nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma has hints of fruit, maybe black raspberry and sweet bread, maybe the slightest bit of ammoniac. The taste is very smooth, velvety with a rich chocolate impression. The head was dark toffee colored, a very thick beer.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Pours very dark brown with very little head. The aroma has a powerful wine feel to it along with chocolate, caramel. coffee and barley. The taste is very soothing with wine, coffee, caramel and bitter chocolate. I could use more chocolate malts. Good stuff though.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, low compact brown head. Big aroma of blck chocolate and espresso. Full flavour of coffee, cocoa poder, figs and of course black coffee. Long full aftertaste.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle 04-05 vintage: the pour is black with a creamy dary tan head. the aroma is strong of coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, with hints of smoke and caramel. i dont really smell and dark fruits like i expected to. the flavor is of sweet milk chocolate upfront. it the transitions to a more mocha, coffee, dark chocolatey roast flavor that lingers. hints of licorice and dark fruit are in there somewhere. there are also some spicy smokey flavors, maybe tobacco, but i cant quite put my finger. i feel that the 8.5% is hidden quite well.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 04/05 bottling, 1 year old now. Jet black beer with a thick, light brown head, sticky lace. Gorgeous semi-sweet chocolate, light saltiness, prunes, a bit of peppery alcohol in the nose as well. Flavour is amazing. A year has brought the chocolate to the fore. The bitterness has diminished quite a bit, leaving a sweet dark chocolate flavour behind. Full-bodied and slightly sticky feeling in the mouth. Moderate roastiness, but plenty of dried fruit. Finishes sweet, with a touch of coffee, light spice and pepper. Amazing.
04/05 bottling. Pitch black with a thick fine-grained head. Sticky lacing. Sweet milk chocolate and malted milk aroma, with a light touch of salty licorice that intensifies as the beer warms. Full-bodied, chocolatey sweetness up front, a bit of dark fruit (prunes) and molasses in the middle before a big roasty and bitter finish. Very good brew.
07/08 drunk fresh. Pitch black with a huge sticky dark brown head. Aroma is loaded with bittersweet chocolate, soft fruit and charred malts. The flavour is sweet and sticky with a heavy roasty chocolatey sweetness. Good balance, warming alcohol. Full bodied with sweet raisin/prunes that comes out as the beer starts to warm up. Very chewy and earthy. Lovely beer, although I think it is better at about a year old.
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stouby (4152) - Holbśk, DENMARK - APR 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, in GB, Winter 04-05.
Black with dark brown head, normal size, mostly diminishing. Good lacings. Aroma of burnt malt (dark chocolate) and hops. Flavor of dark chocolate, bitter, long duration. Medium body, oily, soft carbonated. The alcohol is felt.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 03-04 bottle from TAR. classic opaque russian imperial stout color with a quickly fading tan head. swirling the black brew in my glass, aromas of expresso and dark bittersweet chocolate rise up to hit my nostrels. upon taking a first sip,flavors of the same expresso and bittersweet chocolate hit the tongue. the medium body of this impy. stout belies everything else there is about this great brew. on the finish, hints of smoke and molasses hit the tongue. as the beer warms, an acidic taste makes an appearance, but is not overpowering. all things considered, this is one hell of a good beer. there is a complexity to it but is yet smooth and delightful.
I have an 04-05 bottle cellered from Rich that I will rate after it has had a chance to age. Thx Jeff, I really enjoyed this one.
12/20/05 - 04-05 bottle from Richlikebeer. Iím not changing the rating numbers but thought Iíd add a few comments about this batch. the aroma was all chocolate! the flavors were more towards the coffee/exspresso notes. slightly more full bodied than I remember the 03-04 version being. I have an 05-06 bottle from Lou waiting in the wings.
Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Vintage 2000-2001. Decent sized dark brown head of very fine bubbles. Settles slowly. Very creamy on top. Almost no carbonation. AWESOME Aroma. Rich and alcoholic. Almost as if it has been bourbon barrel aged. Nice and roasty with some vanilla, raisins and molasses. Bit of cocoa also. Black in color. Wow, flavor is almost as good as the aroma. Strong coffee, dark chocolate, decent bitterness, blast of alcohol and tons of roasted malts that make it thick, syrupy and creamy. Long, burnt malts and coffee finish. Slight carbon finish with a slight bit of chalkyness but it does not detract form the wonderful sensation in the mouth with this brew. An excellent brew and one that has aged and developed wonderfully. A great big thanks to my secret santa (Eyedrinkale)for this prize.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter 2004-2005 Bottling. Poured dark dark dark black with a nice - but small - brown cocao head, which dissapated quickly. Nice taste and aroma of burnt malt, smoky chocolate. Almost like hot chocolate in texture - or maybe melted bakerís chocolate.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am falling hard for this style of beer...and have highly anticaptated tryin this one. It pours out with strong aromas of roasted coffee and cocoa, pitch black with short-lived tan head. Of course, there is dark chocolate and some coffee, and maybe some vanilla flavours...the body is medium, without much maltiness and lacking the rich oily texture many of the better impyís have.
Because of its name, I hoped for more chocoalte taste.