duke33 (69) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled the 2004 release. Very nice flavor - the chocolate is not too overpowering, as with some "chocolate" beers. Nice and smooth, but be warned, the 8.5% alcohol will sneak up on you!
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Pours a beautiful black. Strong aroma of sweet chocolate, raisens and maraschino cherries. Beautifully balanced malts - smooth all the way through. Delicious!
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is dark baking chocolate, stale hershey kiss, roasted malt, and clean alcohol. body is black, no light shines through. head is dark tan, thin, somewhat foamy but rapidly diminishing. fizzy carbonation, oily and creamy mouthfeel. dry roasted malt flavor, then smooth alcohol burn and bitter finish. slightly acidic coffee flavor in the finish too. good balance, not too sweet not too dry, and not too much alcohol - which not all stouts can claim.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with small brownish head. aroma is quite unremarkable for an imp. stout. Flavors of dark roasted malt with a hint of choc. strong alc. finish.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black-coffee brown, but thicker with a tan head. Full of chocolate and coffee-like flavor but not sweet. Enjoyable, looking for more.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Garrett is God! Excellent stuff. Pitch black with a lovely brownish head. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts, some dryness (wood) and a little coffee in the end. Nice chocolate bitterness. Overall this could be BB’s best beer - and that is saying a lot!
BiggDaddy (7) - Helen, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is a pallet blowing stout. The aroma just intices you taste buds, well balanced and not overly sweet. the finish just lingers around in your mouth. loved it!!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decided to open my 2004-2005 bottle and let my 2002-2003 continue to age. This beer compliments of Skaughty pours a dark black color with a thick dark tan head at first but it fades into nothingness shortly thereafter with considerable lacing! The aroma is rich with chocolate, vanilla, a hint of alcohol and dark currants. The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick with chocolate, vanilla, dark currants, wood and twigs. Finish is grainy, slightly dry and sweet. Slightly sticky with slight bittering in the finish from a mild hop boost. The chocolate could be bolder, but its done nicely and no portion of this beer is overwhelming.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red/brown colour. Not quite opaque. Oily appearance, reminiscent of coal tar. Little carbonation. Very malty aroma. Mainly burnt malt flavour, with licorice and dark chocolate on the finish. Rich and quite bitter. It’s certainly an assertive and appealing beer but, somehow, I didn’t feel all the parts came together perfectly enough to lift it into the top flight. I often feel mouthfeel of these Imperial Stouts are a little too tarry and sticky, so perhaps its just me. Bottled, courtesy of The_Beer_God..
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an irridescent black withcopper hints throughout. Small head, nice lacing. The aroma is amazing and quite complex. Definate chocolate notes in there, with some fruitiness that I can’t put my finger on. Palate is incredibly silky, coats your tongue and really sticks to the throat. Taste is subtle, yet boldly chocolatey...it has that distinctly imperial stout bitterness that can be quite enjoyable. I like this one very much!