5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours pitch black, large tannish colored foamy head, with sticky lacing. Soft hop bitterness on the nose, roasted malts and even a slight toasted marshmallow aroma. Smooth roasty malt flavor, with an underlying hop bitterness that resides on a thin bed of semi-sweet chocolate. Enjoyable body, medium to full mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness, albeit soft, with roasted malts and minor semi-sweet chocolate. Nothing out of the ordinary, but solid. Thanks goes out to MrFacto for the trade!
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, opaque brown-black, medium tan head dissipating to a small coating of bubbles. Big roasty nose with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Strong roasted malt body with coffee and a strange tangy acidity around the edges. Strains to reveal a touch of dark fruit and a hint of sweetness, but remains mostly roasted malts and coffee, perhaps with a dissolved cough lozenge thrown in for good measure. I wouldn’t classify this as an Imperial Stout, but it is still a tasty beer. Thanks Tom (CaptainCougar) for the bottles!
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
yet another thanks to loweredsixth for this brew.i was greated with a black body and a nice brown head that simmered down to almost nothing.my eyes lit up when my nose recireved chocolate,cocoa,mocha,and what flutetokill pointed out as salty pretzels.i got much of the same in the flavor,very smooth and a nice chocolate overtone.it has been a very nice day of stouts indeed!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma was chocolatey, roasty, woody, with a touch of alcohol. The flavor was full, well rounded...with roasty chocolate. Crisp feel, not too thick...semi-dry feel. Thanks BBB63!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color with a light brown head. Chocolate, coffee and pretzel aroma. Nice rich chocolate, coffee and pretzel flavors. Very crisp feel with a dry hops finish.
zathrus13 (1666) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black pour, with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate, malt, and coffee. Flavors are coffee, bitter chocolate, and some roastiness too. Pretty good, but not top notch.
SpringsLicker (2941) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to MrFacto for this one!
A vigorous pour right into the middle of the snifter raised a small head that quickly became a tan ring around the edge of the glass. Opaque black in color.
This has a powerful entoxicating aroma! I love it, and this hasn’t even warmed up yet! Chocolate, coffee, rich roast malt, alcohol, very complex and inviting. Just the right thing for a night approaching single digit temperatures here in the Tennessee Mountains.
The flavor is mildly bitter delivered on a smooth medium palate. There was no date on this bottle to indicate it’s age, but I think this one would have improved with a bit more time. Still a decent Imperial Stout.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Santa for this brew! Coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and alcohol fill the aroma. Body is black with a thin mocha head. Very light Imperial Stout, taste is dominated by coffee which is real plesant. A tad thin, but it’s a nice brew.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with decent head. No overwhelming aroma’s just a little coffee and chocolate. Sweet stout flavor to start fades to a bitter finish. Thin body. Just lacks in almost every category.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown, near black in color. Decent light brown head leaves good lacing behind. Coffee and chocolate are the big aroma’s that I notice. A little thin, perhaps my expectations are a bit much with this style. Very big flavors of deeply roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Hops increase in bitterness towards the finish. Decent beer.