dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple drafts at EDAs post Thanksgiving bash. Pours a super slick oily pitch black body with a small mocha brown head, a little more head and this one is a 5 on appearance. The aroma is very sweet overall for an impy thanks to the vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa nibs. The dark roasted malts combine with the other ingredients to form an anise aroma. Also detected was cocoa, espresso, vanilla, chocolate and pepper. The flavor is great with lots of pepper coming in on the aftertaste and sweetness in the begining with some espresso and roastiness in the middle. Full bodied with soft carbonation and an oily slick feel overall. Very nice overall and I love the addition of the peppers to add that heat that really sets this one apart from the others.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz counterpressure-filled bottle, courtesy of spacecoyote. Thanks, Carl! This beer... man. Pitch-black core; slight oiliness and viscosity; dark, dark cocoa head with excellent retention and persistent fine-bubbled lacing; this is not a light beer; as dark as I remember Expedition being, maybe darker; a perfect pour. Gorgeous, beautifully presented aroma: plenty of cocoa, leather, and cinnamon; minimal hop presence, but this is anything but overtly sweet: hints of tootsie roll?; dense, perfectly balanced chocolate and cocoa presence mixed with a cinnamon character that is just lovely here; touch of vanilla; touch of peppery heat, sure, but not as much as the mouth; whereas some imperial stouts seem cluttered, this is clear in the notes it strikes: cinnamon, cocoa, light roast and char; just a gorgeous presentation; so close to perfect. Full mouthfeel: oily, creamy, viscous presence on the palate without coming off as heavy; itís hard for me to put something above Expedition, but this is wonderful: oily, good amounts of nuttiness and chocolate and charred notes, and the peppery notes and cinnamon mix in beautifully; dense and layered flavor without coming off as heavy; intensely drinkable; everything melded so well by the perimeter of heat, the suggestion of a cinnamon latte; Iím getting hints of eggnog, cocoa, peppers without any vegetal character; wow. Just, wow. After the few other Cigar City offerings Iíve tried, I was expecting to be, maybe?, underwhelmed... Layers upon layers of perfectly presented spice, cocoa, chocolate, cinnamon, and creaminess. Lasting finish: here, the cocoa notes really shine, along with an oily peanut character, light roast, and lasting chocolate. This is the most beautiful beer I have ever tasted. Even Ryan, dear god, would like this beer.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark black color with a large, creamy to frothy, good , fully lasting, copper to light brown head. Aroma is ligt heavy malty, roasted, caramel, soap, sweet vanilla, sweet cinnamon, vegetable. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, chilli - peppery - cinnamon spice burn finish. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft to flat. 
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle via trade, big thanks to Gillard for this rarity. Shared it at a tasting. Pours pitch black and pretty viscous with a creamy tan head that has some large bubbles. Amazing aroma - chocolate, spices, roast, smoke, and mild chili peppers. Flavor is incredible and moves through several phases. Starts with semi-sweet chocolate then roast and coffee, followed by some smoke, vanilla, then chili peppers, cinnamon, wood and bitter cocoa and hops on the finish. The complexity is pretty crazy. Medium full on the palate with a bitter cocoa chalkiness. Bitterness really sticks with you, and I feel like itís more from the cocoa than the hops. Drinkability is not great, but I think this works very well as a sipper. This is pretty much the best cigar beer ever.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Beautiful pour. As this warms and breathes the aroma really opens up, with nice, smooth spicy complexity but not much in the way of the actual beer. A lot of cinnamon all around, some definite spice from the chili peppers but in a very balanced way. Pretty much all the roast is covered by vanilla and cocoa. Full bodied with minor pepper throughout, more cinnamon and cocoa, perhaps some tomatillo. A delicious beer, but sadly one that is completely defined by its spice treatment and little else. Fails to wow.
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 14,900th rating. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chili, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, soy sauce, alcohol, chocolate, and chili, leading to a dry roasted finish. The alcohol leaves a burn in the mouth.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Balck with a medium dark beige/deep espresso head. Spicy aroma with burned malt, chilis, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavour had a nice chili touch, burned malt, dark bitter chocolate and coffe. Finished dry and somewhat spicy.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 Hand bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours pitch black with a deep almost reddish brown head - Iíve never quite seen anything like it. The aroma is equally unique, a really enticing mixture of vanilla, hard roasted malts, and a whiff of chili - everything perfectly balanced. The body is solid, lots of hard roasted malts, some sweet cocoa comes out and the chili leaves a little bite on my lips. The finish is dark chocolate, the hard roasted malts leaving a little bitterness. Finally a truly unique Imperial Stout with the spicing being perfectly subtle and balanced. I really dig this. 141109
MiP (12840) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Handbottled. Sweet vanilla aroma. Black colour. Small dark brown head, reddish almost like copper. The flavour has some cinnamon, sweetness. Subtle warming feel, at first it seems like alcohol, but it is probably the peppers. The flavour is very sweet with a distinct roast barley note, but it is balanced OK by the alcohol and chilli. Perhaps a bit too many flavours added, but at least they are quite subtle. Very late coffee aftertaste.
yespr (28651) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 33 cL handbottled, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours dark browh to black with a chocolate brown head. Aroma is smooth fruity and hardroasted malty. Dark chocolate and slight peppery spice note to this. Herbal and peppery flavoured, coffee and chocolate herbal note to a hardroasted malt base. Bitter, spiced and acidic roasted malt base. Sticky chocolate flavoured with a distinct acidic roasted note. Peppery bite in the finish. Lingering sweet dark roasted malt flavoured into the far finish.8-4-8-4-15=3.9
22 fl oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted, fruity and light spiced. Sweet dark malty, spiced and light fruity. Bitter, roasted and slight spiced. Lingering dark roasted and chocolate malty.8-4-8-4-15=3.9