KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pitch black color. Thin, bubbly, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, and roasted notes. Flavor is nice and silky smooth. Chocolate notes up front lead to a smoky ending. Finish is slightly bitter. Very low carbonation and the alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with a pretty but short lived brown head. Bold complex and robust nose with lits of cocoa, espresso, fudge, berries, licorice, and tobacco. Very enticing. The flavor is a great blend of milk and dark chocolate and some minor smokey roasted notes. The fine carbonation gives the beer of a gritty mouthfeel with some oilyness.
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy Eithcubes. Pours inky black with a thin dark tan head. Big roasted grain, coffee, chocolate malt and dark fruit aroma very complex. Nice thick body with lots of the roasted grains, coffee grounds, chocolate taste going on with hints of raisin and plum. Amazing complexity, finishes with big coffee and chocolate notes that makes you keep coming back for more. Really good.
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Jet black. Headless, laceless. Huge salty, meaty, coffee nose. Creamy medium body. All kinds of things happening all at once on the mid-palate: beef jerky, campfire, salt, bacon, chocolate, coffee. Enormously complex and confusing, but fun and harmonious at the same time. Doesn’t make sense on paper, but this is truly one of those great beers that’s far better enjoyed than discussed. Fruits, smoke, meat...can’t reconcile it all. Big salty, smoky beer with a long salty finish. Great stuff.
Theis (13357) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at GABF 2008. Black - brown head. Coffee, licorice, burned, berries, light lactic, chocolate, smooth body, nice hoppy, oily, sweetness. Hides the alcohol very well....
BelgianBeerGal (3137) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled via trade. This was a super easy drinking Impy stout. First off, 12 ABV are you kidding me? NEVER would have guessed that from the aroma or flavour. Very well hidden. Pours like used motor oil that slicks your glass. Pleasant aroma of chocolate and malt. Flavour is dominated dark bitter chocolate but there is some sweetness in the finish. Very well done.
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home.
[ Courtesy of Secret Santa ]. Clear dark black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, roasted, browen sugar, light alcoholic, burnt notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. (160808)
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Footbalm. Thanks, Eric! I’ve been holding on to this one for some time, and figured it was about time to partake. Dark chocolate aroma with some sweetness evident. No coffee evident. Completely opaque body that has a small, light brown head with a ring that lingers. Rich, chocolate flavor that has a considerable hop profile, but like most ’’hoppy’’ imp stouts, you have to be paying attention to notice it until it warms up. Although there is clearly some strength to this brew, it hides the 12% to make it taste more like 8.5%. Is this a ’’wow’’ stout? No. Perhaps I sat on it too long (6-7mos) as I detect that the carbonation and crispness of character is fading a bit by mid-glass. Still, a very good brew.
rayg1 (550) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beer I should have rated over 2 months ago. My buddy Ross hooked me up with this when I returned from Japan to the United States on leave. Thank you to him and whoever got him the bottle. The beer pours out thick and black as coal. Aroma is a bit sweeter than I thought it should be, lots of chocolate and less of your typical roasted smell you would expect from an imperial stout. Taste is sweeter than I anticipated too. Interesting, this one is much more focused on the chocolate flavors than a roasty imperial stout. Still, the beer produced enough roast and thick creaminess to score high in most areas. A good stout but a bit sweeter than I like.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/24/2008: Incredible! The massive, thick aroma of Dark Horse Brewing Company Plead the 5th Imperial Stout Ale lumbers from the glass and contains a battery of heavily roasted and caramelized malts, dark chocolate, mocha, licorice, and fine alcohol. This beer just smells big and thick and those characteristics are verified by the massive flavor chocolate, dark chocolate, espresso, darkly roasted malts, coffee, caramel, and some herbal hoppiness. The alcohol is actually more evident in the nose than it is in the acutal flavor, making this huge Imperial Stout way too drinkable! This medium-full body of opaque, black beer is just bursting with flavor that glides effortless over the palate. It has a really smooth and soft palate due to the low level of carbonation. Actually, the mouthfeel is almost chewy! There must have been a ton of malt that went into creating this beer. Overall this is an impressive Imperial Stout that has many of the charateristics that I most enjoy. I highly recommend this beer as it will definitely surpass expectations!
12 fl. oz. bottle from Tmoney99. Thank you very much Tom. I appreciate it! Rating #236 for this beer...