FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with hardly any carbonation at all and absolutely no head. This beer is pitch black in color and quite viscous looking as I pour it. The aroma smells quite fruity with notes of burnt figs and burnt prunes. These are joined by notes of burnt grain, and roasted coffee as well as some subtle notes of boozy alcohol. I would have to say that rich, concentrated malt notes and chocolate dominate the aroma, it is not nearly as roasty as I was expecting.
The beer is pretty darn thick and viscous as it hits my tongue. It is also lightly sweet, which is accentuated by the complete lack of carbonation. Notes of dark chocolate up front compete with a roasted grain note in the finish. The beer has a certain smooth bitterness in the finish that is also contributed by the roasted malt. The roast note certainly reminds me of black coffee. Notes of fruit are also here with notes of burnt raisins and burnt concentrated plum. There is a bit of a chalky, slightly bitter chocolate note in the middle of this beer.
This beer is pretty nice, but I canít help but think that at least a slight level of carbonation would have made this beer quite a bit better (in both its aromatic and flavor qualities). In fact this beer would be approaching stellar if it was a bit carbonated.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to Silphium. Pours dark dark brown with zero head. Aromas of plum, raisin, molassas, and roastiness. Flavors were smokey malts, chocloalate and other sweetnesses. Alcohol on the finish. Good stuff
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with a thin dark brown head...smell is oaky for sure with lots of charred and roasted chocolate...taste is sweet sweet sweet...chocolate and caramel with a still mouthfeel...somehow, it keeps me going back for another sip and another sip...
flemdawg (521) - Naples, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An older rating from notes. Black body with a small brown head and oily lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses and some sweet cherries. The taste was of alcohol, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Also a bit sugary sweetness as well. Clingy, oily mouth feel.
kramer (4379) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Blackest pour possible that yields a thin dark brown head, no visible carbonation. Heavy chocolate aroma with accents of coffee, alcohol, soy, and smoke. Flavor is a mix of heavily roasted malt, soy and alcohol. Alot of depth and complexity to the flavor. Finish is loads of coffee and burnt malt. Full bodied with an oily texture and minimal carbonation. This beer is awesome! Everything you could want from an Imperial Stout. I can find no shortcomings in this beer. Greatly enjoyed.
MIBRomeo (2460) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
jet balck pour dark brown head some lace. HUGE malt and roast malt aroma hints of maple syrup. Big syruppy palate full coated palate & creamy. Flavor is big sweet molasses chocolate roast malts lots more malts light alcohol some raisen some plum. MMMM BEER.
1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Thanks Chuck! Pours to a dark black body with a thin dark brown head. The aroma is light dark chocolate and sweet coffee espresso. The flavor is a dark chocolate and grassy hops. Very strong flavor. Well balanced and good. 8, 3, 8, 4, 16 = 3.9
So, thanks John for a sample of this renamed beer. The beer pours to a black body with dark brown edges and a thin tan head. The aroma is very similar to Leineís Big Eddy I.S.. The flavor has a rich roasted chocolate and charred black malt. The palate is rich and creamy but has a really charred bitter roasted palate that didnít mingle as much as it could have.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle, thanks Barry) Oily black body with the tiniest sliver of brown carbonation hugging the sides of the glass. Aroma is medium sweet, espresso, some dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, espresso, dark chocolate, some molasses, light earthy -- its rich chocolatey sweetness evokes one of those flourless chocolate tortes. Creamy full body that mostly conceals the alcohol, but lacks carbonation. A little more carbonation, and this would be among my top impys. As it is, this is quite tasty.
SpringsLicker (2943) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This opened with the faintest "popí and proceded to pour a flat, oily, dense black brew into my snifter.
Roast malt aroma that carried some coffee notes.
Much more in the flavor than the aroma had prepared me for, adding to the aforementioned coffee and licorice, with some vanilla cream, and some chocolate. Thick and coating, thereís a nice feel to this sipper.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beauty of an opaque, black beer warns the drinker even before its consumption. It challenges "I am old, I am history, I am the pinnacle of saturation, I am what brewers strive to perfect." Rarely does any other beer style taunt me or make me question myself as much as an Imperial Stout. That said, looking at how that muddy, cinnamon-colored head forms nothing more than a thin collar at the edge of the glass lets me know this is strong. Aroma has everything I would expect from an Imperial Stout less the strong, black current/burnt fruit I prize so highly in this style. Instead it hits with cream, toasted white bread, molasses and maple syrup, higher/fruity alcohols, licorice, caramel, and even a subdued burnt fruit raises it head as the beer warms. After 10 or more minutes basking in the glory of the aroma I decided to taste it. Quite right, but still quite young. The palate was not as complex as the aroma and the alcohol showed itself as spiciness, warmth, and almost numbing on the tongue. One thing I really like about this beer is that even though there is an amazing amount of dark malts utilized in its production, it has no sour character.