SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy boboski. Black. No head, only a few small bubbles here and there around the edge of the glass and one larger one directly in the center that just popped. Big roasty, dark chocolate nose with some old wood, smoke, marshmallows, and subtle dark fruits, also. Great nose. Flavor to match but less intense until the finish, which is big time bittersweet chocolate, subtle coffee, and vinous dark fruits. Flavor also has a small dose resinous hops. Full/medium body, smooth, viscous, with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Great imperial stout, probably a bit past its prime, but still excellent.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of jjpm74, believe its an 05, but unsure. Pours a thick black, with a very very thin, dark brown head. Smells of roasted chocholate, coffee, and iím picking up some cherries. Flavors of chocholate and coffees, nice thick mouthfeel, quite smooth, good malt, almost no carbonation, with just a slight alcohol burn. Very nice winter brew, i just canít get enough of these great impys.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of artusory, thanks aghain Ryan! Rating #300 for those keeping count. A very, vary hard pour leaves a thick, oily black liquid with a millisecons tan head that dissapates to the rim of the snifter. The aroma comes out with chocolate,molasses, roasted-bready malts, a bit of coffee, and some dark fruits. Flavoris both roasty and vinous, lots of chocolate and roasted malt in the front with a boozey bite with some bitter coffee flavor. Very thick and rich over the tounge...very light carboantion with a nice combonation of smokey/roastiness and bittersweet booziness. Finishes a bit bitter, roasty and dry. Some of the booze/vinous elements seem to intensify as it warms. Overall, a nice take on the style that seems to find a niche for itself amoung the many imperial stouts out there. Would be amazing when itís freezing outside.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 12 oz bottle via Styles (thanks!). THis just might be the blackest thickest pour ever. No head. The aroma is licorice, anise, chocolate, figs and alcohol. Mmmm taste starts out with some sweet chocolate, then some licorice, subtle plums, coffee, and ends with a very roasted and yummy chocolate pudding. Full bodied. Light carbonation. Aftertaste lingers and makes you yearn for the next drink....World class stuff.
rerate-orig was 9/4/8/5/18-2005 bottle, rating august 2009, so approx 4 years old. Nose is roasty, coffee, licorice, anice. Taste is the same with some very nice dark currants and chocolate, and even some vanilla bean in the aftertaste. No head, and carbonation is almost nil, but that is ok as it really allows the flavors to shine. Has aged better than almost any stout i have thus aged...
madsberg (9530) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Light brown head. Roast, sweetness, chocolate and alcohol in the nose. Flavour has coffee, roast, alcohol and loads of chocolate. Is light herbal. Full bodied. Roasty and herbal bitter end. Is quite flat, but still a higly drinkable beer. A million thanks to BBB6 for this mighty brew.
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black and a thin brown head. Roasted aroma with a warming alcohol tone. Milk chocolate and coffee in there as well. Flavor is dark roasted with a nice hoppyness and plenty of bitter coffee bean. Sharp and biding on the tongue yet complex. A really nice stout, could use a slight more carbonation though. Thanks a lot Mads for this treat!
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head, Smells of coffee, roasted malt and some licorice. Taste is of dark fruit, coffee, sugar and some tartness.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 12oz bottle via trade with Duane! - Thanks! - Pours black like motor oil with very little tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits, big roasted malts, and a touch of tobacco. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, tobacco, molasses, raisin, a touch of liccorice, and just a touch of the alcohol on the back of each sip. Palate is heavy, thick and almost chalk-like. Quite chewy at first but slick on the finish with a dry alchoholic finish. Complex and unique.
Rerate at C-bus 8 - Wow this is better than I gave it credit for last time... Really good stuff... 8-4-8-5-17
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
04.28.06 12oz bottle sampled at Paulís Pre-TAPNY. I almost didnít even try this beer because I didnít recognize the label as being different from the Fore (which Iíve had enough to let others get a chance at a tasting). Well, thanks to some persistent urging by the good crew at Paulís, I was convinced that this was indeed a new beer to me -- and what a beer it was! Appropriately black pour with thin and fading brown head. Massive aromas are unpretentious with simple toasty oats, burned bread, and dark molasses. Awesomely simple without excessive fruitiness, sweetness, or other nonsense. Hints of anise, tobacco, and mineral soil linger but never take the fore. Basically, itís one of the driest impy stouts Iíve tried, and itís still pretty hot so, in my opinion, might get even more dry. Nice stuff. These guys brew good beer.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled thanks to Mr. Styles! One of those nights when you really just need a big beer. Poured an exceptionally thick black with not a whole lot going on head-wise. Nose was of heavily-roasted dark malts and some alcohol... soy and licorice provided the first impressions, followed by dry, dark chocolate, vinous notes, and raisins. The alcohol was complementary. Flavor was full and complex... sporting rich, slightly-scorched dark malts (basically the same composition as in the aroma)... picked up some coffee flavor and bitterness around the edges. Alcohol was strong and certainly present, but it never got in the way. Slightly grainy and medium-full bodied on the palate.. just a tad slick from the booze. Very good brew.