beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest Mahogany no head,molasses and big fusel linement type odor not offensive but lets you know your not going to chug it and be conscious,medium to thin body , no carbonation , strong expresso and burnt malt flavor,some anise rum notes very warming,Please make more
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005, 12oz. bottle, with thanks to Duane for this treat Iíve been after for some time! Wow, pours the darkest oily black I think I have ever seen, with a difficult to rise thin covering of a dark brown head that drifts to a nice ring; minor lacing. Stunning in the glass! Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, dark fruits and light vanilla. Flavor provides plenty from the aroma, with chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits in the forefront, and a nice roast and the slightest of hops bites on the backside along with a good overall warming. This is well done, and hits me just right! Sure hope I can trade for a stockpile when itís released again...
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with kenb - Pours a thick dark brown color with no head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, dark esters, and roasted malt. Very nice. Flavor is alcohol, chocolate, and dark esters. Finish is slightly dry, bitter, and vinous. Medium to full body. A very good beer. Thanks Ken.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle: Deep black core with a dark brown cap that instantly leaves. Awesome nose of peanut butter chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, bourbony plums. Velvetty body with soft carb. Milk chocolate body with underlying notes of raisins, plums and vinious fruits. A bit thin in the finish, but leaves a lasting dose of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Good stuff.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blacker than black. Dark chocolate notes predominate. Easy drinker. A fine stout if you ask me.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle from Styles, my secret santa one year ago. Who sends something this rare as an SS? Styles does, thatís who!
I kept almost trading this away, as its trade value has shot through the roof recently. I got nervous that I would end up trading it and thus never getting to try it, so I decided to just pop it in the fridge and put íer down before it was too late.
Vigorous swirl yields a splash of beer all over my laptop touch pad. Shit. Letís try that one again.
Vigorous swirl yields a sticky sweet peanuty malt aroma. Very strong. As I was pouring this beer I was getting hints of the aroma even from well over a foot away. Impressive. No head at all on the pour. This is an old, old man if Iíve ever seen one. Big, brutish, powerful flavor, big roasty malt dominance and residual bitterness from the long since dead hops. You can definitely taste that they were once powerful, but the mighty kingdom has fallen to the Malts. So it goes.
Finish is alcohol filled, chunky and boisterous. I canít believe how hot this beer is after all this time. Still an impressive offering, but it is super hard to drink. I hate it when beers keep me up past my bedtime.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours like rich black oil, headless, sweet fruity aroma, thick body, lots of roasted flavor, hint of alcohol in the finish, some fruity character trying to break through but may need a couple years to develop, some rich chocolate finally shows up,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma had some soy notes to it and a lot of chocolate to it. Flavor was extrememly smooth with only a light burn from the alcohol. Very complex with some fruitiness coming through. A very tastey imp stout.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C-Bus 8 - Bottle shared by bgburdman: Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Flavor, some dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt notes, sweet and smooth with a nice medium to full body, and a roasty finish. Very nice.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid well made imperial stout. Pours a nice heavy oilish black. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol in the nose. Similar in flavor but not quite what I was hoping for, it felt slightly weak comparatively speaking. Not bad by any standards though.