TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pours jet black with a thick, retained dark tan colored head. Aroma is rich with vanilla and cream, chocolate cake and wood. Mouthfeel is slick and elegantly soft. Flavor is very enjoyable with molasses, very rich dark cholcolate and enought hops to produce a dry, hoppy finish. Delicous. Thanks to Larry Pitonka!!!
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz shared among Duane and illini08. Many thanks! Poured extremely black with nice lacing and the darkest head Iíve seen. Heavy oak aroma and flavor with a mixture of coffee and chocolate. Enough molasses to not overpower this very earthy stout. Awesome brew.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber, many thanks to Styles for the bottle from a trade a couple of months ago. shared w/illini08 & Nimrod.
extremely black with a tan head and lacing. aroma and flavors of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, oak and a hint of bourbon. licorice and molasses add another level of flavor and complexity making this a no brain-er as a top notch brew.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Duane shared a 22 oz. er w/ myself and nimrod. Thanks Dad! Black pour with a gray/brown head. Very roasty, chocolaty aroma. Flavor is pretty complex. Very roasty and woody. The oak aging is very evident, giving some earthy character to it. Just a hint of vanilla and not really any bourbon to speak of which surprised me a bit. Chocolate, coffee, and some caramel as well. Just a hint of a piney hop finish. Good stuff!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled with brewblackhole. Dark color. Smell of coffee, hops, toasted malt, coco, copper, little oak, dark fruit and a touch of vanilla and spice. Taste of coffee, chocolate, hops, malt, bread, rasberries, cake batter, alcohol, and caramel. Very nice but a little weaker to the Dark Lord "07". Still a nice Imperial Stout.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was coffeeish and chocolate,and little hints of alcohol,medium intensity at best, Smooth creamy ,velvety chocolate,is the first thing to grab my palate,high quality chocolate, following sips reveal mellow vanilla, caramel and hints of bourbon alcohol,and a touch of christmas cookie anise, Lots of subtlety here, as smooth a brew as Iíve had in a long time,a touch thinner then Dark Lord and Stones,to appreciate you should be stone cold sober and have an absolutely sterile palate
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, drank from snifter.
Pours a dark almost black color with only a small head. I commented on how good it looked in the glass.
Smell is roasty. Very roasty with some molasses coming through as well.
Taste is much the same. All Iím getting is lots of roastiness. No bourbon barrel or barrel aging coming through at all. It was smooth and creamy, yet a tad thin on mouthfeel. Wasnít getting the plethora of complexity that was advertised. Iíll sit on the last few and let them age for awhile and see if they balance out more.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: The aroma has lots of roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, light caramel, vanilla, and a hint of burnt wood. It pours virtually black with a small brown head. The flavor has lots of roasted coffee and black licorice. Thereís also some moderate chocolate, molasses, and caramel. It finishes with some burnt notes, piney hops, and a hint of wood and vanilla. There bourbon presence in this is extremely minimal. Very nice.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 2007 Reserve sampled on 2/23/08: Pours an oily opaque black with a clingy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet doughy dark caramel and mild vanilla with a touch of dark fruits. Starts with decent viscosity and sticky dark caramel malt balanced with earthy bitterness and dark chocolate balance. Fairly complex but a little too dry and overly oaky..
Bottle sampled on 2/21/07: Pours an opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a frothy, well-lacing light brown head. Aroma of some sweet, earthy dark caramel with a touch of toasty sugar cookie notes. Body starts sweet, sticky and viscous with an earthy dark chocolate and slightly oaky finish. A nicely-balanced, yet fairly drinkable imperial stout.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, courtesy of kyzr (thanks!), pours a dark black with a sizable dark brown foamy head and good lacing. Aroma of espresso, molasses and some faint chocolate, bourbon and licorice. Flavor is espresso, with some burnt/roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate; licorice is faintly detectable. Palate is full and creamy, with some alcohol warmth and a lingering bitter finish. A very nice IS, and imagine it would age well.