thedm (4852) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
JSquire, Hotstuff and I had this at a tasting party at his house last night. We had a blind 5 stout tasting and this was #3. By far, this was the best beer of the evening. This bottled brew from a rating party poured a extremely small sized head of fine to medium sized bubbles that were fully diminished and left behind a no visible carbonation black colored body and thick foamy lacing. The nice aroma was roasted malt sweet coffee and dark malt. The semi-thick mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a biting malty aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of toasted malt roasted malt dark malt and coffee. This one gave me to good sign! The beer shivers! Good job here.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle for rating #2000: Pitch black in color, moderate to large brownish head, quite foamy, lacing is fairly spotty tho. † Heavy roasted malts,
heavy chocolate malt, graham cracker, and semi-sweet cocoa on the nose. † Picks up an Oatmeal like quality as it warms. † Quite
sweet, body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. † Almost cloying in its sweetness, but just enough bitterness to counteract it. †
Slight campfire or charred wood emerges as well. † Finishes with heaps of cocoa and a soft touch of hop bitterness. † Very subtle
licorice is present. † Heavy roasted malts from start to finish. † I didnít get any Oak in this one. † Solid example of an
Imperial Stout. † At least one that is quite big but doesnít kill you with its alcohol. † This one is 11% but rides quite nice. †
A slight warming is all I get out of this one. † Oh, did I mention clean? † Yeah, comes across as being tailored pretty well. † I
am glad I was able to get one with its such limited distribution here in Washington.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very dark beer out of the bottle, with a short lived brown head that shrank to a lasting whisp. Viscous coating on the side of the snifter. Dark sweet aroma of charcoal, molasses, and coffee. This is an incredibly complex beer. Lots of coffee, chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, alcohol, and wood. You feel every bit of the 11% without it really interfering with the flavor. Thick mouthfeel. This is one of the beers that lives up to the hype. Big flavors in a big beer.
kramer (4368) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, a generous gift from Zathrus13. Pours a pitch black body under a creamy and foamy one finger dark brown head that slowly faded to a thin film. Aroma is an odd combo of roasted peanuts, chocolate, tar, pressure treated plywood, black licorice, and burnt malt. No molasses, vanilla, or bourbon really, which I find quite odd. The flavor is really quite harsh. Lots of roast and burnt malt up front, but then the finish is astringent and tannic as hell. I just kept recalling that pressure treated lumber I got in the nose and could only imagine that this is what it would taste like to chew on some. At least the alcohol is well hidden, and the bourbon isnít overdone. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little oily in texture with moderate fizzy carbonation. This is just one beer that doesnít do it for me. No idea what everybody sees in this one that I donít.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A thick and heavy beer. This beer does have coffee, but also malt and lots of oak in the flavor. Some sugar, which I suspect is the molasses, and abundant coffee in the flavor. Any bourbon that might be there is hidden by the coffee and that is fine with me.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Degarth. A beautiful bottle, I must say... the black wax top is very smooth and even, and the label is lovely. Once poured, it exhibits really nice lacing, with patterns more akin to real lace than any beer lace Iíve seen.
Aroma is powerful bitter coffee, a lot more so than many ISs of late. Only the slighest hint of oak in the aroma, with no bourbon noticed -- probably for the better! Bourbon in a beer like this would dominate. Flavor is similar, but very rich and round, smooth, robust but not punchy. If I were to assign the texture of this beer a surface, Iíd choose a high-grade glass ball. Smooth, but not velvetty, but not cheap like plastic either. Ya know what I mean? This beer is extremely well balanced and well made, and is a lot less in your face than many of the other imperial stouts in the top 50. Well done!
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is characteristic of its name: deep, dark, and bold. Luxuriously frothy brown-gray head with an exceptional nose-mouth-palate roundness that is unequaled. At 11% ABV, I would have never guessed. Complexities such as liquorish, chocolate, and vanilla play on the palate like a stroll through beervana. Mmmmmm!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 Thanks to joebrew for sharing. Black as night with lots of brown head. Anise chocolate and coffee with some smoke in this very smooth beer.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a great dark black/brown, with a great brownish head. Nice caramel, toffee, coffee, anise, and sweet sugar malt. Great deep anise, chocolate, coffee, floral notes, and a raisen like sweetness on the finish. Wonderful beer with a great mouthfeell. Thanks a ton to Larry_Pitonka(Andre) for the trade.
nflmvp (13) - Fox Valley, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An aggressive pour into my snifter, emptied this bomber completely, leaving a 2 finger head of mocha colored cream, topped by a rocky layer of bubbles on top. The body is nearly pitch black. Light barely penetrates the cap, reflecting back the mocha cap that is the creamy head.
Smell is mostly chocolate to my nose but thereís some roastiness to it along with vanilla and just a hint of bourbon.
Taste is mostly chocolate again but the bourbon shines through in a light and pleasing manner. Hints of vanilla and roasted malts round out this beautiful sipper.
Mouth feel is full and smooth with well rounded edges.
Drinkability is good. I could sip this all night long....and I just may since I poured the whole bomber into one glass.
As it warms, this becomes even more tasty, although the alcohol also shows itself more so drinkability doesnít improve...not that Iím complaining ;-)