sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled) Almost black with a small, lacy and beige head. Extremely strong ashtray aroma with some licorice, but no alcohol. Burned-malty, very ashy flavor with tar, seaweed, and an ashy-sticky barley wine finish. Quite full-bodied, smooth-carbonated palate. It is strange how a beer so ashy can actually be this pleasant. Beautifully crafted!
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#200! Bottle courtesy of GMCC2181.
Pours a pitch black with one finger tan head. Nose is chocolate, espresso, cocoa and burnt coffee grounds. Palate is dark chocolate, French roast coffee, roasted barley and espresso with a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish. Lots of dark chocolates and coffee, both of which I really like. Creamy mouth feel with nice lacing. Alcohol is well hidden in this slow sipper. A very good impy stout that’s worthy of its lofty reputation. Thanks again Gabe!
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had this many times, but now I have my own 12oz, no date from beerbuzzmontreal for myself. Eventually I’ll get around to putting in past reviews. Deep brown--black in the glass--with a small tan head, fading to a thick ring and thin film. The strongest aroma here is coffee, and anise comes next (as far as picking up aromas goes). Plenty of roasted malts and baker’s chocolate with some sweet brown sugar is noted. Flavor is drier and less sweet than the aroma had led on--not that it really smelled that sweet anyway. Scorched coffee and roast are up front with some anise again. The finish is dry and slightly ashy with some warming alcohol noted and bitterness peaking around a 3. Light prickly carbonation with a medium body. I remember the bombers of this being quite a bit better--maybe I’m wrong.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
9.5%ABV. 12oz bottle. Aroma is ashy, coffee, and even some jalapeño aromas. Wow, lots of coffee flavors. Rich, over roasted coffee flavors. Burnt! Bitter coffee ground finish. Very different, very good. not sure of the high score though.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pitch black with a large frothy chocolate head that fades somewhat quickly. Aroma is coffee roasts with sweet caramel and vanilla notes. The taste is burnt coffee grounds with a bitter finish.
A bit too harsh all around. Maybe aging it would make it mellow and creamier.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was one of the greatest beers I have had. I really enjoyed the harshness of the roastyness in this one. The coffee is burned too much and acidic tasting like dirt-extract. I can’t see myself drinking more than three of these, but imperial stouts aren’t a style I penalize too much for lower drinkability because even the great ones I get sick of after three or four due to their heaviness. There was a light fruit flavor in the beer too, uncharacteristic of the style, almost like fresh oranges. This was one very different beer, incredibly harsh but so well done I was shocked with every sip I took.
Nephilium (1593) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
As a java junkie and a beer geek, I was extremely excited to find this beer in my local store. This starts with an aroma of sweetened coffee, and pours black with a huge tan head. There is a bit of dark roasted aromas hiding behind the starting sweet coffee. Starts with a slightly sweet taste, that is quickly overwhelmed by a bitter roasted flavor. The coffee used in it seems to be a bit overroasted, adding to bitterness. Nice thick mouthfeel to the beer. However, I’ll still lean towards Speedway Stout for a coffee stout.
bp (847) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a dark tan head and pretty nice lacing on the glass, aroma is heavy on the coffee, taste is obviously coffee flavored but not as overpowering as I was expecting, the beer also has some roasted malt taste, leaves a bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth like you just drank some coffee. Very nice coffee stout - one of the best I’ve had.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown in color with a very pillowy inch of head. Smell is very roasty. A very burnt coffee grinds kind of smell. Taste is much the same.
I had the earlier release of this beer a few years back in a bomber and it tasted completely different than this. The earlier bottle had a luxurious, velvety, espresso flavor. This newer release has a burnt coffee flavor. Decent mouthfeel, but I have to think that there is something slightly off with this bottle.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 [5.8.08 bottle]Thanks to whoever brought this to us on DLD 08! Pours near black, a little bit oily, with an unexpected larger beige frothy head. Incredible cinnamon coffee ground aroma with notes of chocolate, raisins and licorice as well. Great coffee flavor that is just sweet enough. Low dry bitterness. I like this better than Bourbon Kentucky Breakfast. Slightly creamy, but somewhat thin, body with low carbonation. This is a very very drinkable IRS. [rerate 2.6.09 126.96.36.199.17] . . . . . . . . . . [rerate, bottle says early 08, but I’m thinking I meant to write early 09???] Pours beautifully, almost a 5. Aroma of malt flour, mocha, sweet, dark chocolate, a bit of soy, light vanilla... still pleasant, 8. Flavor has held up alright, coffee is stale at this point, sweet syrupy chocolate soy type thing, vanilla and cream, maybe getting a touch vegetal at this point, 8. Body is slick and syrupy light fizzy spreadout carb, 4, 15 . . . . . . .188.8.131.52.15]