Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, deep black with a fluffy, tan head. Big, coffee nose with a rich, roasted, burnt malt aroma with hints of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, espresso, and dry toast. The body is thick, roasty and full. The mild to moderate carbonation is pleasant on the tongue. The flavor shows more intense coffee elements, akin to the Two Brother’s Old Man’s Irish Coffee. The cocoa, caramel and mild molasses-style sweetness sit in the back, happy to accompany the strong burnt coffee. The hops are evident, but somehow seem to contribute to the intense roasted bitterness of this beer. I’m not a huge fan of the Imperial Coffee Stout style, but this is pretty good.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 2005 version, sampled in October, 2005: hugely fluffy, large bubbled, brownish, taupe head. Thins, but never disappears; remains a gray layer of bubbles. Outrageous milky coffee aroma, with roasted toffee, peanuts, chocolate, bitter chlorophyll. Intense, milk chocolaty flavour with a long, slow, sweet bitterness. Opaque, reddish brown with slightly transparent, golden highlights around the edges. Smooth, exceptionally clean palate, that is missing what I truly love about imperial stouts – the vinous dark fruity, silkiness. Bits of grain fleck the texture and though it doesn’t de-tract from the flavour, isn’t what I am hoping for…still, this beer is among the top of a harder and harder style to compete for the top spot…
IndianaRed (2035) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle graciously shared by Buch Dich athe the Boise RB poker night.
Very dark and viscous with small tan head and persistant though sparce lacing. Very strong coffee aroma. DUH ! Very thick and slick. Deep smokey flavors but just over the top coffee just kicking it. Very interesting and delicious. Ive had a few other highly reated coffeee imperial stouts and liked them as well. Sweet, coffee, molassas and smokey goodness.
Thanks Jordan for sharing
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Courtesy of Matta @ Denverlogan’s GABF 05 Party. Why I had to go to Denver to sample a beer brought from a guy just across town I have no idea!
Extremely one dimensional. I mean ridiculously so, but there is still beer in this and that is where many coffee infused stouts go wrong.
HUGE coffee aroma with hints of quality milk chocolate. Deep black with a firm fluffed up head. Bitter acidic coffee fore with some mild creaminess and an esspresso finish.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Wunderbier. As Iceman said this is 1984 Michael Jackson....never mind. Well it had a nice appearance. Do you like Espresso? If you say yes you may cream your.....never mind. If not you may be looking for something else. A very bitter chocolate and coffee taste. You need not seek complexity here just a coffee house. Is this beer overrated? Oh yes. But is it good? Yes also. Starbucks beer style homies....
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful black body with a thick frothy light brown head. Very full strong roasted coffee aroma, almost burned with some bitterness from the roast. Hints of alcohol. Flavor is dominated by coffee, coffee and coffee, dark roasted almost biding. Vague hints of chocolate in there also. Pretty sharp and bitter behind the stout sweetness. One dimensional, but what a dimension it is! If you like stout and coffee (which I do) this beer is something for you! Need a little more body/smoothness to be world dominating!!
Thank you so much Rich (richlikebeer) for going through so much to get me this one!
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full roast coffee nose, hint of chocolate, black as night, big cappuccino head, oily lace. Roast coffee flavour, chocolate and liquorice too. Full bodied, bitter as can be, oily, resiny. Majestic! The 2003 must have been heavenly?!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, first run. Near opaque black hue with dark brown edges. Thick, creamy/frothy, brown head with some large bubbles. Roast espresso, dark unsweet chocolate, caramel. Even as this warms I could entice few more aromas to appear. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter flavor. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. There’s a heavy grape flavor that I’m not too fond of. Medium-full bodied, oily texture, lively carbonation. Nice, dry chocolate aftertaste is really the best thing going on here.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Bottled version. Pours black with a large coarsely bubble head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of roasted coffee and vanilla. Flavor is roasted coffee, somewhat acidic with a bit of vegetal harshness. Feel is a bit thin and is way too fizzy and carbonated. One dimesional. A disappointment. I’ve heard the draught version is much better.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Wow, what a difference just a couple months makes... Impy Stouts are now one of my favorites styles and this is my favorite beer! Pours a dark almost black color with a very thick head and lots of off-white, thick lasting lacing. The aroma is totally roasted and smells just like the best coffee you can possibly dream up! I would say that it’s melts in your mouth, but i don’t think its possible for an imperial stout to do that, so as soon as i think of an equivalent to that statement, i’ll put it in! The flavor is out of this world with coffee and chocolate!