lamas (1277) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Bottled on: 11/04. An opaque black pour with a HUGE fluffy brown head that lasts and lasts and leaves thick rings of lacing. More coffee in the aroma than any other beer I’ve had thus far. Lots of chocolate pudding and some vanilla and alcohol in there too. My girlfriend says it smells like a fresh espresso. It’s amazing and truly unique. A good bit of coffee and chocolate in the flavor too. Lots of sweet roasty, toasty malts start off and transition to some rich chocolate, nuts and cocoa. Finishes with a nice bitter black coffee/hoppiness that lingers. The high ABV is hidden very well. An excellent beer that’s unlike anything I’ve had before.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle dated Nov 2004. Thanks to Drunk as a Skunk for sharing it with me. Eclipse black color. Large foamy tan head. Aroma is roasting coffee, coffee beans and vanilla. A full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and coffee beans. Smooth flavor. Lots of coffee flavors. Hints of cheery and vanilla. Mostly coffee. Very good beer, but way too one-dimensional towards the coffee. Hides the 9.5% alcohol very well. Smooth and silky taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and coffee beans.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at DDC. This batch, from what I understand, will be bottled and released in the US in the fall of2005.
Black w/ lasting, thick creamy finger of brown foam. Excellent lace. Wonderful aroma of fresh roasted espresso over thick creamy dark chocolate w/ just a hint of vanilla & oak. Thick, soft, creamy feel. Flavour is sweet, w/ a cappuccino/coffee cake-like quality. Coffee dominates profile for sure, but chocolate rounds flavours nicely. Surprisingly, this beer, though complex, is not overly so. It does, however, bring together the flavours almost perfectly.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’d been waiting for a good reason to share this beer with someone, and now that beerguy101 was in town, now was the time. This particular bottle was dated as being bottled in November 2004 for those interested. It pours an eclipse black color with a thick, viscous tanned head and very good amounts of lacing. The aroma was heavily in favor of coffee, alcohol, wood, nuts, nutmeg, roasted barley and perhaps some hints of orange. The flavor is absolutely full-bodied and tongue coating in its coffee-flavor. Also prevalent were minor notes of alcohol in the finish. Unbelievably smooth but decidedly boring in its one-sidedness. Finish is dry and coffeeish, but not overwhelmingly dry as would have been expected from a coffee imperial stout. Heavy roasted malts, some hints of marshmellow, vanilla, mocha, nuts, cherries and twigs, but in the end, coffee was predominant throughout. A very good beer I would enjoy having more of, but remarkably one-sided. I do love coffee, but even this could be called overkill.
jsquire (3226) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I knew I was going to the Montreal RBSG since they announced it as the location, so I have avioded all bottled versions of this beer. I’m glad I did. I was all set to blast this beer as not worth the hype, but in fact, on tap at the pub, it is everything they say it is. It was on the nitro tap when we were there, and it came to the table in the middle of an incredibly beautiful cascade that ended up in about a half inch of creamy tan foam head. This is a very dark beer with ruby sparkles around the edge of the tulip when held up to the light. The nose is like chocolate coffee ice cream. Such a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of coffee flavors, like roasted espresso beans. Sweetened coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some ash and chalk. The finish is just an incredibly pleasant drifting bitter coffee/sweet chocolate sensation. It is all so well balanced. It is a complete drinking experience.
hezron (606) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/2004 bottle, thanks to Slob for the trade. Opened this one up for a friends birthday. Major coffee aroma! Then some roasted coffee followed by some bright, earthy coffee. Did I mention coffee? Dark, dark black with a huge light brown head. The bottle erupted when I first opened it, though I didn’t loose much as I had a glass ready. Flavor starts out with just a hint of dark chocolate, but from then on out it is all coffee. The bitterness lasts for a good long while. It isn’t overly complex. Mostly a good coffee that has been carbonated with some malt. Still though, the coffee is brilliant and the flavor sticks with you. If you like coffee, you’ll love this stuff. Medium-full body, high carbonation and a chalky finish...I can’t help but think it was a little thin for an imperial stout. Overall, I am glad to have had the chance to try this one and would welcome another chance.
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap at DDC! Pours black with a big dark brown head. Viscous cascading wave pool oscillating until it leveled off. Head seemed to last forever. Nose of burnt toast, sharpy, espresso. Flavours are clearly malted milk, coffee. Robust beer, but it is defined in the crazy booming limitless aftertaste. Coffee Crisp chocolate bars. Pudding. Rasins sweetness. The toasting/roast is so even. Body of the beer is incredibly smooth. Exactly what J. Francois wants it to be. Pudding like but not overwhelmingly thick mouthfeel. Had a craving and headed back for more the next day, knowing there probably would be nothing. Spectacular.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
07.09.05 Tap at brewpub, RBSG. Black. Large, thick , dense tan head. Ridiculous coffee aromas make it hard to believe that it is indeed beer, not coffee. Very dry, you can feel it on your teeth. A real treat. Some caramel, cark cocoa. Crazy stuff and utterly fascinating, but only because it so well approximates a thick cup of bitter, old, thick diner java. Very full body overcomes the nitrous.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown color, with a huge frothy tan head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is Starbuck, a hint of vanilla, a touch of dark chocolate, a wisp of licorice with a lingering dry coffee bitter finish. Alcohol noticable, but not overpowering. Thick, rich milkshake palate. Has similarities with AleSmith Speedway.
SpringsLicker (2932) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at DDC RBSG.
The nitro tap produced a glass of down cascading foam that slowly transformed itself into a deep black body under a rich creamy foam head that lasted for well over an hour, maybe longer. I nursed on this for the entire night and it never failed.
Heavy malt aroma with dark chocolate and strong coffee.
Moderately sweet with just the right amount of bitterness, the flavor was near perfect. Well balanced, strong but not cloying, extremely well done. Worthy of all the superlatives that have been used for the description of this beer. Whether you choose to sip on this one for hours or drink it as a session beer, it won’t disappoint you if you love a good Stout.