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 (2936) - 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.
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark color, with a thick creamy beige tan-colored foamy head, with a complex nose of vanilla, cacao, expresso, burnt coffee beans, mocha, dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma follows through on a medium to full bodied palate, very smooth and luscious, with black coffee, vanilla, mocha, burnt toasts, roasted coffe beans flavors leading to a bitter-sweet chocolate accent in a voluptuous thin alcoholic warmth soft bitter hop finish.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 RBSG - Nitro pour. Espresso coffee aroma, incredible. Chocolatey sweetness with intense coffee. Smooth, delicious, slight wine flavor, but overpoweringly coffee. I think I like Founders Breakfast better, but this is neck and neck.
3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2011 Nitro/CO2 mixture on draft
Consumed at at Dieu du Ciel in July 2004
This is US batch #2, released in September 2005, but on tap for RateBeer in July 2005.
Poured with a huge fluffy head of light tan color, ice-cream texture and standing very tall. At first after the pour it’s a cascading gradient from the deep brown body of the beer to the light tan head at the top, but then it settles into a solid cake-like layer about 1/3 tall relative to the glass. The nose is intense sweet chocolate and espresso beans, creamy dark roast coffee abounding and just satisfying the senses perfectly. Unbelievable texture - frothy, thick, and extremely smooth, to the point that I can’t believe what I’m drinking. At times it reminds me exactly of warmed, melted ice cream with chocolate syrup. An amazingly complex bourbon and dark chocolate coating in the finish just sends this beer over the top. There is nothing about this beer that I could improve or want differently. It’s a different beast than others that I score very highly, such as Alesmith Speedway or Rogue Imperial Stout, but it’s no less perfect. Praise to the DDC brewer, this is one of the best stouts in the world.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Only very slight tinges of light escape the midnight madness that lurks below the creamy white surface. The nose tantalized with smoke, negro mole, firepit, dark chocolate, jealapenos and reminded very much of yummy mexican food. The mouth is velvety smooth with similar characteristics of the nose. The finish is mildly smokey with dark chocolate and smooth as silk. WOW.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle into tulip glass, The Friday imperial stout tasting (beer #35). This beer was one of the first "heavyweights" we pulled out toward the end of The Friday (so I guess, technically, it was The Saturday). One of my personal favorites of the night. First time I’d had it. Dope all around. Sticky lace was evident even in a smallish sample size, opaque black in the glass, light brown head. Fresh bag of coffee smell was the best of the night, and almost garnered a 10; it had some latent chocolate in there too. Flavor had a bit of chocolate too, was mostly roast and some acidity, with a straightforward coffee roast finish. If it would have been a bit fuller in the mouth and taste, it would have had a 5 palate. The coffee presence was awesome throughout, and I’d say this is the best coffee stout I’ve had (right up there with Speedway and Java Jacks). Outstanding.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a medium tan head.. Aroma was mostly coffee with a bit of sweet malt.. Flavor followed suit with heavy coffee flavor and a bit of malt and a light alcohol finish.. This is a very good stout.. I love coffee and love a good stout but this one didn’t have the depth that I expected.. I have heard the rumors of this not being as good as previous batches so I will have to try to get my hands on some from a future batch..
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2011 Huge thanks to BuckNaked for a top 50 as a throw in!!! Pours dark oily black, decent beige head. Aroma has loads of coffee, but a nice malt sweetness in the backbone. Flavor much the same, coffee up front, big malt backbone, light smoke. Coffee is a little too much for me at times. Decent overall.