MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s coffee in a glass! Pours very dark with a big, puffy head. Smells like, not surprisingly, coffee, but it’s not incredibly overpowering. Flavor tastes, not surprisingly, of coffee, but there’s at least some beer-ness in here competing with the one-dimensional coffee character. Nice malty sweetness at the end plus a bit of smoke makes this actually decent, and I don’t even like coffee.
JK (5045) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 This is like an iced coffee. Coffee aroma, coffee flavor; coffee everywhere. Black with a small tan head. Thick and heavy on the palate. It is a little simple for a 100th percentile beer, being all about coffee and nothing else, but what it does offer it does amazingly well.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! I loved this - maybe a little too much - truly a peche mortel. Anyways, pours jet black with a tight foamy brown head. Nice coffee and tobacco aroma. Hits the palate firmly without overwhelming. All of the flavors meld together, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, a little citrus. Nothing predominates, it all subtly combine into something that seems big yet drinkable. A little lighter on the palate than I expected with maybe a little too much fizz. Otherwise - excellent brew!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 05 edition. Courtesy of RLB at Yeha and Bootopia. Aroma is coffee and light smoke. Pours black. Flavor was coffee as well with a tinge of hops. A nice hint of vanilla also seemed to swirl about nicely as well. Palate is full and delicious from the top to the bottom. This comes in just so smooth and eloquent. Must have!!
aracauna (3283) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a very black body with a good head. The ashy aroma almost cigarette smoke. I’ve heard rumors that the first batch of bottles was extremely ashy, but that the second batch was one of the better versions made. Well, this is supposed to be the second edition but its very ashy. Still a very interesting beer as the ash flavors and aroma avoid reaching offensiveness.
igneous1 (1517) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber bought at Blue Max in Minneapolis (last one on the shelf too!). black as night, impervious to light. head is light brown thick and really creamy. aroma is obviously dominated by the coffee with a sugary lactose quality and maybe a bit of mustiness. flavor is strong on the coffee with a bit of a tongue-numbing sensation. alcohol is barely perceptible. Body is a bit thinner than I’d have guessed, but it’s a tasty quaff anyway.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big thanks to Walt for sharing this beer. 22 oz. Bottle. Opaque brown/ black with a creamy tan head that gives off a sticky lacing. Roast, coffee, fruit(raspberry maybe?), tobacco, bread dough, and caramel in the nose.
Creamy coffee, toffee, and fruit flavors mixed with the nutty, chocolate(truffles), cookie dough, and smoky notes. Very complex flavors that grow more so as the beer warms.
Thick creamy texture with a nice bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Outstanding beer.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown alomst black that shows a bit of red around the edges. There was a fairly small medium brown head. Coffee, vanilla, alcohol, and a bit of an almost port wine like aroma. This is very smooth going down, being a bit thinner than something like Bell’s Expedition. It was fairly dry with some bitterness. It really reminded me of a great coffee than it did of beer. Beyond the coffee was some bakers chocolate.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Pailhead, 2005 bottle Big Black Beautywith a nice cardboard color head. Alcohol eas present in the nose with aromas of vanila and strong roasted coffee. Hints of esters and licorice as well. Flavor was rich with vanilla and Roasted malt and Coffee. Mouthfeel was unique compared to other Imperials, carbonation and grainy was the first things that came to mind. Overall not bad but not my favorite..
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks axilla. Side by side tasting of 2004 and 2005 bottles. The 2004 was a gusher, the 2005 was not. Translucent, dark rusty brown body with a minimal tan head after all the gushing. Aroma is of roasted coffee beans and day old coffee with a sour note. Nice chocolate-espresso flavor with a well-roasted character and some light acidity. A nice, full-flavored and tasty coffee stout. Fizzy, overcarbonated mouthfeel. Begs to be flattened out. I can understand why the nitro version seems to be preferred. I imagine this would be sublime on cask. Differences between the two vintages were relatively minor, the 2005 just seemed slightly darker and richer with a fresher coffee aroma. I like Speedway in the bottle much better.