DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer extract? Beer syrup? What is with Imperial stout, and why are otherwise sensible beer drinkers raving about it? What is the history of Imperial stout? Wasn’t it called RUSSIAN Imperial stout, and don’t the Russians also drink sterno and jet fuel?
Was it not created as a preservable brew that can withstand adverse conditions and sit endlessly in the hold of a ship? Sorta like astronaut food, eh…? Does anyone actually crave astronaut food when they’re not floating in outer space? Should I drink this stuff or keep it on my condiment shelf and use it as a flavoring agent, gravy thickener, and conversation piece?
I understand that beer fanatics, just like gourmets and oenophiles, become bored with familiar tastes and are continually craving something different, but I wonder if a line is being crossed when beer becomes a thick, black, nearly uncarbonated syrup.
Dogfish Head specializes in breaking the mold, shocking the bored, delighting the prurient cravings of beer fanatics.
So, anyway, I had the bottle sitting around for months. I looked at it once in awhile, held it in my hand and examined the label…read a few reviews, here and there - always ravingly positive. Finally opened the damn thing.
It pours espresso black. Bready, doughy aromas with coffee, dried cherries, chocolate and some whiskeyish notes. Mild hop presence.
Sweet flavored and syrupy - but with a nice mouthfeel, gently carbonated. Lotsa coffee and burnt toast, licorice accents and some alcohol burn.
Finishes bitter and somehow clean, despite the massive flavor which has preceded.
Makes a nice, after dinner sipping drink, though 12 ozs is too much of such a sweet beverage. Very warming.
dfroms (204) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2005. Pours near black, no head. Aroma is prunes, bourbon, soy, black chocolate, cherry, oak, some complex brandy-like heat. Taste is impressively drinkable sweet bitter chocolate and bourbon. Coffee, prunes, oak. Tasty.
alliance100 (580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle - pours jet black with thick tan head . Dark cocoa and dark fruit aroma . Taste brings coffee , cocoa , hints of oak , licorice and lots of warming alcohol . Outstanding .
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swesson (174) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Parry's. Wow. Big. Amazing stout. Poured out like 10w-30 thickness. Black as night. Thin, tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and full of stouty goodness. Tastes of caramel, espresso, and pure excellence. One of my favorite new stouts.
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fattybladdy (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 release. Black pour with highly fizzy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and dark roasted malt with detectable booziness. Taste of chocolate and dark fruit followed by vanilla with a warming boozy finish. Pretty damn good.
rejtable (1222) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome. Pours pitch black with an an initial small head and zero lacing. nose is sweet syrup, molasses. Flavours show molasses, dark fruit, some roasted grain, some chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, medium bitter. Creamy almost oily mouth with lively carbonation. Great beer.
JBPortland (625) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle (2014) pours dark oily brown black with a finger of tan head. Nose is boozy dark fruits, raisin, bitter hershey bar. Taste is not quite as boozy as it smells, roasty bitter chocolately malts, dark fruits, plum, raisin. Finish is boozy, roasty sticky cocoa, nutty bitter chocolate, malty.
Zymurgeist2 (934) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at a beer dinner with Sam at Abbot’s Cellar. This was a 2005 vintage served in 2014. Wow! Deep, rich, chocolate. Massively complex and the age has made the tastes blend well. What a great dinner and this beer was the coup de grace!!
mackRIS (20) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap pours a jet black with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast, molasses. Taste is sweet caramel, coffee, roast and alcohol. Overall a great stout and beer.
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Various vintages (vertical tasting). Summary notes below.
Pours jet black, minimal and quickly dissipating head. Aroma is deep cocoa/chocolate, slight, muted coffee, molasses. Taste incorporates those elements, adds sweet caramel...like a Caramello bar to me for some reason. Overall, big and bold. Heavy on the palate. This is a sipper. Across vintages, you get more chocolate, more of the roasty/caramel notes. Great beer.
trujahwarrior (504) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap 6oz pour. Pours a pitch black color with a thin tan head that leaves light lacing. Smells of roasted malt, boozy, chocolate, and dark fruit. Tasted the same. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with good carbonation and a dry finish. This is one of my favorites. Its very strong yet at the same time relatively smooth. Its sneaks up on you so be aware of that when you drink it. Glad I was able to have it on tap.