Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2006 this is my first drake’s beer.poured a black body with no head at all.the aroma was a mixture of bitter and a little sweet.the flavor was very nice.including a bit of coffee,roasted malts,and a little bitter finish.i personally like it alot.
RE-RATE:5-31-06:this time the brew did have a nice thick chocolaty head.nice flavors of cocoa,chocolate,and raosted coffee.i think i like it this time around even more.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pitch black coloured body with a very thin light brown head. Aroma of coffee, cardboard, light prunes and roasted malt. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty malt flavour with a coffee twang and some pit fruit in the finish. Aftertaste a bit bitter, but doesn’t show off the chocolate flavours at all. Overall, lacking in so many ways-truly a sub-par Imperial Stout. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased at BevMo in Danville, California on 23-November-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick foamy light brown head on a beautiful pitch black body. Lots of coffee, roasted malt and sweet fruity notes in the aroma with some alcohol also. Harsh roasted flavor with a burned tone and bitter hops in the finish. Full taste but rather sharp and not very complex, it almost hurts on the tongue. Weird.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a little more thin than I expected, but black with a rich khaki head none the less...smell is coffee, chocolate, alcohol...taste is a little thin, but still has the chocolate in the body with a subtle coffee and alcohol finish...quite nice...didn’t seem as high as 9% for sure...still a little thin for my liking...
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Qute nice Stout. A bit roasted and smoked. Very black. I would like to have seen some more bitterness in the finish.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma of brandy, sweetness, alcohol and some roastyness. Almost jet black with a small tan head. Sweet flavor, backed up by some bitterness and alcohol. Thanks to flipbrewer for trading me this one.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle reminds me of A. le Coq Imperial Stout, which is a very bad thing. Hopefully it is nothing like it. Pours completely opaque with a thick, creamy cookie dough colored head. The consistency of the head is like pudding. Leaves strong lacing. Smells rich malty, chocolate, and of some hops also some earthy scents (mud, tobacco, bark). Taste is sweet and mildly acidic (think concord grapes) and also packs a good alcohol whollop (hello Mr. 9%) There are some roasty/coffee hop flavors, but they are very minimal and subdued... definately a malt heavy imperial stout , showing lucious chocolate, dark fruit and also vanilla notes. In some ways it actually reminds me of a belgian triple but there is no confusion about this beer’s style, it is what it is: A very good IS that could use some more hopping and a more refined palate. Otherwise, the woodsy mild flavors are appreciated and they agree nicely with the malt characteristics of the beer. Purchased at a beer store in a suburb of San Francisco, CA.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE thanks to Flipbrewer for sending this to me! Ernie, you’re the man! I would have to assume it is 2004 vintage. Thick dark black body with a minimal brown head. Ever so slight shade of dark goldenrod around the edges. Extravagant aroma of roasted malts, lightly smoked wood, oily coffee, alcohol, raisins, plums, and dark chocolate. WOW! The taste is much sweeter than imagined. Nice semi-sweet chocolate with dark fruit, coffee, brown sugar, and rich caramels.The alcohol is there but fits in perfectly and is not over the top. There is a nice warming feeling from it as well. Palate is a bit oily and bittersweet. Silky smooth and lacking carbonation but it fits this perfectly. Finish is moderately bittersweet. More of the alcohol coming through again. NICE beer! Anyone know where I can get a case of this stuff???
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2003, tasted side by side under same conditions as the port barrel version: Opaque with creamy tan head which fades to a ring and good lace. The aroma has major notes of sweet caramel and mocha malts, cashews, floral hops, raisin, light smoke, coffee, and earthy yeast esters. Nose opens up even more while warming. Rich and lush chocolate tones with nutty and earthy undertones. Bittersweet finish with a lot of coffee notes. The feel is oily but not sticky, very smooth and the alcohol is very well hidden. I preferred this version to the port barrel. Much more traditional and malty in nature. Quite the yummy impy indeed. Thanks a million Joe for the bottles.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml flip-top bottle (pretty cool). Vintage unclear, but probably 2003. Opaque black, thick creamy (diminishing) creme brulee head, lots of lacing. Nose on the roasty side, malty dark and coffee-inflected. On the tongue, very thick milkshake texture, mocha with a bit of licorice and vanilla. Sweet initially, but dry sherry and bitter coffee quickly take over and we’re left with a very dry, somewhat acidic finish that wasn’t exactly my cup of Imperial. It’s ok, but not a top example of the style.