beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head that leaves moderate lacing. This imperial stout was very big and bold, although lacking some of the complexity of last years barrel aged, and lacking some of the smoothness that aging would bring, this was a really nice complex stout. Lots of roasty and smokey notes in the aroma, burnt chocolate, lots of black licorice, some dark fruit, and light roasty coffee, all take over in the aroma. Taste starts with a quick chocolate start, the sweetness quickly fades as notes of dark fruit show up, then finishing off with black licorice and smoked flavors. Light coffee bitterness trails in the finish. The alcohol in this brew is showing a bit at the moment, but i think this could fade a bit in the aging. Lots of bitterness in this brew give it a good base for cellaring.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark , very little head though. Aroma of dark fruit, dark malt, some burntness. Full flavor, lots of roast, some booze, cherry, and some hops as well. Medium bodied, some alcohol. Still very nice.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black as night, medium sized frothy light brown head, with sticky lacing. Heavy aroma of charred wood, alcohol, and roasted malts. Smooth malty flavor, heavily roasted malts, somewhat burnt in fact, with some apple skin & alcohol on the tongue. Minor chocolate or cocoa. Good body, but average mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit more hop zing, slighlty oily, burnt malts, and that ever present charred wood. Not bad, but a bit young perhaps. Almost comes across as a heavy Rauchbier. Wishing it wasn’t as smokey, but perhaps with a bit more chocolate.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Like the new Leviathan, this one is also a little young... hoppy nose with some light charred malts and sweet sugar. Flavor is a little bland... dull smoked malts and subdued hops. Not the best time to rate this, being so young in the bottle, but I will try again later and see how it ages. Finish is mildly hoppy with a dulling dry smoke flavor and a light sweet chocolate.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to JerCraigs via IPFreely. Batch 5. No head, black. Nose is iodine, cherries, somewhat astringent. Glorious flavor. Sweet malt, alcohol, nearly burnt. Ink. Hoppy finish reminds me of Old Raspitin. Damn.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from Batch 5, bottled November 2004. Pitch black beer with a thick sticky off-white head that lasts and lasts. Oily pour, very heavy body. It just coats the inside of your mouth like heavy cream. Aroma shows dark fruits, plums, coffee, licorice, and loads of ethanol in the nose. Flavour is a bit too sharp, ethanol is too prominent at the beginning, but as the beer stays in the snifter this become less so. There is nice complexity in here, raisin/plum, soy, salty licorice, leather and tobacco, blackstrap molasses, and a long roasty and bitter finish. This is a good beer, but it’s a bit too unbalanced for me.