RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #346/500 thanks to cgarvieuk at his awesome sunday sojourn. Black as the night with a thick brown head. Nose is malty, but with a handful of hops. Mouth is quite harsh really, hops attack then the long malty, chocolatey taste, enjoyable and big. Quite long and hoppy, mixed with these massive malts. Toffee malt and long. Chocolate, but certainly not sexual.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark as night with a light brown head. The nose is dark roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is bittersweet chocoate and dark roast coffee. A slight sweetness with a touch of toffee. Finishes with a nice sweet bitterness that lasts.
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle thanks for sharing Eben!) Pours deep black with a dark tan head that lasts. Strong roasted malt aroma, along with some cocoa and light coffee. Taste is very strong of dark chocolate with some dark fruit in there as well along with a bit of vanilla. The finish was very roasty and lasted for quite some time. Mouthfeel wasnít as thick as I wouldíve expected, but a good beer nonetheless.
debianlinux (10) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A unique chocolate stout. This is like some kids imaginative dream of what a truly dark stout can live up to. Bottles sold out the first day they were available. Iíll keep dropping by the brewery for pulls till they run dry. There simply isnít another chocolate stout that runs in this class.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Pours black with a big thick tan and frothy head. This brew is big and bold, powerful in every way. Tastes like chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Hint of coffee on the after taste. Very very creamy, and with no real hint of the 10% alcohol in it. Just incredibly solid all around. Every time you smell or taste it, you get a different combination of aroma and flavors, this beer is ever changing. No two sips are quite the same, but they are all delicious. Maybe the perfect chocolate beer. Iíd still take Youngís over this one, but by a very thin margin. Foothills needs to release this one in a lot more than just 500 bottles next year. Everyone should get to try this one at least once. Big thanks for mcferc for this one, he did me a HUGE favor in trading this one to me, and Iíll never forget it!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Blind Imperial Stout Tasting. Black body with a tiny tan head. The nose is heavy with green apple, chocolate, roast and molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet, very little bitterness with acidic coffee, green apple and roast. Medium/full body is thinnish with moderate carbonation. Just a mess of a beer.
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle--huge thank you, Eben, for saving some of this for me!] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is light toasted malt, cocoa, very light alcohol, a small bit of sweetness at times that I think was brown sugar, and something that tasted a little like hazelnut. The taste was sweet up front, then the toasted malt and cocoa took over before a deeper charred taste and chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry on the tongue. The finish was quite long. A very enjoyable beer, but I donít think it can stand up to many imperial stouts that I have had.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota and shared by Stine. From a 22-oz bomber (bottle 370/500) pours an opaque dark brown brew with a fast dissolving brown head that dissipates to a thin light tan ring and film top. Aroma of roasted dark malt, plenty of dark rich chocolate, dark cherries, and a touch of molasses. Taste is quite smooth, full bodied, with flavors of mostly dark chocolate, dark pitted fruits, some roasted dark malt, light flowery hops, a touch of candi sugar. Finish remains the dark chocolate aftertaste flavor with a flowery hop and dark malt character that lingers after the finish. Best brew of the evening.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer 3 of Officially the Best Thursday in Beer ever in the existence of my life. Bomber brought by Deftim13 and Tim you are so super awesome setting up a mini Imperial Stout tasting it was pretty damn awesome and as I said I owe you dude. Pours black with a big 2 finger light brown head. Nose is light and roasty and pretty tasty. Its certainly tasty and the taste is nice and chocolaty, but as Tim says it is pretty 1 dimensional. Its chewy chocolaty and pretty much great on that dimension but lack anything else in its taste its good, but I kinda think that Santaís little helper from PP is better.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, faint beige head. Aroma is chocolate, straight hersheys. Flavor is dry, chocolate, some espresso. Hoppy aftertaste, citrus hops, creamy yet bitter. Bittersweet chocolate, some caramel and a bit more coffee. Dry mouthfeel, bitter coffee, hoppy and a little chalky aftertaste.Itís good but Iím glad I didnít buy into the hype, nothing seperates this from other imperial stouts.