woodychevy (363) - - FEB 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In a word, yum. Only complaint really is that I could not manage a whole pint. Like dessert in a glass. Pours like a work of art- dark brown with a generous head. Coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasty toasty malts all come through in the right order. Really, really good. Want to try it as a topping for vanilla ice cream.
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Great beer! The aroma was light but roasted malts was present. Flavor was great, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roastiness.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a darn good imp stout...did not get a ton of choc on the taste....more on the aroma......great stuff......wish they made more than 500 bottles!
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught. Pours dark black with a rather thin brown head. Aroma is more sweet coffee than chocolate, but there is still plenty of chocolate to go around. I guess I just expected a chocolate overload. Anyway, the aroma also has some nice oaky/earthy notes, and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor was largely the same, with a strong alcohol warming finish remarkable mouthfeel too.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 192 of 600 (2009 vintage I believe)
Appearance: Pours a murky ink like black with a 1 finger dark brown crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves a tiny ring of lace. Simple but sexy.
Smell: Wow I can smell this one from a mile away. Roasted malt and chocolate all the way. Not too much bitterness so I wouldnít compare it to dark chocolate. More like bittersweet chocolate.
Taste: Really smooth balanced flavor. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and maybe some dark fruit but not much fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Lush and silky smooth despite the "on the lite side of full bodied" nature of this brew.
Drinkability: Tastes great, little to no alcohol presence, but thicker mouthfeel and high abv.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-26-2009
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 A dazzling display of strong espresso coffee with a nice estery fruit contribution of raisin and prunes. The beer was pitch black with a low well lasting head which lasted to lace the gulden draak chalice the beer was served in. The flavor was strong espresso coffee, chocolate, milky and dark, with a fruity presence that hinted of dark dried cherries. Some alcohol presence was notable in the flavor, but overall it was restrained. The body was full, but not viscous, and had a creamy texture on the palate. A darn nice beer, some alcohol throughout, but mostly smooth and devoid of harshness. A dangerous brew at 10% ABV and being that smooth. Pint at Flying Saucer in Charlotte.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foolish of me to only buy 3 growlers. Dark Khaki head forms and holds a rich lace down the side of the glass. Aromas of black strap molassas, espresso, and cacao powder all over the nose with just a kiss of roasted fig. The entry is a flood of sweet and roasted malts that balance themselves quite nicely. A light hop bitterness can be found, but overall this seductive, earthy, chocolate dances through. Doesnít finish too sweet or too harshly. I really canít get over this velvety mouthfeel, creamy and slick. The slight oilyness of the beer really helps the outfit match. Sad this wonít be around forever.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Jake for his incredible generosity! Iím really greatful for the opportunity to even try this.
Number 183 of 600. Vintage 2009.
Pours a bit lighter than I was expecting for an imperial stout of this caliber. Beautiful head however quickly made me forget the previous. Quite a bit of hop aroma wafting up from my snifter. Had to dig quite a bit to find some bits of chocolate. Really pretty shocked at the amount of IBUís, but I guess itís a requirement considering the ABV and balance needed. Plus, this is a pretty young bottle.
Really surprised at the flavour. Right off the bat my palate is hit with a huge amount of tannins, acidity and bitterness from the hops. A small amount of chocolate makes its appearance after this initial wave, but only for a brief moment. After this second surge, a light amount of fusels take over followed by some additional acidity. The palate finishes dry with little lingering character. After the bottle has a chance to breath for awhile, the cocoa comes through a little clearer as does the molasses.
I guess I could chaulk some of this up to the fresh nature of this bottle. There were some raw notes in here, but overall I question how well this might actually age and if the acidity and tannins would mellow all that much over time to a point that the flavour is enhanced. Either way, if you have a bottle I would certainly hold onto it for a good year and try it at that point. Overall, I gotta say Iím perplexed at the hype this receives and really wonder if itís just a variation in the batch or something else.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really good brew. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor of the same, just well-balanced and enjoyable.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted @ the 4/17/2010 ratebeer gathering. Poured a pitch black with very creamy tan head which left a good lacing on the glass. Aroma is an all too familar mixture of chocolate and coffee. Taste is a mixture of chocolate and toffee, with darkger richer chocolate lingering on the aftertaste. There are also some hints of dark fruit and molasses here but I think the chocolate overpowers them on the palate. The meidum/heavy body of this beer makes this an enjoyable meal of an imperial stout.