Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared by Ohiodad at DLD. We were tasting quite a few big stouts and this one definitely did not disappoint. Poured black, and I mean black. Very thick and viscous beer, huge aromas of burnt malts, chocolate and coffee. Similar flavors along with a heap of dried fruits, cherries and a hint of licorice. Great mouthfeel, low carbonation that really accentuated to flavors of this beer. A top notch impy stout.
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 wouldn’t 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. Doesn’t finish too sweet or too harshly. I really can’t get over this velvety mouthfeel, creamy and slick. The slight oilyness of the beer really helps the outfit match. Sad this won’t 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! I’m 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 IBU’s, but I guess it’s 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 I’m perplexed at the hype this receives and really wonder if it’s 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.
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.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 sampled at Darklord day 07 from growler. Black as night with aromas of delicious chocolate. Flavor is of dark bitter chocolate. Not cloyingly sweet like may imperial stouts. Nice big mouthfeel. Very wonderful stuff.