oh6gdx (24607) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (thanks jjpm74!). Pitch black colour, big brown bubbly head that takes itís while before settling. Nice lace. Aroma is roasted malts, tobacco, smoke, coffee, chocolate and mild hints of vanilla. Flavour is tobacco, coffee, chocolate and some bittering hops. Coffee and some acidic notes in the aftertaste. A very pleasant brew.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a ring leaving some lacing. Aroma of coffee, licorice, roasted malt, caramel, oats, dark chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Draft rating. Draft > Bottle, no question. The blurb is right other then coffee bender this is the closest thing to a serious cup of joe. Better is loaded with roasty coffee, bitter and black, yet sweet with oats and chocolate. A very delicate balance and is truly incredible on draft and great out of the bottle.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very thick oily opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma: straight black coffee beans, bitter roast. Flavor: salty dried licorice without the sweetness. Bitter medium roast coffee beans. After a while the saltiness blends into the background and only the bitterness is left. If you like eating raw coffee beans or drinking straight black coffee or espress (and I canít say I really do, though I love coffee), then youíll love this. Palate: oily, quite harsh bitterness. And now that I notice it on the label, there is something of an oatmeal smoothness to it.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a minimal tan head. Very little head retention with decent lacing. Serious roasted coffee aroma with chocolate complements. Got a little bit of malty sweetness in there as well. Very nice aroma just invites me into this one. Big roasted coffee taste with the slightest hint of dark chocolate malts and hops. Hops and coffee lead to a fairly bitter aftertaste. Oily and thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation that causes a bit of tingling on the tongue. I would view this as a good, but not great stout. The heavy coffee and bitterness make it a bit less balanced than the aroma might indicate.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep black maroon color. No head. thick, molasses pour, almost unbelievably thick. Chocolate, fudge, nutty hints. Smooth delivery. Distinctly malty but not overbearing. Pinot noir, grape notes present. Excellent choice. Special thanks to Dennis Gilligan for this find.
Lothore (618) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours absolutely pitch black as expected. A small coffee head rises from the brew after is has been poured and seeps back into the murky abyss.
S- The dominate smell here is roasted malt, coffee and a lingering sweetness. The coffee tones permeate the nose and immediately take control.
T- There is an out of control coffee and burnt malt taste going on here. Taste begins sweet and moves into deep coffee which melds with an understated hop bite and some lingering acidity on the back end.
M- Thick with quite a bit of carbonation. Coats the tongue and sticks to the palate.
D- This particular Double Stout is definitely for coffee lovers. While I donít drink coffee I did enjoy and appreciate this brew.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
As implied by the label, it is definately a hearty brew. Pours a deep heavy black colour with a very rich mouthfeel. Heavy in chocolate, vanilla and oats. Creamy texture. nice strong chocolatey aroma.
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Opaque black with a deep brown/lacing head. Huge barley aroma. Roasted dark cocoa, old coffee grinds and a very light hop note. Dense rich body without being cloying. The flavor is pretty much a homogeneous coffee grind bitterness. There is a huge malt body to give it some underlying character; bitter dark chocolate syrup, and a long resiny coffee finish. A really well made Stout, but many of these highly rated coffee Stouts just donít do it for me lately.
gregc (3) - ny, New York, USA - APR 21, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Spuyten Duyvil
Coffe....big on the roasted coffee flavor.
Dark brown head...tasted coffee, chocolate wood and a nice bitterness in the finish...
Great overall Imperial Stout