MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Dark black color with creamy to foamy brown head. Light lacig. Aromas were faint at first until beer reached its proper temperature. Aromas of Smoked malt with a little hint of burnt malt Molasses and carmel . Flavor had smoked malt with carmel finish. Also were hints of molases orange peel and chocolate. This was marked at %10 alc on tap seemed to lack the intensity that an aged bottle could produce.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very intens warm black color with warm brown creamy froth. The aroma is very intens and complex. It has hints of concentrated coffee, burned malts, bitter black chocolate, vanilla, Nescafť instant coffee powder, honey, agorn sirup, fine herbs and hops. The mouthfeel is dens and oily and the taste is smooth and very complex. It has a round attack with a smoothend caracter of honey, pear sirup (Sirop de LiŤge), super cassis from Miclo, black bitter chocolate, Irish coffee, burned malts, cafť glacť, blackend caramel, picon amer, bitter orange skin and refreshing herbs and hops. In the end there is a slight Dutch "drop" saltyness and a lingering touch of coffee and black chocolate. this is indeed an outstanding stout with a powerfull smooth caracter. Thanks Philip for this one.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Pours jet black, with small, creamy, tan head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, molases and vinous. Big roasted flavor, dark bakers chocolate, coffee, molases, figs, prunes and cherries. Finish is long, roasted with a touch tart cherries and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy, coating and velvety smooth. 9/5/9/4/16 = 4.3
Rerate. 3 year old bottle. 3/11/08. Pitch black body, no head, little apparent carbonation. Roasty, smoky, chocolate nose with dark fruits and brown sugar. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter taste with chocolate, plums, toffee and rum. Full body is sticky and chewy with light carbonation. 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2005 Why isnít this beer in the Top50? Old Rasputin doesnít hold a candle to this stuff. I do remember having last years and thinking it was good, so perhaps the 2005 iteration is simply better. Generally, kicking the alcohol up 2% means improvement to me. Iíll disagree with the label, this beer is much better served at 65 than cellar temp of 55. As it warms, the mocha notes enhance, and Iím left with feeling as though I have dark chocolate and sugarless espresso fudge in my mouth. A rich and velvetly palate aided by the lack of carbonation, which I always find gets in the way of a good imperial stout. On the finish, the alcohol and hops come shining through, leaving one eagerly anticipating the next sip. Incidentally, this makes a phenomenal ice cream float. Updated 10/29.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with dark brown head. sweet aroma. rich in flavor. chocolate and coffee flavor dominate. very smooth you can taste the alcohol in this one but itís not overwelming. this is a great beer
shadey (1820) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid black pour with a very thin tan ring of head. Sweet alcoholic aroma mixed with chocolate and btter coffee. Flavor is big and heavy but not very attractive. Sticky and alcoholic. Underwhelmed.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super dense and sweet, like drinking molasses. Quite complex and pleasing on the palate. Smooth, with a dark brown head. Iíd like to try this one again.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge bitter coffee nose, liquorice, and then some alcohol as it warms. Black, small cappuccino head, leaves an oily, lace. Flavours are roasted coffee, treacle, and liquorice. Completely full bodied, oily, resiny, given the alcohol, this is entirely too quaffable. Majestic!
Thank You mds!!
ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013 2/27/13: re-rate. its been some time since ive had this and surprised it took me so long after rating it so high. just as good as my previous rating. 2013 vintage. rich with ateong hop presence which makes this beer. outstanding. 8/5/05: GTM. Nothing outrageously distinguished about the aroma. Milky and rich, yet faint. Relatively small, yet lasting light brown head. Opaque black body. Awesome flavor. Best Imp stout Iíve had. Perfect mouthfeel. Has hops at the back of the tongue. Roasted malt, chalky. Re-rate the appearance. Best of show (yes, better than the Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock).
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Pailhead for this one. My bottle says 10% ABV, but it is listed at 12% here. Roasty aroma with notes of chocolate. Gloppy black pour. I teased a pinky thin head out of it and it held. Man Founderís stouts are so thick...sweet and creamy in the fore with chocolate, vanilla and whipped cream flavors that transition toward roastiness and finish with an acidic bitterness. Alcohol is present, but not dominate. Fantastic brew.