Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Styles for this one. Pours the deepest black color, with a nice dark brown cocoa head. Aroma is of roasted coffee, chocolate, cherries. Flavor is sweet, full of chocolate and roasted malt. VERY nice. Reminds me of a beer that rhymes with "trepidition Stout" and thats definitely a compliment. Wow, just hugely impressed.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black, with nice lingering brown head. Faint whiff of earthy hops, some smokey roast malts. Rich sweet and thick on the tongue. Complex, earthy with hints of mushrooms and roasted red pepper, a bit of charred wood, hickory? Some coffee, but little chocolate. Excellent mouthfeel, thick and oat-y, very soft carbonation. This is a total surprise and completely fantastic. The only thing I find lacking in this beer is a more inviting aroma. This is pure class. Thanks Eric!
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours an oily textured opaque black, with a small brownish head which disappears rapidly leaving the beer looking slightly unattractive and flat. Aromas were big and beautiful, roasted malts galore, coffee mixed with burnt toast, milk chocolate, some nuttiness. Flavors are equally as big, roasted malts, sweeter dark fruits in backround, touch of alcohol bite upfront but not overly offensive. Velvety moutfeel and a slightly dry finish.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick black with a smooth brown head. Lots of rich chocolate roast in the nose with a nice hop presence. Very thick body with just a touch of alcohol present, but aging will take care oif that. A bit of a mocha coffee flavor near the finish and some sweet licorice taste. This was a really nice imperial stout that will improve a lot with age.
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and hops. Flavors are coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and hops. There is some bitterness, and the body is towards the heavy side. Thanks to wohlfs for this one.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay, this stuff is just awesome. Absolutely black with a medium sized brown oily head with some large centrally located bubbles. The nose is malt/hopsish with bitter chocolate and alcohol. The taste is malty with very bitter chocolate. lots of alcohol and bitter. WOW good stuff.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with bkelley68, thanks Brian!) Pours a dark brown, translucent when held to light, and definitely not black or fully opaque. This is a nice flavored beer, not bashful by any stretch of the imagination. Roasty, mildly sweet, somewhat earthy and strong, moderately bitter. Medium to full bodied, coating the mouth nicely. The strong alcohol isn’t readily apparent. Aromatic, malty nose, somewhat sweet, fairly earthy, strong and pungent, but not particularly roasty. Tan head is small on the pour and fades to a thin halo surrounding some sporadic, wispy topping. Really good, and I ended up drinking most of the bottle before I even got started rating it!
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a perfect 1/4 inch mocha head if it stuck around just a little longer it might get a 5 for apperance. Aroma is of bitter chocolate, coffee, biscuit, slight hoppiness underneath the malt. Flavor is slightly syrupy sweet chocolate mixed with bitter coffee and an underlying hoppy bitterness that balances in the finish. Palate is slightly syrupy but just thin enough to be pleasant. Excellent imperial.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a bottle into a Stone RIS glass. The body is black as night and the head is a light orange and brown color. The aroma is massive with caramel, coffee and chocolate. There is also a little bit of warmed peaches. The taste is fairly surprisingly thin coffee with milk chocolate. This coats the mouth and lingers. Actually, this is nicely balanced. I had been becoming weary of the massively hopped impy stouts, and this shows me that the style still has plenty of room for some subtlety.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with late growing compact tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, fruity hop aroma, and a burbon like alcohol aroma. Big feel and smooth flavors, roasted malts with nice smooth (but also sharp) coffee flavor and a decent amount of hop presence. On the finish a woody burbon influnced finish that lends a very nice lingering character.