AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
4 oz sample, World Expo of Beer. Frankenmuth, MI. May 19th 2007. 6th brew of the festival and my vote for the Peoples Choice Award.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredibly dark and thick. Taste: strong roasted malts, coffee, ends very bitter and roasted. Full bodied and creamy. Not as sweet as many imperials, more roasted, alcohol is slightly present, but not overpowering.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had two bottles show up in the same week from boboski and WeeHeavySD. Stark black color with little head. Rousing elicits a thin layer of dark tan head along the edges of the glass. Aroma is clean, chocolatey with a light hop background. A tad bit of alcohol is present. Creamy palate. Nice subtle cocoa and malt flavors with hint of hops. Smooth finish. Doesnít blow you away with any flavors, but itís smooth and flavorful.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle, thanks drewbeerme!, pours a syrupy black with a minimal dark tan head that drifts to an outer ring, no lacing. Pronounced aroma of chocolate, espresso, nuts, and some slight dark fruit. Flavor is more roastiness, with some of the espresso and chocolate coming along, and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Palate is creamy, smooth and fairly thick; very nice. This is a good one, now I just need to find more!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2011 12oz bottle (I think from moejuck - thanks). Wow, this is much more impressive to me than my first go-around with this beer. A superbly balance imperial stout, with a gorgeous velvety mouthfeel, massive chocolate aroma, and extremely well-integrated ABV. Thereís just a slight coffee burnt-ness at the outing, and a tad of heat in the finish, but this is mostly a thick chocolate milkshake of a stout. Man, Iíd drink this all the time if I could get my hands on it. Kudos, Founders!
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
All the initial impressions of this beer remind me of coffee. It pours the color of black coffee, with a head the consistency of the froth on a really dense latte. The aroma is full of roasty notes. Yet, unlike many imperial stouts with a one-trick (coffee) appeal, this has more going for it. After rich coffee flavors up front, you notice the soft, mellow mouthfeel, followed by a bittersweet finish that leaves a pleasant tang in your mouth. A little alcohol burn afterward, but apparently unlike most raters, I donít think thatís a bad thing at all. One of my top three imperial stouts.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a pitch black with a swirly light brown head. Typical imperial stout qualitites. Big roast and sweet chocolate in the nose. A little molasses in there as well. Big flavor. Quite sweet, huge roasted malts and chocolate dominate the magnificent flavors. Kind of creamy, some vanilla also shows up in the finish. Really smooth and free flowing towards the back of the throat. Drinking nice.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black. Aroma of a cherry chocolate shake. Thereís also a hint of chocolate malt balls here. Very inviting. Flavor was nice coffee, chocolate and fruit. All balanced quite nicely. Big malt as well, but a little bit of hot alcohol, which is to be expected from the 10%. The mouthfeel is slick, but a little thin with medium carbonation. The dry, alcoholic finish lingers for a while. A very impressive stout. Love the choco-fruitiness.
PhillyBeer2112 (2527) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the hardest beers to rate Iíve encountered in quite awhile. The easy part: poured a very dark brownish black, showing a dark ruby at the edges, quick brown head. Hard part: Aroma was full and robust, initially fruity (plums, raisins, chocolate covered cherries). The flavor started off similarly, with fruit and chocolate, leading into a big sweetness, like chocolate truffles injected with coffee liqueur. Very interesting. However, the beer seemed to morph into something more one-dimensional, as the aroma came to be dominated by sweet-hot alcohol and roasty black malt, likewise the flavor became very sweet and stingy from the alcohol, with a mild astringency and acrid black malt bitterness. I started as one of the best smelling imperial stouts Iíve come across, and ended as yet another one-dimensional astringent bombs.
jrob21 (2580) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to brewblackhole for another fine brew. Smooth roasted chocolate malt aroma. Sensations of creaminess and sweetness as you drink the beer. A slight alcoholic bite at the end. It leaves a sticky sweet residue on your lips and in your mouth. Other than the alcohol, a very good beer with the malt aromas and mouth feel.