VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a opaque black with a very thin light brown head. Beautiful lacing into my snifter. Aroma is amazing. Roasted and caramel malts compliment the vanilla, licorice and tawny port wonderfully. Alcohol is alway present, but not at all offending. The flavors match the aroma. Body is full and the texture is oily. Very similar to Dogfish’s World Wide Stout. Amazing stout. Wish it was available in Mass.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 Liquid Sex in my mouth. Creamy, with wood, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roast. Just a hint of smoke and grain. Bliss.
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this Stout. It is full bodied with a lot of charcoal, coffee & chocolate. I bought a case and am planning on trying a bottle every few months to see how it ages. Also had it at Clybourn, and felt it was better bottled.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was rich and complex with charred oak, roast, coffee, and mocha notes, including hints of dark fruit. The beer poured a very dense black to opaque with slight head and almost no lacing. The flavor was roasty, coffee, slight mocha, brown sugar, and bourbon notes. The mouthfeel was full bodied and creamy. Not bad!
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black as coal with minimal dark dark tan head. Aroma consists of dark chocolate, smoke, oak but is overpowered by vanilla. Minus the vanilla flavor matches aroma, but has too much alcohol presence... sipping a glass of bourbon and beer.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 As the description says, "One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer." This is by far the most flavorful beer I have ever had. Flavor lasts for minutes upon minutes from a single sip. If I enjoyed the bourbon flavor more, this would probably be my favorite beer, and on certain days it might be . However, due to the times the beer is just too much, the alcohol far too noticeable, and the beer is reduced to a sipping beer, I just can’t rate it any higher. A beer shouldn’t leave you thirsty due to the time it takes to consume.
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 We talk about pouring pitch black, but this time I mean it. No head whatsoever. Aroma is chocolate, charred oak, some smokiness, and a bit of vanilla. Flavor is very alochol up front, with some chocolate and oak. Does not do a good job AT ALL of covering up the alcohol. It’s like someone took vodka and poured some nesquik in there and soaked it in oak. This is not a balanced impy. No idea why people are raving about this. Goose Island should have thrown the party instead.
Re-rate: 2009 bottle. Pours pitch black with a flat head. Aroma is alcohol, charred wood, dark chocolate, coffee grounds. Taste is much the same. A lot more balanced than I remember. A very good sipping belly warmer!
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle pours thick and black with very little in the way of head, just a milk chocolate surface head that settles to a ring around the glass. As I move it around in the snifter it slowly slides down the sides. The aroma has very dark fruit tones, vanilla, alcohol, molasses, and faint notes of the hops. The flavor has a solid dark fruit foundation, some yeast, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, not bitter, port, sweet, and wood - flavor is perfect. The beer grows warmer on this twenty below Minnesota night and only gets more sweet and complex. This beer is the thing for tonight. I chose wisely. The palate is thick and rich, but also allows a nice and pleasant carbonation to show through the thickness. Yes, there are lots of great Imperial Stouts, but this one gets my attention on this cold ass winter night. Last couple of sips at room temperature - this is the way to drink it.
toddbates (95) - USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma hits strong with alcohol but mellows out with a nice raisin, plum and date with a strong backnote molasses. Poured a beautiful thick, dark black with a thin dissapating head and little to no lacing. flavor was reminiscent of the aroma with the addition of smoke and vanilla. definitely a great beer with a not so great sticker price
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle complements of toddbates: aroma is big with lots of raisin, alcohol, plums, dates, and it grows sweeter as it warms, leading to molasses, tobacco, vanilla, and of course bourbon. pours dark black with little tan head, and look thick on the pour. flavor has all the same elements as the aroma with some smoke, and it grows much sweeter as it warms, but in a delicious way. thick silky mouthfeel. This is an amazing beer.