jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
1Liter bottle-pours a brown head with bubbles and black color. Aroma is lots of dark malt-licorice. Taste is lots of dark malt-licorice, some astringency from Jim Beam-silky. Not my style. (3.3 from 2 friends that shared this)
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage bottle thanks to Indiana_Red sampled on 7/2/06: Pours a mostly opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin ring of tan head. Sweet caramel malt and soy sauce aroma has a touch of fresh piny hops. Body starts with a thick viscous caramel maltiness and a touch of dark fruity complexity before a lightly tart earthy roasted dark chocolate finish. A pretty good imperial stout, but would be better with less tartness.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Pours black with a fully diminishing beige head, spotty lacing. Aroma is subdued and variable, with notes of chocolate, roasty malts, figs, coffee, raisns and slight hops, loads of vanilla and charred oak. Flavor is on the mellow side, entailing more roasted malts and fruit, additions of smoke and leather, bittersweet chocolates as well. Alcohol is reasonably well masked, finishing long and mellow, but a little dusty and unrefined. Palate is medium bodied, light at times. Really nothing about this is the least bit exciting, itís rather dull. Nothing offensive but thatís not exactly the trait that wins me over. Just another imperial stout. One extra point in the overall for the most menacing looking packaging Iíve seen from this hemisphere. After all, the look of the bottle got me more excited about trying it, which certainly couldíve influenced my opinion. Thanks, Joe, for the opportunity to try this.
Ungstrup (29109) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pitch black beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with strong notes of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of chocolate, and a very smooth mouthfeel.
luvcasks (178) - USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great find and what a great treat - Thank you Sam and Marlene (Stuffed Sandwich)
Picked up dark bitter chocolate, some coffee , dry figs and some smokiness which somehow was accentuated as the beer warmed up. poured thik and black with a nice dark tan head. The flavors were incredibly smooth with the chocolate, coffee and dry fruits with some mokiness there to highlight malt complexity. On the palate this is a delight with many flavors dancing to finish with a long luxurious finish. Overall: A fantastic Imperial Stout... A pleasant deviation from other stouts in the sense it is not oil or thick.. I wish I could get a few bottles to age and share
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, what an amazing find. I got this 2005 bottle from my man Sam, right here in SoCal, and what a treat it was. Aroma was amazingly balanced, not too hot (only 7.5%) but very nice chocolate and very mild coffee tones. Flavor was very smooth, creamy malted chocolate with a hint of metallic (light oxidation?). I thought the drinkability was very good, with appropriate carbonation given the style, but a fully diminishing head. I wish I had access to more of this, it was great.
Beaver (1270) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 1 liter waxed swing-top -bottle (a bit of a pain!) dated 2005. Pours a dark brown with a very thin light brown head (even after a vigorous pour), that quickly dissipates to a tin collar that leaves a bit of lacing.
The aroma is sweet earthy lactic chocolate, toffee, some bitterness, coffee, and a touch of astringent alcohol. Anise and smoke come out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet malty chocolate leading to a slightly burnt bitterness. Some smokiness and lots of anise comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full and a little watery.
Overall a nice imperial stout. I was kind of surprised since I havenít been too impressed with their other beers. It starts off very sweet and chocolaty when colder. As it warms it more anise and bitterness come out.
kyzr (1147) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with small brown head. Nose of dried fruit and toasted malt. Flavor was the same, rasins, currents and light chocolate. With just that touch of dry roast coffee. Medium body, not too big, but finish was were the chocolate came on.
Kevin (2050) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
another bottle shared by TAR, thanks man. pours inky black with an orange tan head. graham cracker and toffee nose with a noticeanle high octane and wet coals aroma wafting up. flavor is a bit astringent. raisin juice with chocolate muffins that dries to and extremely light coffee. this gets a bit maltsided w/out enough needed bitter to balance. a papery chocolate finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. 2005 vintage. Pours dark brown with a brown head. Strong alcohol content to the nose. This is surprising to see that it is only 7.5%. Strong roasted coffee flavor, but the strong alcohol aroma is unusual. Medium-to-thick body.