thedm (5063) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy bubbles with a dark brown frothy top of large sized bubbles over finely sized ones. The body was opaque black with no hope of visible carbonation and sided by a very nice thick lacing. The aroma was very nice with woody malty dark chocolate roasted notes. The mouth feel was strong and biting initially and a hop malt bite in the finish. The flavor was thick with dark roasted coffee dark malts mild chocolate and heavy burnt roasted malts. One of the best brews I have had in a while!
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, with oak aroma also evident. Oak is in the flavor, though not as dominant as some oak-aged beers. Still, Iím just not a big fan of oak. However, this is an excellent beer and definitely worth a try.
dyetube (1312) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pouring this beer is like pouring a glass of oil! it is black with a medium tan head. smell is faint but has chocoalte and caramel. the taste is slightly bitter with chocolate, hops, roasted coffee and slightly burned sugars. Iím more of a fan of the traditonal english stouts (such as the fullers), but this beer really impressed me! Nice slow drinking beer in my book.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Now this is a beer. Nice sweet Imperial taste to it and the oak wasnít overpowering. This is a keeper.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Very dark brown, high sticky mocha head. Huge dessert aromas: chocolate, cream, coffee, cola. Sweet and slick with a good amount of hop bitterness left and some alcohol heat. Liquerish, brandyish, smooth vanilla notes, lush mouthfeel.
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mount Rushmore of a head. Tan color foam that looked like a root beer float. Molassses like aroma wofts up and caresses the scenses. Tar pit black in color. Heavy vannila and roasted malt flavoring...very creamy and smooth. I didnít think it was all that bitter.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark opaque black with a medium, creamy, and thick brown head that lasts. The aroma is sweet, almost syrupy, coffee, roasted chocolate, and a hint of licorice. The taste is espresso, chocolate, brown sugar, cookie dough, and bitter licorice. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, excellent creamy mouthfeel. I canít taste or smell any oak presence.
IndianaRed (2803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a black (did not pass the light bulb light test) with a very thick light tan head. Tipping the glass shows the lacing just hanging out for the duration. Excellent. Very nice. Chocolatey dark roasted goodness. Molasses vanilla, cookie dough maybe, Bananas a lot of soft mellow fruity tones. Nice fairly heavy feel. Flavor however is a bit of a dissaointment . Quite a bit "hot" and hoppy. Larry is
rightt. "Where is the oak" Lots of sharp
bitter hoppiness that dominates here. Some roasted charcoal flavors but overshadowed. Nice overall but the oak aged is abit over rated..
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...tar in a bottle! Well, thatís what it looks like, anyway! It pours smoothly with fairly large tan head. The sweet, hoppy aroma hits pretty hard and fast. The taste is complex, more than most Imperials Iíve tried. Itís sweet, coffee-like, with a bitter licorice or burnt sugar finish. There is a subtle tingle in there too, a fermented tingle that adds depth to the taste. The alcohol is pretty much buried beneath the dark, intense flavor. The body is a bit heavy, sticky at times, but it fits considering the kind of brew this is. I like this stout...I like it a lot. I canít drink much of it at a time, but itís good!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one after Elysian Dragonstooth and was pretty much disappointed. I hate to make a comparative rating but I cant help it. Good full bodied brew but nothing stands out. Lacking in character is how Iíd put it I guess.