GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Volo. Pours like motor oil, with a big mocha head that leaves tons of lace. Amazing aroma of bitter chocolate, sweet cigar smoke, roasted malt & whiskey. Body is decadently smooth. Rich and complex flavour, with notes of vanilla, wood, espresso, tobacco, and a strongly hopped finish to wrap it all up. Simply exquisite. Not only one of the best stouts I’ve ever had, but one of the best BEERS I’ve ever had, period.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured like old motor oil, tan head that held on for dear life. strong aroma of fruits and chocolate. A super I.S. give this one a try!
mybrainhurts (356) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate syrup pour, with a rich and creamy tan head. Powerful aroma of peppery fruits, chewy chocolate, and dark roasted malts. Very complex and flavorful. Fine chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits for flavors. Finishes spicy and long. A nice find, thanks for sharing cigarsnbeer!
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ll say right off the bat I’m not very much into most oaked beers. This bottle has been sitting in my cellar since Easter. It pours a dark, opaque brown with a chocolate colored, rich, creamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet, lots of oak and vanilla, a touch of bourbon in there too. Flavor is quite assertive on the hops, which give way to a sweet roasted coffee character. The oak aging adds some nice background complexity, but doesn’t dominate the flavor like several others I’ve tried and disliked. Alcohol is very evident in the finish, but not more so than any other beer this strong. Good stuff.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Very dark, not as thick as i thought, big roasted chocolate vibe to the aroma, same in the body with more roasted coffee’s, lots of roasting going on here. damn good. i was drunk, i had it again and it wasnt that good, very one dimensional on the chocoalte and watery.
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black ink. Coffee and alcohol dominate the nose. Minimal oak presence. Alcohol is masked well. Not mind-blowing, but above average.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Creamy, slightly hoppy, vanilla malty goodness. This dark brew is a standout in the imperial stout category. The alcohol and the brewing is extraordinary. A perfect example of the Great Divide standard.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
. Black with nice brown head chocolate ,vanilla,coffee, oak aroma, pallate is creamy and flavor makes me smile. Nice
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very chocolate roasted hopped flavor. sweet and chewy. creamy and french vanilla mocha flavors.
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Bottle (650ml) At Volo, shared with blankboy. Wow. Deep cola-coloured pour, Mocha head, settles quickly, lovely lacing. Not carbonated much at all (yeah!). Aroma of cream, bitterness, dark roast malts, a touch of pleasant mildness. Flavour ... creamy roasty malts - nicest imperial stout I’ve ever had. Felt like Bailey’s in the mouth. Medium linger but pleasant, with almost sweet vanilla notes. Wonderful. Memorable. A must try - top of the range.