Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark chocolate flavor with a wonderful hop bite that is rounded out by vanilla and oak. The mouthfeel on this is wonderful. Probably my second favorite imp stout, Expedition being number one.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfect black pour with a towering creamy brown head which produces very nice lacing. Initial bitterness is up front, but a roasty malt quickly stands in next to the hop presence. A creamy malt and light vanilla round out the aroma. The first flavor impression is of heavily roasted, coffee malts. A definate hop presence, but the roasted malts keep it from being harsh. As it warms, hops become more presence. Fairly smooth, some light oak flavor towards the end along with hop bitterness and a hint of alcohol. More definate vanilla come out as it warms.
kane (111) - USA - MAY 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 I went searching for Dark Lord and found this instead. I find the bitterness in this beer to be of the unpleasant sort that upon tasting also detracts from the aroma. Not much chocolate or coffee flavors or aroma as I only got raw bitter hops and alcohol. I just dont get what the hype is all about as this did not suit my palate at all.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#500 courtesy of Pailhead. Pours black with a huge thick beige head. Strong aroma of chocolate, licorice, coffee and light bourbon/whiskey. Flavor is all chocolate with some coffee and hops bitterness in the finish. Very thick oily body. MI had just started to get this, since then Pailhead has picked up four more on my behalf. Very fine brew indeed.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
05.14.05 Bomber. Inky black pour with thick, creamy chocolate mousse head. Aromas dominated by sharp hops, some licorice, coffee, more hops, burnt brown bread. Nice. Flavor rings with nice smokey-charred roasting, finishing with more bitterness than Iím used to in a big stout, but not more than Iím used to in a Great Divide brew. Hops come across as a bit soapy. Light vanilla-oakey smoothness makes me grateful for any wood aging or else this might be strict punnishment with the combination of sharp roast bitterness and viscious resin/pine tingle. Brutal stuff, but fun.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, thick black with a substantial, cocoa-colored head. Sweet, alcoholic nose of bittersweet cocoa, vanilla, licorice, oak, light coffee, prunes, piney hops (?) and a whole, toasted grains. The body is thick, silky and creamy smooth-truly delectable. The flavors are interesting and really what I expected. The oak aging is very subtle, not nearly as much influence as I would have expected. The roasted malts and surprisingly apparent hops give a more intense bitterness than I anticipated. The finish is long and warm, bitter and not all that sweet. A remarkably good beer, but not as good as it should have been. While I often complain of too much barrel aging, this is lacking a bit of the complexity that should have been there. Perhaps itís this particular bottle or batch...
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good lord this is some good stuff. Pure black with only slight hints of deep amber come through in the corners and a good almost orange/brown head. Nice woody aroma with tons of roasted malt and some chocolate. Hops come through in the flavor in a perfect amount to balance out the awesome chocolate and roasted malt combination. Moderately sweet but balanced perfectly by hops which results in a slightly bitter finish. Smooth as silk.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
black body, creamy & dense foamy "burnt umber" head. lacing makes "peninsula-like" patterns on the glass. aroma is oak, vanilla, hoppy, and a little chocolate. flavor starts sweet with chocolate and roasted malt, but goes very quickly to dry, bitter hoppy finish. mild vodka-like alcohol in the finish too. west coast stouts donít have to have this much IBUs! went well with nutella and black pepper crackers.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 So I pour this growling monster out of the bomber. A sea of dark swirling thunder with the avalanche of chocolately foam. The toastiness that rises off the coffee ensnares you. Then with a sudden swipe the true bitterness clubs you. Definitely keeps you hopping. Sweet finish makes you wonder, Did I really see the YETI!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks rich. This was over powering in all aspects. Very dark, very hoppy nose, very deep chocolate and roasted malt flavor followed by killer hop bitters. Very moist for such a dry finish. Superb.