Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Iíve had quite a few more bottles of this since my original rating. It blows me away each time. However, I am knocking it from a 4.9 to 4.7 because of 2 things: 1) at times, I can find the alcohol - a big deterrent in the non oak aged version IMHO - to come through and be harsh even in this. Sometimes. and 2) I have since had Thirsty Dog and Founders Breakfast which I consider just a little bit better. But oh man, I love this beer.
Bottle, Volo (thanks again Ralph for another fine selection!). Pitch black pour, thin small tan head. Strong yet subtle roasted aroma, some alcohol and hops present as well. Taste is absolutely wonderful - well balanced mix of roasted flavours (but not coffee like, as is the case with so many imperial stouts), alcohol, and a surprising amount of bitterness (tough to break through something this substantial). Certainly more of a chocolate and vanilla character to the beer than the non-oaked version (making it more dessert like). I didnít find it as thick either - there was a decent carbonation keeping the balancing act going. I would take this over other highly rated Imperial Stouts Iíve tried including Sam Smithís (more flavour and body) and Líamore in Quebec (more flavour). My favourite style of beer done to perfection.
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. thanks Ralph for bringing this to Volo! deep black coloured body with a medium sized mocha head. Complex aroma of creamy roasted malt along with notes of raisins, plums, tobacco, and a slight hint of alcohol. flavour is very noticeably alcoholic with heavy chocolate malts. creamy body. long roasty bitter finish. Itís very flavourful but I think the alcohol is a bit too overwhelming. Iíd like to give the original Yeti a try.
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Body is black as any stout I have seen. The light orange and brown head has some large bubbles. The aroma is the typical barrel aged vanilla and some dark plums. There is also a little bit of sweet and cheap Christmas chocolate candy. The taste has cocoa, coffee and a little hint of oak. There is also a bit of citrus that is almost soapy from the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is greasy and thick. This si not subtle in any way. You have to sit up and take notice of the massive body and coffee flavor. However, the beer comes together very nicely after you take a few drinks. Recieved the bottle in a trade with Kevin. Thanks a lot.
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours totally black and a thick creamy brown head. Very nice and creamy well balanced sweet aroma of chocolate and roast and plenty of hop.
Dominating coffee and roast flavor with dry oaky tones. Extremely heavy and biding with a very bitter end that lingers for minutes. Warming and burning from the alcohol. One of the most extreme beers I have tasted to date. Very tasty, though the "normal" version is even better, this one is a little too extreme!!
Thanks a lot Rich (richlikebeer) for sending me this one!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was a chocolate malt cloud, smooth chocolate taste with a hint of vanilla, bigtime bitter in the aftertaste,probaly coming more from the roasted barley thanhops. More a fall and winter beverage
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown. Chocolatey aroma with light coffee and bourbon. Sweet flavour - vanilla, bourbon, white chocolate, and more light roasty notes. Fair amount of hop bitterness remains in the finish to dry things out a bit, though alcohol also contributes.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours motor oil black with a thick brown head. Aroma is strong on the side of hops, wood, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. The flavor starts off with huge citrus/pine, then roasted/burnt malt along with chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak. Lingering roasty, bitter hoppy finish. Didnít pick up any dark fruit notes like in other imperial stouts. Medium body, smooth texture and subtle carbonation - a little thinner than I expected. Good head retention. Really nice beer.
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 Big bottle...Poured an inky black with beautiful tan head. The head slowly faded to a ring, leaving great lacing. I listened to beeryum and drank this at room temp and I agree, it is much better at this temp. Aromas were rich, sweet chocolate and floral notes. I was a bit suprised there wasnít more oak in the nose. Flavors were of brown sugar and molasses leading to coffee and heavy malt. Again, I was diappointed that there was not more oak, but overall I was very impressed.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Huge beer. Acts like it is going to be sweet, but it isnít. Finishes very dry. Chocolate, hint of spice and alcohol. Something almost sprucey in there at first. Canít see through this one at all.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Do not drink this guy cold. You get so much much more in flavor if this beer is cellar to room temerpature. Thick opaque black pour. Rich chocolate aroma, with nicely muted hops and hints of oak. Nice chocolate malt and roasted flavors, with hints of coffee, vanilla, oak. Nice medium bitter finish. Fantastic imperial stout.