Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, USA - 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 (12808) - 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 (1556) - Ashburn, 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.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great thick pour and black as night. Thin, swampy tan head with web cast lacing on the snifter. Aroma is rich milk chocolate, oak, triple-distilled whiskey, brown sugar and maple fudge. Enchanting and modest. Flavor is wood-fired, roasted pecans and unsweetened dark chocolate. Reminds me of a bakery that let flames lick a round of baguettes. Heavy, singed and slick on the palate. Malts reign supreme - one of the most roasted renditions Iíve had. Hops help to enrich the ensconcing presence. Finish is burnt, almond-buttered toast, and some bourbon remnants tacked on the end. A fine stout, worthy of imperial status and fit to present to our newly appointed czar, John Negroponte.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
While it is the only Imperial Stout that Iíve ever had, it is most definitely the best stout that Iíve ever had. A very complex and drinkable brew, it had a creaminess with strong chocolate and coffee tastes and aroma. The head was a caramel/gray color that Iíve never seen before. I highly recommend this beer. Great stuff.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/ rocky brown foam. Roasty aroma of chocolate & coffee w/ piny hops & notes of vanilla, oak & licorice. Thick, chewy feel. Complex flavour of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, & molasses, w/ notes of piny hops & oak.