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 didn’t 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 can’t taste or smell any oak presence.
IndianaRed (3430) - 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, that’s 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 I’ve tried. It’s 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 can’t drink much of it at a time, but it’s 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 I’d put it I guess.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noire foncée parsemée d’une énorme mousse beige constituée de grosses bulles. Crème et essence d’érable, vanille, cerises confites sous un plaisant caractère de fumée. Flaveurs intenses de malt torréfié, de grains de café fraîchement moud, de menthe, d’anis et de fruits foncés. Un caractère fumé se fait plaisant alors qu’une bonne dose de houblon amérisants vient faire distraction aux saveurs plutôt sucrées. Finale amère se dissipant pour laisser place à des notes d’alcool et de goudron. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne à pleine, texture huileuse, carbonatation active.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I saved this for a special occasion and it only took a month or so before I found some excuse to crack it. Pours jet black... a big jet...think tar. Aroma flirts with the high alchohol percentage in every aspect, dried flowers, distinct dried fruits, and all with a cohesive burnt sugar character. The flavor is similar to the aroma, only more dry. This reminds me of a barley wine most all the way through, probably due to the oak aging, but the distinct bittersweet chocolate and espresso give way to the beer’s true style. A nice marraige of flavors, although the alchohol could be better concealed it melds rather well with the rest of the flavors.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Dark black pour with a very nice tan head. Rich and flavorful aroma of malt, oak, vanilla, caramel and some smoke. Very intense flavor right from the start. The flavor it absorbed from the oak aging was very apparent at the beginning, with the sweet malty taste from the stout right behind it. The oak aging really seemed to mellow the beer and make it smooth and very drinkable. The flavor is a little bit in your face at first, but after that, it’s a wonderful beer.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This imperial stout is big in every way. Big bottle, big tan head, big flavor, big ABV, big IBU’s, big mouth feel, big price. Opaque black pour with a tight head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Viscously heavy, slightly sweet with a high hop finish. 75 IBU’s is usually much too high for my liking but this imperial needed it to balance the presentation. I didn’t notice an alcohol burn, nor a charred flavor, it was smooth. Perhaps the oak aging (how long?) wasn’t in charred barrels. This one is Top Shelf. Sit down, fasten your seat belt, this is an experience.