npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a brown head. Sweet nose, with a touch of chocolate, some grassy hops, toffee. Milky flavor, medium sweet, with roasted coffee, quite bitter. Oddly, the mouthfeel seems a bit watery.
jtw (1056) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
maverick, 2003 bottle. absolutely gorgeous deep black with a chocolate brown head. light carbonation. hugely roasty aroma, but also has some woody leafy hops notes--reminds me of oak leaves. intense combination of woody hops and roasty malt, with a touch of alcohol sensation. pretty damn good.
jgb9348 (4273) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Batch (Sampled under Maverick name):
Pitch black in colour, completely opaque with a nice thin light brown head. A nice look to a good old bottle. Aroma of cherries, strong coffee and bitter choclate (~70% cacao). Full-bodied; Strong roasted malt presence in the taste with a good chocolate and coffee taste following behind. The aftertaste shows a lot of the cherry character and some pit fruits, but it is more tart than I’d expect from an Imperial Stout. Overall, a nice beer, not as great for the style as i’ve tasted, but worth a try! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on Thanksgiving Thursday, 25-November-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Lubiere (9028) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black stout, thick and molassy. Nice hops and chocolate aroma. intense hops and rich chocolate, sweet malts. Alcohol burn, but rich bodied. (July 31 at Indiana Microbrewers Festival)
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a brown head. Mildly fruity, coffee-ish mocha-ish aroma. Silky smooth palate. Dryish, but also sweet. Familiar flavors of coffee and chocolate are there, of course, but also an appealing hop bite, like pine or even a citrus flavor. Very enjoyable.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this pours with an incredibly rich and frothy full brown colored head. The beer itself is, of course an opaque pitch black color. The aroma is quite surprising, it is not very strong at all, and after my first sniff nothing has really jumped out at me, perhaps a hint of port. It smells a bit of musty mild cheese, a hint of roasted coffee notes, and some alcohol, but that is it. The taste... well now, that is what I am expecting. All the power of this beer concentrates itself in the taste, after all what does a Yeti need with aromatics, it doesn’t want to be tracked down. The taste is full and creamy up front with concentrated notes of espresso and a solid hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is thick and viscous, just like it should be. The malty sweetness is hidden by the deep roast malt notes. I get notes of burnt caramel, leather, charcoal, burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. This is a good example of an Imperial stout, but like a brute it is nice and simple, but still packs a powerful wallop of roasted grain flavors.
This is certainly enjoyable, and I am quite glad that the beer is quite a bit more flavorable than the aroma suggests, perhaps my schnozz is not working quite as well as it should be.
PorterPounder (4930) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 22 oz bottle - Whip-In Liquors, Austin, Tx. Pours a hot tar on the highway black with a creamy, mocha colored head with sticky, thick lacing. Aroma has a slight alcohol accent to it, but is laced with brandy accents and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor has some hints of roasted coffee, licorice, some bourbon as well. Mouthfeel is velvetty smooth and thick. A most delectable Imp Stout.
maltdog (609) - Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick and creamy, raven black, with a pecan brown merengue head that leaves cobwebs of tattered lace. Profound chocolate and coffee aromas followed by cocoa powder and glazed donuts. Almond, pear, and black cherry also peek out. Initial chocolate sweetness leads to concentrated, smooth roasted barley and espresso flavors. A muddy metallic hop bitterness continues into the aftertaste and perfectly balances the heft of this behemoth. Milkshake palate is thick, velvety and gelatinous. Overall a big fat intense stout, yet one-dimensional. Could be a double-strength version of an average extract homebrewed stout. Congrats on a clean ferment with such a high gravity beer.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours wonderfully inky black. Even the head is dark. Very pretty. Aroma is smooth roasts, coffee, cocoa and carmel. Something mildy vinous there too. Body is big and mouthfilling. Like espresso, best in small sips. Tastes of bitter chocolate and red wine, yet manages to avoid being harsh or biting. Hop presense minimal at first (amazing at 75 IBUs!), but builds in subsequent tastes. A superb, wonderfully balanced Imperial Stout. And a cool label to boot.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a very dark black colour with an oily consistance, fine brown tainted head which quickly reduces but leaves a nice lacing, deep aroma of black chocolate, cookies, prune and alcohol, roasted, sweet, very oily and full-bodied, the finish is very long and very bitter with a warming alcohol touch and notes of hazelnut and grapefruit - highly complex and dangerously drinkable; I love it !