RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Pours the blackest of black, to the point where the foam is bordering on a reddish brown. Lovely! A good head too, though while it dissipated somewhat quick, the lacing was very nice and stuck around to the very end. Aroma is more subtle than expected, but it’s roasty and sambuca-like. Flavor is similar with some black coffee aspects and a little dark chocolate but nothing too sweet. The vanilla notes of the Oak Aged version are a bit lesser here. The finish, while being hoppy, is quite appropriate and I think it added a wonderful dimension to the roasty finish. Despite the strong hop presence in the finish, they only enhance the aroma rather than become it entirely. Carbonation was low, and mouthfeel was thick and creamy without much stickiness. There’s a whole lot to like about this beer, but I think the Oak Aged version blends all of the flavors together a bit more. Even still, this is tough to beat.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Totally opaque pour with a great dark tan head; this looks tasty. Woodsy, piney, caramel and creamy buttery aromas. Flavor is good, with roasted malt and dark chocolate dominating, but theres also a pretty stong hop finish that doesn’t quite balance with the rest of the beer. Solid Impy Stout though.
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle (2005 vintage)
I had this side by side with a 2003 vintage (then called Maverick Imperial
Stout). Both had interesting characteristics; for the sake of the rating
I am going to focus on the 2005 bottle which was slightly better. If you
have any pre-Yeti, I would recommend you drink it soon. If not, go buy a
new bottle and try it alongside the oak aged.
Aroma / Appearance - Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa powder, cherries, plums
and walnuts were the most obvious elements of the aroma. The beautiful tan
colored head left a half-finger over the top of the dense, dark black body.
The lacing slid coyly down the sides of the glass leaving a thin caramel
Flavor / Palate - A malty alcoholic presence dominates the first
impression. In the older bottle this is not so strong, instead becoming a
more raisiny tone. Once the malts subside, there is a nice mixture of
plums, raisins, bittersweet chocolate, slight hops and roasted expresso beans.
Overall it is extremely full and creamy. The alcoholic content is a little
overpowering in my opinion but otherwise this is a very well done imperial
Bajahobo (30) - USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Bottle. Looks like your pouring motor oil. Nice tan-brown head, great look for a stout. Smells piney - almost woody. Assault on the senses indeed. Extremely thick, creamy, caramel/toffe/sometimes fruity taste, with a great hop finish that hides the alcohol remarkably well for a bomber. This will be perhaps too sweet for some - but I can’t complain. A big, beautiful beer.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 22 oz bottle from Liq Solutions. Pours a very thick syrupy midnight black with a chunky tan head that takes forever to go down, and leaves chunky lace all over the sides of the glass when it finally does. Very hoppy aroma for a Stout. If i was blindfolded, i would think i was smelling a nice IPA..quite strange for a stout. I THINK i detect cascade hops, sour apple, toffee and chocolate...but the hops are front and center in the aroma. Very thick, chewy, syrupy mouthtfeel. THis is beyond full-bodied and is close to being as chewy as Bells Expedition Stout. Not quite though. Starts out with a sweet malty molasses flavor, then some chocolate, and finishes with a heavy roasted licorice. And unfortunatley, the grapefruit hops do come through in the finish. Sorry i do NOT want grapefruit in my Stouts. There is also a lingering bitter cocoa aftertaste that is JUST A BIT OVERDONE.. This is not a real drinkable stout, but it is a decent late night slow sipper, if you can get past the grapefruit hoppiness, and i cannot. Keep the grapefruit in my IPA’s where it belongs please.
10/30/2009 rerate-orig rating was 6/5/5/5/10-ok so my palette has changed a LOT or this beer has. Either way, i have not tried it since thhe first one i disliked about 3 years ago. But now it rocks! I really enjoy the chocolate, coffee, molasses, and hop balance. Is almost perfectly balanced. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable. Might be really really incredible after about a year of aging i think. Body is full, carbonation is just right. And this is a GREAT value for $4.99 a bottle localy!
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I first cracked this bomber, my entire kitchen smelled like Hershey’s syrup and hops. needless to say, I started drooling.
This pours jet black with a head that looks like it came from a cup of hot cocoa that leaves a thick lace. Even the mag-lite to the side only registers subtle browns and purples. This is dark folks!
A closer investigation of the smell reveals big barley with a subtle roast to it along with some cleverly paired hopps. Reminds me a lot of Storm King by Victory.
Superb flavor! Wow! There’s a huge malt with only a slight roasted flavor that is neatly paired with a sweet floral hops. This flavor disintegrates into almost a chocolate pudding in both flavor and texture. The finish is a creamy chocolate milk with only a hint of the hopps and roast that leaves the palate dying for more.
The mouth feel is pure smoothness. Delicate bubbles and big creamy texture.
This is an awesome beer. Highly recommended.
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark color with a light brown head. Chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and burnt grains. Complex and perfectly balanced....
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours tar with tan head. Aroma is molasses, caramel, malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is bitter coffee, wood, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. This beer was a bit too woody for me.
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep black beer with a welcoming look. Lots of malty sweetness and hops with grapefruittaste. Coffee, chocolate and a wonderful aromatic finish. Could be a little bit less sweet.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a deep dark black with a nice tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor immediately hits one with the roastedness, but is soon followed by toffee and caramel. IN the background is the hint of dark fruit and the citrus and pine of the the hops.