Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Truly dark colour with a very, very good looking beige almost brown head, that lasted very well. Looked spectacular in my regular tasting glass (bowl type glass).
Aroma with notes of coffee, licorice, and something I canít quite place but think is coriander.
Very full, dark flavour with everything from the aroma in rich amounts as well as an interesting complexity of other flavours (I suspect itís one of those beers in wich everybodycan find different flavours).
Lasting bitter, hoppy aftertaste, that I liked, but realise might scare some people off (itís rather agressive after all).
One of the best stouts Iíve had.
ebarnes (254) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle. Pours black as night with a thick, creamy head that lasts forever. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavor. Finishes a little bitter. Not nearly as smooth as Bellís Expedition.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is not nearly as smooth as itís Oak Aged cousin, and I found it to be extremely complex and strong. Very dark brown/black with a brown head. Very hoppy and filling with roasted malt flavor everpresent. Give it a try.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. First off let me say state this: this is one of the most beautiful beers Iíve ever seen. It pours a completely opaque black. I held this right up to a lamp and wasnít able to get any light through it. The head is very big but not Duvel big, super thick and creamy (think latteí), and milk chocolate brown. And it hangs around basically forever. Like 3 years or something. Aroma starts to give hists of this oneís odd nature: cream, lots of brown sugar, and...hoppy citrus? Yup. So...the flavor. Well, right off the bat it sorta punches you in the face with roasted coffee malts and bitter dark chocolate, piles of brown sugar. Then, well, you have the hops and frankly, this is where the beer lost me. The distinctly non floral bitterness that felt like some one had dumped some of their IPA in my stout. And alcohol. This beer does a poor job hiding its high gravity, which of course adds to the harshness. Personally, I did not find this anywhere near as well balanced as other premium imperials (namely Storm King, Rasputin). Finishes with alcohol, coffee, and and a weird sweet bitterness. By far the worst thing about this beer is the feel. At first it is ok, thick like a stout should be. But then, well, it has this horrible bottom-of-the-coffee pot chalkiness that made me cringe. Its like I chewed some Tums and washed it down with a swig of reheated day old coffee. Blarg. So the moral of the story is that this beer gave me a great first impression, and then consistently let me down there afterward. I had problems even finishing it. I can see why some like it, as American beer makers and drinkers seem to be obsessed with hops and the number of IBUs. Anywho, this one was frankly not for me.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do you want an excellent imperial stout? This is it. Cradled in a one pint, 6 oz (650 ML) brown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Mundelein, IL, this black hued stout sports a long lasting large creamy head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Intoxicating complex aroma of chocolate, expresso, and dried fruit. Medium bodied with creamy smooth texture that starts with chocolate, expresso, prune flavors. Finishes dry with light bitterness. A rich, creamy complex stout that is best savored alone after a meal. A giant imperial stout, one of the best that Iíve tried thus far.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick, foamy brown head. Heavy chcolate aroma (smells so much like chcolate milk) along with toffee, caramel, coffee, hazelnut, and even floral and citrusy hops. Extremely thick and complex taste with lots of chocolate and espresso. Excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. There is also a huge hops taste that leaves citrus and pine flavors on the palate. This is very creamy for a stout and it goes down ultra smooth with a dry hoppy bitter finish. Overall this is an incredible stout, one of my favorites - canít wait to try the oak-aged version.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had this beer a LONG while ago, but found my little rating notecard just today....so forgive me, for i can only offer what i wrote down on that sheet; wonderful impy appearance (as usual), with light brown head...aroma is full of roasted notes (the typical chocolate and coffee complex), with added molasses and caramel notes....a touch of hops in the finish...wonderful palate
great stout......as is the OAK-AGED
jonas (5986) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, tasted in parallel with the Barrel aged version, both provided by the generous and hospitable Mads Berg, tak Mads!
Jet black, creamy brown head.
Chocolate and coffee aroma
Sweet candysugar, good hop bitternes,
coffee and herbal hop aftertaste.
Full thick body, mellow mouthfeel , hop dryness on tongue.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark, black appearance with a large brown head. Taste is of deep, dark chocolate with alcohol and hops. A very strong and bold beer, almost overpowering, not as smooth or complex as its cousin the Oak Aged Yeti, but still a very good beer.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark nearly black color tinted red ever so slightly, a milk chocolate colored head floats atop. Tastes like it has some coffee/chocolate hints with a little bit of a roasted flavor.