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 (5996) - 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.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Wonderfull. Nice color, smell and sensation. Chocolate, coffee and a little bit of smoke. Very good.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thick and black. As full-bodied a beer as Iíve come across. A very hoppy stout, itís almost an IPA. Good and strong. Dry burnt finish.
pinkzambia (1577) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: This is great. Beautiful dark color with a light brown head. It is bursting forth witrh a complexity of roasted flavors including chocolate, coffee, charcoal, and burnt grains. It has a great feel and is a pleasant drink.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the darkest beer that I have tried without a doubt, itís like a black hole; my lights are going dim. The nose is very expressive with plentiful aromas of caramel, chocolate, coffee, hops, malt, and hazelnuts. One would assume that the beer is going to be full-bodied and it is, but itís not too sweet. The palate dries out nicely. On the palate the most dominate flavor is dark bitter chocolate followed by fresh brewed coffee. The hops seem to be appropriately balanced in accordance with the beers gravity. I expected more from the finish, itís by no means short, but I thought that I was going to be bowled over with a long complex finish. A grand Imperial Stout has been crafted by Great Divide that covers all the style bases.