SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Thick, creamy, light brown head leaves a layer of lacing as it settles. Resinous piney hops jumped in my nose as soon as I cracked the cap. Poisonous citrus rind, roasty mocha, and subtle vinous anise working the olfactory, also. Flavor adds sweet, burnt, and ashy notes. Full, smooth, viscous palate. Great brew.
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, brown creamy head; Quite big nose, could be both deeper and more complex: a little oxidized sour, brown sugar, later a little licorice and coffee. Nothing is really distinctive in the nose and it lacks clarity; A little creamy textured, a little soft carbonation, balanced to the salty side; Into long finish, again a bit salty, but also a little bitter with some alcohol present, the aroma in the finish is clearer: some hop (pine+flowers), bitter licorice and acidy coffee. This beer lacks a lot of balance.
NYMojoMan (12) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Only points i cut from this amazing barley nectar is because the oak aged adds another element. But other than that Itís the same amazing ungodly Imperial Stout
gagaforhops (1) - USA - JUN 12, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slight hint of alcohol, but a definite sweetness as this stout warms a bit. Fruit complements. Rich and thick palate. A good Impy stout, not quite to the level of the oak aged version though. Nice herbal hop injection -- piney hop bitterness takes over where the bitter roast leaves off. Rich carmels. A bit sticky but not to any detriment.
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A lot more squeezing than the oaked version, not so sweet. Still black with a brown head. Smell: coffee, chokolade. Taste chokolade, strong hop, roast malts, coffee. Again the taste of undesolved chokoladepowder, this dry chokolade flavour.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2.
I am a Great Divide fan. This stuff is very dark, with a lot of complex flavors throughout: chocolate, coffee, malts, hops. Itís darn good. Very similar to Stone RIS, one of my favorites.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Lord!! Humongous beer. Probably an average 12 packís worth of hops and malt in a single pint-six bottle. The color of (over)used moter oil. Has a significant lasting head. Lotís of licorice in the nose but overpowered by malt. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate . Extremely thick. Maybe have been psychological, but my glass felt kinda heavier than normal when full. ;) I bet there are 500 calories in a bottle of this stuff. The three main tastes are MALT, HOPS AND alcohol. Very generously hopped. I had to drink this slowly. Warms up very very nicely. Hard hitting hops finish. The stout for hopheads.
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. this too i enjoyed. not as much as the hurcules but still good. must try again for better review.
nick76 (4368) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is caramel, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. The appearance is black with a large brown head. The flavor is astringently bitter with all the elements from the aroma in the taste. It is well roasted without being burnt. The palate is nice and thick. The hops make there presence known in the finish. This one has a lot going for it in the aroma and appearance categories. But in the taste department I have had better.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 Poured motor oil-ish with brown head. Big aroma of syrupy molasses, caramel malts, chocolate and alcohol. Flows into my mouth thick and chewy yet silky smooth. Wow! Loads of malt flavors: Caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol too, brown sugar and black patent roasted (burnt) malt. Very nice chatty beer.