FlacoAlto (3810) - 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 (5572) - 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 (618) - 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 (1388) - 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 (9552) - 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 !
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown nearly black, no head, but laces a gogo on the glass. Coffee and sugar syrup malt nose. Malty hazelnut toasted taste. Also licorice. Not bitter, kind of woody. Nice.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This came in a 22oz Bomber with and old western looking label to go with the Maverick theme. Pours a rich black color with a good sized tan foamy head about half an inch high. Not good retention as it quickly faded and there was not much lacing or signs of its existence afterwards. The aroma is of dark chocolate and espresso coffee with a slight hint of hops. There are also notes of dark fruit that seemed to emerge as I drank this. Very similar in taste to the aroma as the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. The chocolate is a bittersweet one with and there are also notes of roasted malts. The hops are present but not too bitter and there are no signs of the alcohol. About a medium body on this beer with fairly good drinkability. This is a very smooth and complex imperial stout and is highly recommended.
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Along the lines of Stone Impy, which is never a bad thing. Black, nice, long lasting dark tan head, amazing lacing. Aroma is of pine with slight chocolate notes, very nice and up front. Full onslaught in the mouth, roasty, notes of chocolate, with a piney hop finish. That pepsin flavor that I love. This is my kind of Imperial Stout! Great balance between malt and hop. I quiver at the thought of an oak aged version. Perhaps not quite as complex as others, but still a mighty fine brew.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/13/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, sampled courtesy of argo0 on RateBeer 11/13/04. Pours an opaque black with deep brown edges. Chunky dark brown head, strangely disconnected from the beer-- not tied down, but more like it’s floating on a film on the top. Lacing is spotty but decent-- sort of falls apart, and it’s totally uneven. Aroma is very dark, earthy and roasty with a touch of mushroom. Very prominent and very nice, very hoppy for an imperial stout. Flavor has too much burnt acid-- holy shit!-- overroast. It’s impressive if not entirely enjoyable. Lots of hoppy charcoal bitterness, scalded coffee, and some very dark chocolate. Medium-full body with mouthwatering dryness. Finish has awesome complexity of dark malt, roast, charcoal, and a touch of exotic mushrooms. Alcohol is apparent but not to the degree that it’s off-putting. Leaves a sticky residue on the lips. A very good, certainly very impressive beer, but there are a few areas where it doesn’t quite come together (head, lacing) , and a few characteristics (super-roast, burnt acidity) that overwhelm and don’t quite agree with me. I’d like to try it after a few years of aging.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle. Thick black brew, no head, great carbonation. Chewy texture, lots of hops for an Imperial Stout, awesome roasted malts. Overall, however, too hoppy and too chewy for me. Prefer silkier Imperial Stouts.