tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with solid tan head. The aroma is rich and roasty with a healthy dose of bitter earthy hops and some chocolate. The flavor is dominantly chocolate malt and creamy espresso. Some toffee, toast, and plum are in there, too. Toward the finish, the hops come out. Lots and lots of dry, earthy hops. Very tasty.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautifully dark, great head, roasty chocolate and coffee aroma. Chocolatey, and hop flavours. The hops are far more pronounced here when compared to the oaked.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy, chocolate malt. Taste is very hoppy, chocolate, coffee. Not as smooth at the oak aged, but still top notch.
Nate (3994) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heavy vapors of alcohol, chocolate-coffee liqueur. Roasted black malts, molasses, licorice and smoke. Light hops aroma, overpowered by the malts. Inky black liquid with chocolate brown creamy lacing head. Heavy body, almost oily, with medium carbonation. Alcohol warming. Starts heavy and sweet, with big roasted malt, chocolate coffee notes, bitter and alkaline. Big hops finish to mellow out the sweetness. Big on taste throughout, starts sweet and ends on dry nutty bitterness. Good warming, too.
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 (261) - 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.