harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 Pours very thick and oily, appears very sludgy, with a fastly fading tan head. Aroma is rich and chocolately. Taste is extremely full-bodied and full of chocolate flavoring. A great roasted taste that is slightly burnt with a full but slightly oily mouthfeel. Very highly recommended.
Re: Rate Modest tan head that explodes and then dissipates opaque and black as midnight. Aroma is magnificent, rich coffee and chocolate with apricots and cherries, light diaper aroma. Like lavender and baby powder. Cocoa powder dominates. This is freaky tasty, lots of chocolate and cherry goodness, golden espresso with a very nice hop profile. Perfectly balanced from beginning to end.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick, like a chocolate shake. Black with creamy head. Toffeish with chocolate and roast coffee undertones. Plummy. Hoppy flowery aroma. Alcohol character absent. A lip licker. Great beer. Definitely one not to miss.
omhper (18745) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Extremely black with dark brown. Licorice aroma. Very sweet, intensely malty. A lot of grapefruity hops. Some coffee and an aromatic bitter finish. Full bodied and packed with flavour, I would still make it less sweet. Many thanks to hopsrus for sending this and many other great beers!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark black (opaque) with a good-sized brown head. The aroma was sharp...chocolate, bitter hops, coffee, slight sourness. The flavor was huge...strong roasted coffee tones with some chocolate and bitter hops and some slight sour milk. The feel was great...thick, very creamy, sticky (lips felt very sticky after each drink) and perfectly carbonated. Immense imperial stout...I love it.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When poured, the head was small, light brown with fine-large sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body of this beer was opaque and uncarbonated with a black hue. The nose was that of chocolate and roasted coffee with a chocolate and coffee taste to it. The mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied. This beer had a fair amount of lacing to it.
joet (2038) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! A coffee roast shake! Fruit complements. 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. Excellent!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very thick , like motor oil and very black. Absolutely opaque with a thin light brown head. Pleasant chocolate roasted coffee aroma with some dark fruit complexity. All the carbonation seems to be trapped within the immensely thick body. Swirling the beer kicks up one of the darkest heads I've seen. Starts thick and sweet like molasses, goes through a lightly sour phase and finishes with dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and plums. Mild hop flavor throughout. Don't know if the bitterness is from the hops or the dark malts. I do detect a nice floral hop aspect though. No noticeable alcohol on the palate. Finishes roasted and sticky sweet. A great imperial stout and by far the best I've had from Great Divide.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very black color if there is such a thing black is black right.There was a nice small head that was a creamy dark brown that lasted a very long time.malty hoppy aroma with a mild hint of chocolate and coffee maybe mildly sweet with a mild sour side,and light caramel.The flavor is very malty with a very,very,nice hop presence and chocolate or cocoa mildly sweet at first then a nice dark chocolate flavor comes through,maybe a light coffe taste as well.The after taste is malty,hops and mildly bitter,this is a fantastic brew,damn what a great trade this worked out to be.Thanks go out to Raindog for this brew,sorry the brews never made it to the weekend but hey it was well worth the enoremous buzz i have right now. Your the man when it comes to fine brews.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 Awesome rich full creamy Palate, an absolute ass kicking mouthfeel. Rich creamy smooth subtle and did I say smooth Imperial Stout. Get out of my way I am buying every bottle in the city. Rich Kenya coffee, roasted nuts above a caramel character. Sticky sweet finish like Czar without the sometimes overpowering alcohol taste of that one. This Imperial Stout is best at cellar temp or above. Highly Recommended</>
thedm (4866) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew poured a very large envigorated head of brown colored mostly lasting finely sized bubbles that left behind an excellent lacing and a opaque black body with no visible carbonation. The stuff is dark! 70,000 mile motor oil dark. Darker that a starlee night. Darker than inside a cave. The aroma is all dark malt and the mouthfeel is intially full of coffee and finishes with coffee. Infact, it's palate is all coffee. The finish is slightly bitter. THe flavor is all coffee and dark malt. Very tasty and thick. And, at 9.5%, it has some kick. The alcohol content is very well hidden. I'd give it an even higher rating if it was a beer that I could drink and not sip. This brew goes a long way. Man what a beer! I am drinking this whole 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle and it is kicking! I mean kicking!