adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a pitch black color with a very thick creamy beige head. Aroma is unusually hoppy for an imperial stout. Slight coffee scent and malts also detected in scent. Flavor is very hoppy with hints of coffee and sweet chocolate. Different, but great.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from kms399 acquired via a recentt rade. pours like old used motor oil, thick and black! a dark tan head fades to a lucious ring of lace and chases its way down the glass with every sip. aroma of deep roast malt and coffee. flavors are more of the same with hints of bittersweet chocolate and high hop bitterness. a solid impy, but the roasted flavors are a bit overpowering and seemingly unbalanced for my palate. thanks Ken for this one and the great trade.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice imperial stout. Pours an opaque black with a dark head. Flavor is dominated by chocolate malt up front with a warming coffeeish finish. A great beer for a cold autumn night.
natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice label. Pour was thick and inky, with dark dark brown head. Mmmm. Huge malt aroma, with a tang of alcohol on the nose. Hops? Probably, but I was revelling in the malt smell! Thick malty yummy taste! Stout as it oughtta be. Quite bitter with the hops, with a strong resin flavour. Fantastic, complements the huge malt flavour and knocks back the alcohol taste. Mouthfeel a bit grainy, thick, rolls around your mouth. Astringent finish refreshes your mouth and makes you crave another go! This is close to my ideal stout....
Beaver (1649) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque motor oil black. It has a good sized creamy head that is very dark brown. The head quickly goes to a bubbly film and collar that laces the glass.
The aroma is lactose, chocolate, some bitter hops, wood, and anise. Thereís also some dark fruits and alcohol.
The flavor is anise, lactic cream, coffee, chocolate and some fruitiness. It has a pretty sharp burnt bitter finish that leaves a slight sticky aftertaste. Itís well balanced between the sweet and the bitter (tending a little more towards bitter), and the alcohol is well hidden (yet belly warming). The mouthfeel is full and creamy.
Overall, similar to the oak aged version, but I liked this much better. It was a little more tamed in terms of alcohol and bitterness. One of the best imperials Iíve had to date. Itís still a tad rough around the edges...I bet this would age nicely.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 2, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 smellls of sweet roasted malts, carmel, and a hint of citrusy hops. syrupy texture and black in color with a dark brown orange head. oily palate. i definitly notice the hops underneath the roasted chocolate malts. tastes of chocolate covered oranges. similar to a rogue stout with the hop content. unique and enjoyable. great find.--11/2/05-- re-rate- well, itís been a long time since iíve had this one, so i decided to re-rate. pours completely black with a large creamy whipped dark brown head. aroma of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sugared coffee, espresso, mocha. full bodied and creamy. flavors like the aroma with notes of orange and pine. this still rocks just as hard.
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black as night with a thick tan head. Coats the glass nicely. Taste has a heavy helping of roasted malts and coffee. Coats the tongue pretty well.
This is one of the better impies Iíve tasted.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I knew i would find a beer that i hadnt rated yet, but i didnt think it would be this one since pauline is always going on about it. I opened his and poured one of the best pours iv ever done, jet balck with dark coffee brown head. Aroma is coffee and molasses with a dryness in there also. Taste is similar with maybe some fruits kicking about and another dry finish.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle at LCRBM] Black with a small tan head. Roasted coffee aroma, chocolate, fruity hops, citric, a touch of smoke. big body, finish is dry and bitter. very good.
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with a brown head. Fruits and coffee-aroma, the better kind. Sweet taste, but overpowered by roasted bitterness. Very thick, chewy mouthfeel, alcoholic finish.