sfontain (807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty much opaque black; smallish, brown head; barely any lacing. Aroma quite chocolatey; fair amount of caramel; medium roasty; amazingly low alcohol. Big, rich flavor--chocolate, vanilla, light coffee; again, barely any alcohol for the 9%. Big, rich, frothy in the mouth; finish is barely bitter but not too hoppy. You have to let this warm up, but once you do...excellent. Really great stout.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pours nice dark color, aroma with the usual imperial stout hints. taste is too thin for my imperial taste. seems to fall short of the other local imperial stouts. a good 4 lengths behind Ringneck’s Imp stout.
Oakes (12612) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Dough77 for this one! Black colour. Aroma has a lot of chocolate, light roast with some plum notes. It has a rich, deep, chocolatey character with burnt fruitcake roastiness that adds accent to the background. Rich, chewy and well-crafted. Finishes intensely with coffee, tons of malty sweetness and balancing alcohol.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Dark brick red body with a thin but lasting mocha colored head. Appetizing roasty and hoppy aromas. Good hop flavors and bitterness balance solid sweet and roasty malts. Very good.
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cocoa Pebbles, short-lasting head. Sweet maltiness in a glass. Very well-balanced. Distinct malt, hop, and sweet components that make me want to try and re-try again. Another solid beer from Great Lakes.
Zeswaft (1370) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 I tried rating this but my fucking wireless internet wouldnt connect to whatever the fuck so i had a real review but not anymore. it tasted a lot like coffee and it was good
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A really nice stout from GL. A lot of really good coffee and chocolate flavors and a good roast character. Nice nose, but lack much head which really can make a stout beautiful.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black as night black with a decent brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco aromas. Burnt coffee, chocolate and roasted nutty flavors, full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, has a nice smokey bitter finish, alcohol very well hidden, drinks like a regular stout, very nice.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours an impenetrable black with an almost non-existent head. Mouthfeel left a little to be desired, much like Old Rasputin. Nose was floral, likely from the hops. Reminiscent of a combinatino of Raspy and SK, though slightly more subdued. Alcohol wasn’t felt too much, even when cold. A pretty big coffee present, at times reminding me of Founders breakfast. A nice beer for me to try at the Pub.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Bottle. Pours a dark black with a tannish small head. Nose is mostly roasty malts with coffeeish notes. Mouthfeel is vinous, sorta thin for an impy. Taste is full of bitter chocolate, hops and the roasty coffee notes linger through the bitter hop end. A nice ale, but it falls a bit short of the best in this class