brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 version (I think). Had been aging this for the last year and just thought it would be a good time to try it. Pours very dark brown with bits of yellow and garnet and the edges. Opaque. The aroma is immediately heavy caramel malts. Lite hops are also present but deep down. Syrupy caramel taste with coffee malts. Some toasted flavors. Also, dates/figs. Some alcohol and a bitter ending. Nice mouth feel - oily and coating to the tongue. I like this better than when I had it last year at the holidays. Has aged well and I wish I had more than one.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roast and sweet chocolate syrup. Flavor is roast coffee, sweet chocolate, and a mild soy. The flavor is intitally very sweet (not cloying however) and is balanced on the finish by the dry roasted bitterness. Rich, smooth, and sits in your stomach like a milkshake.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours suprisingly light but appears black inside the glass. Seriously subtle and lacking aroma of coffee beans, malt (chocolate, roast), strawberry extract, pine, apple and raisins. In terms of flavor, this is equally balanced by the dark malt, burnt fruit and sharp hop characteristics. Front palate begins with a hint of fruit then leads into a nice chocolate, roast, coffee bean flavor and finishes with a reasonable and acceptable hop flavor and bitterness. Lacking in texture. Just not a very good Imperial and I was really hoping to like this.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ben (Btg) for this beer. Almost black with red twinges around the edges. The aroma is a nice roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste has a nice bitterness with typical flavors of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with some almost burnt toast. You do get a bit of a burn from the 9% but it’s really drinkable.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is black, head is like chocolate ice cream. Very sweet chocolate aroma, some what lactic. Taste is sweet like cocoa with some espresso added in. Pretty tasty, body is too thin, alcohol shows up a little too much. Decent Imperial.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.11.04 12oz bottle (drink by 5/29/04). I had this at 62 F. Motor oil black beer with tall, brown, brainy head and and instant smattering of sticky lace. Tons of dark, roasty malts, oatmeal, and burnt whole grain toast. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and rich -- completely coating, full, and slick -- now this is a great impy palate. The flavors are rather subdued; it is quite roasty and there’s lots of prune and coffee and burnt stuff. I could go for some stronger hop presence and a more bitter, drier finish. It actually finishes rather sweet and wet, which is nice. Hearty and bold indeed.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head, full roasted malt aroma more like a porter than a stout because of the presence of alcohol , has a big taste chocolate raisin, not really thick in the mouthpretty bitter on the aftertaste, not as sweet as advertised and a little harsh at the end
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown in colour. Aroma was of chalky bitter chocolate, coffee, rather roasty. Flavour was super sweet, not as much roastiness as the aroma led me to believe, some malt but overall a little thin. Medium body and carbonation. Finishes thin, very sweet.
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, strawberry and dirt aroma and coffee of course.
Quite brown, small creany brown head.
Earth coffee and fruity tastenotes. Slightly fizzy but otherwise mellow mouthfeel. Chocolate and burned coffee aftertaste.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well despite the name I found this one to be only a dark brown with ruby edging. Lots of bittersweet chocolate combined with bitter roasted coffee aromas. Sweet and malty and chocolatey - nice flavours but too thin for what I was hoping for. Also too sweet through the finish. I think I will need to try it again.