igneous1 (1524) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 opaque, black, thick and lasting light brown head. Lots of sweet roasty and chocolatey malt in the aroma. flavor is chocolatey and lightly hopped, very roasty. ..did i say lightly hopped in my first rating? what the hell was i thinking...surprisingly quite hoppy!
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black with a bit of brown poking through. Chocolate brown head on top. The nose is roasty and sweet with malt. Brown sugar notes round out a good roasty aroma. The body is thick with slight chocolate notes. A very light hint of smoke leads to a lightly bitter finish. A bit of a dissappointment - the nose was so nice, but the body was a bit timid. Solid otherwise.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild chocolate and lightalcohol aroma. Decently black pour with minimal head. Port wine flavor with decent bitterness, slight roasted espresso and chocolate. Yeastiness at the finish. Decent beer, though not my favorite.
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A month ago this was my "Cleveland closeout", the last beer I had before heading out of town. It was a great draft to complete a sampling of many regional beers at the Winking Lizard. I had also picked up a bottle of Blackout Stout earlier in the day at Roziís which I saved for a sober sampling of this Imperial Stout. Blackout pours a bit on the flat side, however the strong chocolate fragrance encourages you to sample. Roasted flavor with a hint of yeast (alcohol) in the aftertaste. The drinkability of this imperial stout is the main feature of this beer.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 Dark Brown Coloring with Quickly Fading Sandy Head. Smoke, Coffee Roasts and Heavy Layer of Bakerís Chocolate on the Nose. Medium to Heavy Bodied Beer. Chalky Mouthfeel from Bakerís Chocolate Bitterness....It May be That the Bakerís Chocolate Has a Smoke Like Quality Because Itís So Intense. Your Thoughts? Dark Bread, Prune, Chocolate Flavors Abound...Leaving a Dry Bittersweet Chalky Chocolate and Coffee Aftertaste. Make No Mistake...Sheís a Big Beer..and Frankly, Worthy of Putting in the Same Lineup as Surlyís Darkness. One Critique Would be the Lighter Body.
aracauna (3317) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little light for an imperial with a bit of mahogany around the edges, the head is nicely tan and creamy. The aroma nicely roasty with a hint of fig. The flavor is sweet (a little sugary) and fruity (the fig again) with an almost metallic bitterness finishing it out.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dry nose of coffee and roast, light fig as well. Coffee mixed with sweet sugary fruity, lots of roast, a bit cloying with the sweetness underneat the dry roasty flavors, very contrasting, hmmm.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured a dark brown to black with a good size tan head with a descent lacing. aroma this is another one of my wows sweet malts, hops and dark fruits and raisin and coffee. flavor bitter sweet choc. plums, a nice sweetness with a bit of bitterness. as I kept the beer in my mouth because of the smoothness a taste of honey came out and more fruits flavors. I just wish this beer was warm when I bought it so I can let it age for a while to see if it can get better. all I can say is a very good beer I think it is my 2nd favorite beer
PisskyNight (13) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Nice 1/2 inch toffee head which lies on top of an ink black hue of a body...the head rather quickly dissipates to a murky pond like fizzle and leaves good trails of lacing onto the glass walls
Smell: hm...well I am having this not too long after the edmund fitz and its not quite as good of a smell...pretty nice wine-like coffee aroma...tart toffee tones and sour diactely phenols...pretty nice though
Taste: hmm....well you can tell this has some alcoholic kick to it...pretty nice depth...a bit watered down...has characteristics of a bitter porter at times....bitter chocolates....and bourbon come to mind....3/5 on the smoothness part...
Notes: low on drinkability loses some points as does the fact that its not quite as complex as I was hoping it would be...but a fine stout nonetheless...maybe I shouldnít have had the Ed Fitz before..hmm....good stuff though
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An initial thick, fizzy tan heads retreats to a few small, sparatic bubbles atop an opaque, black body. The nose consists almost entirely of roasted and burnt coffee. There are elements of sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate, a light ripe fruitiness, molasses and fresh, pungent hops. Despite the intense darkness of the color, the body is not quite as thick or full as one might expect. The flavor continues the roasted coffee domination. Aspects of the accompanying sweeter elements (molasses, chocolate, caramel, fruit) are almost completely lost. Like all GLBC beers Iíve had, the alcohol is rather well hidden. The bitterness really shines through in the end, however. The hops and roasted coffee really complement each other splendidly to achieve the intense bitterness. Not the best Imperial Stout Iíve ever sampled, but one that Iím glad I had the chance to try. If I could just give it a little more body, more carbination and head, and just subdue the roasted coffee bitterness, this would rank among the truly elite. However hard I try, Iíve found Iím no magician.