zethca (62) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured like used motor oil, extremely thick and syrupy. Small off-white head. Sweet flavor, roasted malts, some hop bitterness. Vanilla. The finish (especially when warm) is very bitter and chocolatey.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Like used motor oil, but with less lubricating properties. There was a small milk chocolate colored head right after the pour, but it went away pretty quickly.
S: Dark roasty coffee and chocolate dominates in this aroma.
T: Wow. This is good. The coffee and chocolate flavors are more subdued in the flavor than they were in the aroma for sure, but it’s still damn tasty. The creaminess from the oatmeal is there as well and there is some vanilla in the background. There is a bunch of residual sweetness.
M: It actually is a bit thin for the style, but still decently heavy. It actually gets a big heavier towards the back of the palate.
D: This is a good beer all around. I do question why they put strong beers in bigger bottles though. This is the equivalent of almost 4 regular beers worth of alcohol.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours pitch black, with a small brown head that disappears quickly. Sweet, roasted malt aroma, with bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and oats. Chocolate malt flavor, with coffee, dried fruit, and liquorice up front, and grapefruity hops coming in towards the finish. Long, bitter chocolate finish.
Christian (11493) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At thewolf. Thanks for sharing this gem!
Black with a lasting light brown head. Caramel, toffee, chocolate and coffee aromas - relaxed, but rich. The flavour has a good dose of both black malt and hop bitterness, hop flavour, some sweetness, and a hint of alcohol. All in all, a perfect balance of all the good things that can be in an imperial stout. Great big mouthfeel too.
A pleasant surprise from a brewery I had never heard of.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 22oz from alexsdad06 - thanks, Brad! I’ve been waiting/wanting to try this for a while, and it’s a lovely, lovely beer. A goopy, thick pour with a big puffy brown head. The initial notes in the aroma are those you’d expect from a big impy - chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, etc. But what I’m really enjoying about this beer is its complexity - deviation from the norm, really - in its taste. It’s not that the above qualities in the aroma aren’t there to enjoy in the tasting; they certainly are. But there’s a real depth dimension to the flavor - dark fruits but not plummy, musky but not oaky, sharp but not licorice-y - that distinguishes it from the many varieties out there. Thick and creamy, aggressive, and complex, this is truly an excellent stout.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge in every way possible. That’s one of the things I love about stouts. They are unmistakeable. Shared this beer with my brothers after Thanksgiving dinner and man...very well received. The beer glugged out of the bottle, looking more like used motor oil than a delicous beer. Huge notes of bakers chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Deep black hue, with a dark brown one-finger thick head. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Deep complex notes of tobacco, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, molasses, and molasses. Beautiful, beautiful beer.
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer gives me something to strive for. The closest thing to perfection I have yet to find from a RIS. Pours a beautiful dark black with a dark tan head. wonderful chocolate and oatmeal aromas. The first taste is an experience all it’s own. Truelly heaven. This is the necter of the gods. So far, my favorite RIS.
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ thewolf tasting. Pours pitch black with a light brown good lasting head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol and chocolate. Great smooth filling mouthfeel. The flavour has lots of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee , some alcohol and a good hoppiness. Very well balanced. Very good smooth roasty, chocolate bitter finish.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours deep brown with a nice caramel head. Great lacing with thousands of tiny bubbles clinging to the glass. Rich aroma of some kind of good coffee and bitter chocolate. Wine-like notes also, which reminded me of Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout and is pretty wonderful. Flavor is heavy, kind of bitter up front and creamy and lush in the finish. Very impressive, especially because this is not my favorite style by any stretch. Bitterness is prominent but there’s more complex flavors than just the typical coffee. It becomes a little bit heavy and burdensome after time though. Still, one of the best stouts I’ve had, and a nice surprise.
thewolf (11349) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ tasting at my place.
[thank you, drmatt]
This ended up being the ’star of the show’. Pours pitch-black with a thick, creamy brown head. Wonderful lacing on my glass. Aroma is sweet but complex. Very malty, chocolate dominating, but there is so much more. Extremely creamy and full mouthfeel. Flavour has toffee, chocolate, lightly vinious, some coffee. Wonderful balance between a stunning amount of maltiness and a great bitterness from hops at the end. Wonderful, wonderful beer.