presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with a light quick brown head. Thick strong aroma; oily licorice, molasses and oatmeal. One of the thickest bodies I have experienced. Like a spoon of yogurt. Flavour is like 85% cocoa chocolate and hops. Strong bitter chocolate, coffee and hops. Leaves some sweet residue on the lips and tongue.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Smells of coffee and oatmeal dominate. Black pour with a tan head that did not last very long. Smooth mouthfeel with wonderful coffee and oatmeal flavors. Nice finish. Would recommend.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deeelicious. Pours a dark brown more or less black with small tan head around the brim. Nose was big time coffee, dark chocolate, nutty, cherry and some other notable fruit, and of course a hint of oat. Flavor is similar, with the alcohol taking a slightly larger role. Pretty delicous.
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that sticks around and laces a bit. chocolate coffee roast malt smell with a note of oatmeal cookies. big bitter chocolate taste with more oatmeal cookie and some dark cherries. moderately bitter patter and some sweetness, but not enough to be cloying. lots of alcohol warming, which is really the only hint that this is this big a beer. fair amount of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. definitely a tasty imperial stout.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
mmm, rich and chewy sweet high octane stout. drinkable yet super indulgent. very nice.
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF. A great heavy stout with a roasted nut texture and overcooked toasty taste, caramel like. A full body with a small tan head. Awesome.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from dra19. Pours black as night with thin brownish head. Aroma of Oreos with a hint of urine. In the mouth, the first impression is of overpowering sweetness, though thankfully later swallows weren’t so one-sided. After my tongue had acclimated to the sweetness, I was able to taste the more interesting parts of this brew, coffee, chocolate, roasted whatever. The finish is dominated by alcohol. I guess I can see what others like in this brew, but I wasn’t my speed.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Year old bottle from ____. Tasted at Churchill’s with Ivan, Tim, Aaron, and Dave. Big dark tan head of small bubbles. Medium body. Mellow caramel sweetness with only a slight roastiness, which I like. Taste is a little of burnt caramels. Nice.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks eagle. Poured a dark black with tan head. Aroma was of chocloate and a little bitter coffee. Flavor was overwelmed by the chocolate, some coffee in there. Good beer.
NachlamSie (3065) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 bomber big thanks goes out to Tronraner for this one. The pour is super black with a tall dark tan head that slowly fades away to a thin, whispy layer. Lacing is awesome. The nose is powerfully rich with deep layers in the aroma. It’s quite fruity only in the way of cherries and coconut with strong coffee ice cream, a bag of oats, and nuts. The flavor shows that weird interaction of hops and malts that comes through in this style sometimes. Makes me think roasted pineapple, but without any of the bitterness. The malty flavors are showcased here, however, with rich suggestions of coffee, cherries, chocolate, and tons of oats. This is absolutely enjoyable. I can’t believe how nutty and grainy the flavor is, yet the bittersweet character is more than enough to round things out in a fabulously balanced package. Top notch imperial stout!
[June 21, 2008]
Bomber. This is black, viscous oil with a dark head to boot. This was a little too cold at first, but I could still find plenty of roasted, bittersweet character in the aroma with ints of ash, oatmeal, nuthsells, mocha, and espresso. BORIS is good stuff cold, but obviously allowing it to warm closer to room temp really lets the flavor shine. Delightful chocolate syrup hints become much stronger, yet never approach being cloying as a complex palate of oatmeal, charred wood, ashtray, and espresso keep thing rich, bittersweet, and full-bodied. This is considerably good beer.