strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black and thin color with caramel head. Aroma is of moderate roast. Taste is well balanced with enough hops to counter the heavy roast and malt flavor. Full-bodied but not overbearing. A very nice evenly flavored brew.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first US beer after returning home. Very black rich tan head. Nose is rich caramel, tar, a good amount of cherry, some hop. Flavor is tar, very drich malt, some dark fruits, tingly hops.
fordest (1999) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with toncatcher. Lots of chocolate and mocha coming off of this very very dark beer. Nice tan head that stuck around. Flavors were very good too. More Chocolate and some molasses. Very very tasty
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Bottle on 01/02/2011. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head. Sweet chocolate, light oatmeal, rum soaked fruit and light roast aroma. Roast, chocolate and light oatmeal flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 8/5/9/4/17 - 4.3
06/28/2007 - RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Dark black body with mohogany hints and a small creamy light brown head. Sweet fruity rum soaked molassas aroma. Chocolate and molassas flavor with some caramel and a bitter finish. 9/6/9/4/18 - 4.5
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from black95tt, drunk on 5/26/07
Quickly rising medium-tan head tops a (nearly?) opaque black body with deep, chartreuse highlights. Head recedes to cover much more quickly than in HF’s other beers, and provides only spotty lacing.
Waxy, almost papery dark malt notes are the first thing I note in the nose, but a lush, though somewhat pepper-tinged, citric hoppiness breaks through, mingling with strong coffee to provide quite a charge of dryness. Black licorice notes rise up only to fall in to a chocolatey death of moist, double chocolate cake splashed with espresso. Somewhat of a short finish to the aroma, however, full of vanilla and light char, and again, that slightly astringent/papery dark malt note. Something slightly unpleasant hangs on the finish as well, perhaps just some higher alcohol or possibly a light phenolic note, but it saps the malt of its richness prematurely. Otherwise, the beer is clean and mostly devoid of alcohol.
Old coffee and bittersweet prunes jolt the palate as the liquid first enters the mouth, but are nipped by a particularly bold Spanish coffee note that seems quite dry and a little grating on the palate. However, in quick succession, a massively cakey fudginess takes over the palate and never lets go. Aided by the low, subversively loose carbonation, it gets intensely sweet and very sticky. You almost have to chew through to the finish, which has a minimal drying sensation from some green, citric hops and charred black malts. As the bottle progresses the heavily sweet chocolate flavors pick up sticky caramel as well and it just becomes too much, especially given the low, loose carbonation. More attenuation and stronger vinousness and/or balancing dryness would really do the trick, as this is a pretty tasty beer. Alcohol is mostly well-concealed. Definitely not a cookie-cutter American Imperial, but not where it could be yet, IMHO.
Yay, I just rated my 100th Imp. Stout....
islay (1125) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Approximately 1.5 oz. sample at the Grand Tasting of the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2007 in the Twin Cities, MN on July 23, 2007. This was the second of 26 beers that I sampled and rated during the tasting (and the first that I actually had heard of). Fantastic aroma of banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies, with a hint of roasted coffee. It’s hard to find a beer that smells much better than this one. Pours a dark brown with an amber ring around the sides and a small amount of short-lasting tan head. Roasted coffee, grape, plum, dark chocolate, and vanilla are present in the port-like flavor. Sweetened roasted coffee aftertaste. Medium to full body. Smooth but crisp in the palate. BORIS the Crusher is the real deal and well worth trying for the smell alone.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich deep black with a nice tight thcik deep beige head and nice lace. Aroma is loaded with tons of chocolate malts, roasted barley, ligth on the american hops, light alcohol pressence, and a nice fruity raisiny ester profile with some tar and licorice. Sugary sweet dates in the flavor, chocolate, and black malts, roast and hints of coffee, licorice and a moderate hop bitterness. Tar and leather hints in the aftertaste. Real smooth and alcohol is hidden well. Nice Impy stout.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Dark dark opaque brown body with no head. Strong vanilla to the point it reminded me of an oak aged liquor. Smooth body with coffee and chocolate flavors dominant.
tennisjoel (1175) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from RBSG Grand Tasting. The head totally is gone after the initial pour. Strong intense licorice, vanilla, and caramel aromas greet the nose. Very smooth flavor, and the ingredients just all seem to work in harmony with each other. This is a top notch brew!
Thanks to the Ohio crew for picking this brew up!
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, dark and filled with flavor. Thick, oily black pour with deep tan head that diminishes faster than you would think. Dark roasted malts dominate the nose eliciting aromas of expresso and chocolate. There’s a sweet side in the nose, as well, with hints of plum. The flavor is softly sweetened, a sweetness that turns bitter by the end of the swallow. The finish stays bitter and last moderately long revealing notes of licorice. Full body. Moderate carbonation. While this beer makes a great first impression, it grew a little tedious by the end of the glass. Still, a nicely crafted Russian imperial stout.