MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried on tap.
A very bold imperial stout. Very heavy in the roasted malt department. Nice dry roasted finish.
A bold example of an imperial stout meant to be enjoyed slowly to both appreciate and not be overwhelmed by its rich character.
MrBunn (2609) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - 22 oz. As the thick blackish liquid slowly fills the glass the anticipation is building. The little bit of a head that is forming is that burnt orange color that I’ve only seen on a couple of other beers and the aromas are wonderful and detectable at a distance. Leaning forward for closer inspection, I pick up dark malt, oatmeal, alcohol, molasses, maybe a little bit of anise and a touch of espresso. First sip is really nice. Silky mouthfeel and burnt malt are the first things that hit, then a bit of an alcoholic warmth accompanies the dark fruit and molasses middle to end development. The best part of all of this is that everything balances really well and transitions are smooth... meaning that, although this is a high ABV imperial stout, and rich in flavors, there are no elements that stick out and distract.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with MrBendo. Aroma of rich, dark chocolate. Loads and loads of roasted malt, vanilla, wet wood and leather. Pours with motor oil like viscosity. Jet black with a creamy red/brown head. Flavor was roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla extract, molasses. Excellent balance of rich, oily malt and dry hops. Perfect texture. Creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation. Lush and silky. Thanks Todd!
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial thanks to Walt for sharing. Then Sprinkle sent a couple of nombers my way to spread the dark goodness that this beer is. Mighty and mighty tasty. Deep, dark, delicious, hoppy like a frog, roasty like uh like uh l;ike a toad? Just works well, having the components in harmony like I like it.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. agressive pour gave me a black oil body with tight creamy brown head. Strong nose hops, with chocolate, caramel trace vanilla. Lots of roasted goodness in the full mouth feel. Lots of chocolate and pine finish. Nice here. A very good brew here, would be better on a cold night, but with college footbal in full swing and upset all over, needed to celibrate. Trade, THANKS!
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured into tulip. pours a black with mild head. hop mocha presence. dark roasted malt presence. smooth mocha to finish. good.
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (650ml) shared with tupalev, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of jerc & mabel. Pours an oily black with an average size diminishing light-brown head. Strong but nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, hops and alcohol. Flavour has lots of hops, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light coffee and a long bitter finish. More alcohol in the aroma then the flavour. Nice thick full body, oily mouthfeel. A fantastic Imperial Stout!
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Secret Santa crizay for this one! Pours motor oil black with a surprisingly good deep brown head. Great aroma, a blast of chocolate liquor, a bit of coffee. Flavor matched, more chocolate liquor, coffee, and a fig and raisin fruity note. Flavors were a hair disjointed here, and the alcohol was a touch on the rough side. Perhaps with age this comes together a bit better. Although quite good, not a world beater IMHO.
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, light brown head; Quite intense quite nice dry oatmeal sweet UK licorice aroma; Big full soft fruity acidy body, huge; Very intense very roasted bitter finish, lots of burnt aromas. Very good, but almost to much.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Re-rate, on tap at Hop Devil Grill, NYC. Similar numbers to my bottled rating, I just bumped the aroma from 6 to 8 as it smelled really nice on tap - lots of coffee, alcohol, chocolate and roast. I also bumped appearance from 3 to 4 based on the on tap appearance. Overall from 15 to 16 b/c of this. A really solid impy.
Bottle shared with Jerc, Mabel, and Blankboy, courtesy of Jerc and Mabel (I think). Pitch black, no head at all. Mild chocolate, roast aroma. Really good roast taste, with some alcohol at the end. Thick thick body, probably needed a little bit more carbonation. A very good impy.