boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a jet black body with a creamy, mostly diminishing dark tan head. Looks like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. After minor dissapointment with this breweries’ Black and Tan, I was not expecting the aroma to be so fulfilling. This instantly let’s you know it’s a serious, well made beer, reeking of inspiration from today’s greats. All in all it smells like a typical but well made American style imperial stout. Notes of oats actually force their way through a broad array of roastiness and choclate. Also noted are raisins, berries, plums, a face smacking addition of coffee, licorice and smoky malts that bring the intense nose to a climactic end. Wow. Flavor immediately indicates high alcohol content, though that is the only noticeable drawback. Really thick, luscious, balanced too! Chocolate, coffee, roastiness all play an equal and powerful roll. Lighter hints of soured fruits and licorice dance in and out of the flavor. The balance is truly exceptional. Palate is extremely full and really catches me off guard; this is no joke. The finish lingers about with pleasing bitterness. This beer just keeps reminding me how accomodating it is to my love of a thick, robust and malty beer. The vinous qualities found throughout provide stark balance to a high level of hoppiness that isn’t ever intrusive. This is a fantastic creation.
TURDFERGUSON (3910) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Kujo9. (Thanks Mike!).
Pour is not quite as black as midnight, more like 10:32pm, but its pretty dark. Tan head fades fast but the lacing is just so beautiful on this one. (I am a sucker for some pretty lacing). Lots of teeny tiny bubbles making interesting designs as I look deep into this brew. Maybe I’m just stoned. Nose is very pleasent, but not overwhelming. Smooth and silky mouthfeel w/ strong chocolate boozy flavors mixed with a nice hop profile. Hints of roasted coffee, oats, and anise. Very well done. I likey.
POD (198) - USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber purchased from Whole Foods Market. Oil-like dark brown pour with a one inch dark tan creamy head. Aroma of barley & oats. First taste was full bodied and smooth on the tongue. Flavors of roast coffee, dark chocolate, traces of caramel, slight wisps of oats and alchohol burn were prominant. As with most imps the flavors exploded as the brew warmed. Very fine example of a good Imperial Stout. I would buy this again.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very thick and jet black with a little brown head that goes to nothing. Lots of roasted malt in the nose with some cherry/dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. There is a creamy chocolate and roasted malt flavor to it. Some alcohol notes throughout the taste. Sticky lips and a creamy chocolate aftertaste makes you wanting more.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an inky black, with a sizeable dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. Flavor is roasted malts, oatmeal, raisins, brown sugar, chocolate, some coffee. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, sweet up front, bitter finish, creamy, sticky, oily goodness. I think this is great right now, but with a year er two on it, wow, cant wait.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to ughsmash for this great beer.
It pours black with a dark brown head. The flavor is of chocolate and roasted nuts. It has a creamy mouthfeel. It’s great
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured opaque balck with a very large dark brown head. Like the color of hot chocolate. The aroma smells like chocolate ice cream or cold hot chocolate. Hint of coffee as well. Light hops at the end of the aroma. Milk chocolate flavor with a hop bitterness on the finish. A good bit of warmth. Medium to full bodied. Very very tasty.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
. . . and now for number 700. 22oz bomber courtesy of GrbDg, thank you Cliff. Pours a deep brown--black in the glass--with a very short lived brown head. After a few moments there is a miniscule brown ring. After some agitation the ring gets thicker, but some deep brown clings to the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malts, oatmeal, anise, raisins, some tar and light berry. Flavor is berry and big roast up front with anise and some baker’s chocolat in the background, and finishes rather quickly with burnt malt and ash in the dry finish. Burps a bit of pine needles. It should be noted there is some chocolatey sweetnessabout 1/4 to 3/4 through. Moderate bitterness toward and in the finish. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation, pretty smooth though. Even though I rated this a 4.0, I think I may be a bit let down--I was wanting to give this a 4.5 or something. Meh, I’m just whining.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black with a small thick brown head. Rich roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Flavor is also very rich and malty, with roast and dark chocolate. Body is very thick and smooth.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Thanks Steve. Very nice beer. Dare say, it’s the best brew I’ve sampled from Ohio. Smooth, creamy; full mouthfeel. Tons of chocolate w/ a creamy, doughy, chocolate milkshake finish. Very good.