DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2009
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle thanks to duff had in the rake on grants leaving night. Alround rating: Huge roastyness, big burnt tar character, cloying and one dimentional, very unclean.
t4h2c0 (96) - seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark black with creamy brown head. smells of dark malts and coffee/chocolate. strong flavor and palate, very creamy, smooth and velvety. Strong chocolate taste with a slight alcohol burn, you can taste to alcohol in this one, a great well balanced imperial stout.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
While the game we were watching while consuming this bottle was extremely boring, this bottle was not any way. A huge beer in every way possible, and it delivered. The beer pours out an immensly dark body, black as black can get, with a tight, thick 1" creamy light brown head which lasted the entire length of my pint. Aroma consists of dark chocolate, black licorice, scorched sugar, chocolate covered raisins and alcohol. Flavor really pulls it all together with the chocolate notes, bitter coffee, alcohol, dark fruits, vanilla and black walnuts. Body is smooth, creamy and coating. It felt like my teeth were fitted with a tuxedo by the worlds greatest tailor. Just a really great, great beer. Really one of the better stouts Iíve had lately.
Travlr (21401) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very dark. Scant tanned brown head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Flavor of burnt Starbuckís latte mocha frappacino. Just kidding. But it does have more coffee in the flavor than in the aroma. Slight bitter finish. Very nicely complex, great example of the style.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is creamy, dense chocolate-alcohol sourness, and a bit of a hop bite.
Taset is sweet chocolate, smooth chocolate-port, some ethanol and hops.
Mouthfeel is a bit alcoholic, thin for the aroma. Stings a touch. Lots of alcohol in this.
Totally doesnít hide it.
Molasses-puff colored head that rings the glass but does not develop legs, nor sticks around.
Overall, decent, but not amazing.
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, shared with Narnad. Black with a small brown head. Sweet nose, light roast with alcohol - aroma is rather faint overall. Chewy malt flavor, very sugary with a dry, roasty and mildly bitter finish. Alcohol noticeable in finish. I got hints of something green and herbally in there as well (spearmint?). Solid.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pitch black with a small deep brown head. A lot of burnt caramel, candied fruits, plum, cocoa powder, vanilla, blue cheese, brown sugar and strong coffee in both nose and taste. Subtle carbonation. Alcoholic and syrupy. Strong bitterness. Warming on the swallow. Sweet. Not much lacework. Black chocolate, cocoa powder, strong coffee, vanilla and alcohol in the finish. Powerful. Reminiscent of Stone Imperial Stout.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pretty black with just a tiny tiny bit of highlight around the top. Mocha colored head turns into a balding crown with some decent lacing that pulls it up to good.
Smells of booze, rasins, figs, dark fruits, but not fruity in the sense that I got from Speedway. Also some chocolate and maybe a tiny hint of roasted malt.
Taste is similar to that of the smell with more roast in the finish making for quite a tasty beverage. Stouts I feel can go either to the dark fruit side or the more roasted and chocolate malt side, I feel while this one leans fruity, it is different enough to warrant a pretty high rating in this category. Not perfect, but excellent none the less.
Mouth is medium in carbonation and body. Good. I love sludgy stouts, and while this isnít quite that thick or flat, the mouth fulfills itís role to enhance and not distract or detract from the taste.
Lost Abbey has been getting some guff here lately, and while this isnít "Beer Zero," this is a fine example of an imperial stout and the first beer I have had from them deserving of hype. To hell with the red poppies and angels shares, come on home to this.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black pour with a brown creamy consistent film of head. Nice smooth roast in the aroma- some mild licorice, black malt, black chocolate notes. Velvety on the palate with a nice flavor- licorice, black chocolate liqueur, fruity raisin undertones fennel, later roasted and mocha character. A nice and balanced stout.
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very thick, dark black with dense, dark tan head. Aroma is very sweet, light roast, chocolate and light coffee but honestly isnít that strong. Flavor is very sweet with a chocolate start, bitter coffee bite, lots of roasted notes in the middle with a very dry finish and overwhelming alcohol flavor. The beer is really thick with sugars making it a very very dense brew with a slightly oily feeling. Overall the beer was very good but the alcohol was a lot for even sharing only half of the bottle.