yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 So rich and smooth and excellent on the palate. Nice and full body and toasty and delcious. A little alcohol present too but really smooth. Having this again made me realize that it is freakin awesome. So incredibly rich and the alcohol has faded a bit. Chocolaty goodness, creamy, candy in a glass. Loads of complexity with vanilla and toffee with just the right level of roast. Amazing.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours aa deep dark black. Aroma of cherries, vanilla, coconut, and hints of bourbon. Flavor of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate. A very complex profile to this beer. What an amazing bottle.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Huge massive thanks to JW77 for sharing at RBWG. Small sample but it looked to be almost black with a small head. But again very small sample. Nose was big roasted malt but terrific melding of bourbon. rich chocolate, raisin and dark caramel. Nose is incredibly intense. Flavor is just as intense. Up front chocolate covered raisins with a terrific cherry pit character. Roast character is low as this is on the sweeter side but by no means is it sticky. Its quite dry and finishes with wood bourbon and even a little smoke. This thing is so complex I could drink it for an hour and still come up with different characteristics. Truly an exceptional beer.
hopdog (10285) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this 22oz bottle. Poured a dark black (it just doesn’t get darker than this) with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of dark fruits, oak, wood, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, smoke, and chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasty. Full and creamy body. Damn this was good.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Red tinged black colored beer with a full tan head. Really nice aromas, with deep dark fruits, brandy and roasted malt and chocolate notes. Delightfully crafted malt character, with notes of peanut butter, chocolate, espresso roast and dark fruits. Incredible 30-second + finish lasts and lasts. Amazing ale.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
139th Imperial Stout rating, gets me in the top Imperial Stout raters! Bomber from Tim, thanks so much dude. This felt like as good a time as any to embrace sloth, shared with my girlfriend Cyn for the 50th rating of this beer. Poured into my reidel snifter, glad I had one clean for this, a rich deep black with a light brown head that has touches of lighter reds. The nose on this beer is simply incredible, its sweet, and really nice with hints of vanilla and some coconut, the smokyness and roastyness are there but subtle, I could sniff this for hours without taking a sip, but I just don’t have that kind of time. Excellent on the nostrils. Taste is sweet with rich peaty notes. Peat is strong in the taste with big time roasty, smokey qualities. I can’t say taht I really can tell the belgian qualities of this imperial stout, I think I got them in Weyerbacher 13, but not completely sure. The taste is quite rich and strong, but the alcohol is restrained. This is a masterful beer. I’m really curious after having this how good Berserker will be. Fantastic beer, fantastic. Glad to share this with my girlfriend, take my time, and sit on my couch as the deScription directs.
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, huge thanks to ipa247 on BA for sharing this extreme rarity that I thought I’d never get a chance to try. Jeff somehow pulls some insanely ridiculous beers. This one really blew me away and exceeded even the high expectations I had set for it. Excellent appearance, jet black in color with a fluffy brown head and great lacing. Some legs on this beer as well. Absolutely incredible aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak, anise, and whiskey. Flavor is also really complex and amazing. You can definitely tell that this has some Belgian notes in it, and they meld with the rest of the flavor seamlessly. Gentle roast and rich chocolate flavors, as well as toffee and maybe even some candi sugar, vanilla, coconut, molasses, licorice, oak, and yeast. Extremely complex and well-balanced, never overpowering. The drinkability is insanely high. Overall, just a phenomenal beer, and instantly one of my favorite examples of my favorite style. Wish they would brew this one again.
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber format into a midnight sun globe glass
Black with hints of brown and ruby. Lots of dark brown residue on the sides of the glass. Thin dark brown head.
Dark Belgian chocolate nose with roast, oak, and lots of dark fruits. Cherry and raspberry for the most part. Taste is dry Belgian chocolate, dry roast, whiskey, tar, tobacco and dark cherry and raspberry. Lots of red wine and grape in the mouth. Lots of tannins.
Masterpiece beer. Well balanced. No oxidation in this at all. Full bodied, light carbonation. Complex and just brilliant.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep motoroil black with a medium creamy/bubbly deep tan head. Aroma of oak, cherries, vanilla, molasses, chocolate, sweet and malty. Flavor of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, light oak, roasted malt, light smoke, nuts, molasses, dry and roasty. Great creamy body. Not sure I get too much of the Belgian yeast in this one...but it’s quite a nice Imp Stout!
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 bomber thanks to brewboone. Pours black as ink with a brown head which lingered and produced some lacing. Nose is of coffee and oak. Taste was chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Delicious! Mouthfeel was medium and creamy with right amount of sweetness. Very complex. This was one fantastic brew. Was sad when it was finished.