HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by markwise. Poured black with a thin mocha head. My nose was instantly assaulted by hard roasted or burnt malts, dark chocolate, and smoke. Full creamy body with mild carbonation. Flavor has loads of dark chocolate and caramel notes blended with big notes of roast and lesser notes of vanilla, wood, light prune or fig, and smoke. Finishes somewhat sweet with a lingering note of burnt malt.
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Jmoore50 from BA. Syrupy dark black pour, little carbonation and a subtle chocolate aroma. Flavor was dark chocolate, some vanilla and finished with a dry bitter coffee finish. Solid beer and doing very well for its age, however enjoyed the Sloth much more.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared by foppa78- thanks again, Mat! The generosity at DLD í10 will not be forgotten. I think it was a 2009 vintage. Pours a motor oil ultra-dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves a ring around the inner edge of the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, port, vanilla, coffee, and caramel. Flavor follows suit pretty well. The chocolate, molasses and dark fruits are the real standout elements of this beer. Full-bodied, rich, and so smooth; minimal carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Wow, thanks for sharing this, Mat.
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste thanks to SSKD814!
Hellish obsidian and thin head that is nearly the color of wet earth. I swirled and stared every 30 seconds. Watery flavor of red wine, booze, light vanilla, and an oven of cookies. The flavor is really unique, adding some oak, coconut, and thick cocoa to the already overly sweet malt dominance. This sweetness is unfortunately stretched by the thin body, and though it shows a nice-yet-muddled bouquet, I was hoping for more bitterness and balance instead of the thin alcohol sweetness that controlled this one so singularly.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-Pours with the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer-which is a very dark brown. Body is opaque, viscous, and black allowing no light to shine through. Head fades to about 1/2 finger and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.
S- Nose is big, rich, deep, and dark. Dark chocolate, anise, licorice, dark fruit, and a good dose of alcohol astringency.
T- Flavor is awesome and much better than the smell. Iím getting a lot of toffee, an unidentified sweetness, and the typical RIS flavors of licorice, anise, dark chocolate, and dark fruit with a mild to moderate roasted malt backbone. A nice surprise for the finish is a woody component of oak is added to the already developing flavors. Great, complex.
M- High carbonation and a very thick- smooth and creamy body. No presence of alcohol in the mouthfeel.
D-This is a great imperial stout and another great brew by Midnight Sun. Solid and offers all the characteristics of a great stout. Definitely in my top 10 stouts overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-29-2010 15:48:33
Brigadier (3345) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle
Iím sure Midnight Sun makes some less than exciting beers (and I have had one or two) but gems like this make up for it in spades. This 2007 release was still excellent. Thanks to buffalohead for the gift which was shared at a tasting. If you have any sitting around and want to free up some space I will gladly take them off your hands.
Aroma / Appearance - Oily and black this was not the thickest imperial stout but right up there with the kings like Dark Lord, Speedway Stout, and (earlier in the night) Hunapas. I could have admired this for an hour before even beginning to drink it. The complex nose contained licorice, coffee, malt, and motor oil. Iím doing it an injustice as my senses were worn from many exceptional beers - just try it for yourself to see how amazingly complicated the weave of flavors are.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate and anise are the first impressions. Next comes a strong malt bill accompanied by coffee. Chewy and dense this beer takes time to work through. This is my first bottle so I donít know what it was like fresh. I can tell you that age has done it no harm and if you have a bottle drink it soon.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Todd. Pours thick, inky black with a rich, frothy espresso head. Head and lacing are thick and heavy, and behave oddly. Fascinating to look at. Of course the nose is rich, heavy on dark fruits, dust of coffee, molasses. I donít know if Iíve ever had a beer that is so creamy in the mouth, almost like a like dark chocolate milkshake. Heavy dark malts, a bitter coffee-like element, vanilla. more discreet slightly woody tones, molasses. F this is good.
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from deliriumfest on BA. Shared at my 2nd annual birthday celebration beer fest.
Black with a small fading dark brown head. The head is damned dark on this one. Leaves a murky black liquid after itís gone. This one is thick and has some legs on it.
Aroma is molasses, roast, anise, and chocolate. Some oak barrel and bourbon poke through. This one lets you know from the get-go that itís not going to mess around.
Flavor is just crazy. Bourbon and oak, dark chocolate, red wine, lots of molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, tobacco, and anise all noticeable. So much going on here. A little sweet with a very mild tart note that Iím assuming came from the wine barrels. This is intense and very complex.
Full body with low carbonation. A little boozy and syrupy.
Overall, this is great, but itís hard to drink a lot of it. This one will really kill you. Make sure you open this with enough people to share it.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks, Jason. I think this was aged about 2 years. Pours thick as dark as night... every bit as oily as one might expect from a nearly 13% beer called "Berserker." Nose of molasses, vanilla, mild wood, and tobacco. Even some mild smoke. I love the earthier qualities of this beer as opposed to the typical chocolate/coffee/roast flavors of many imperial stouts. Quite good.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Sample Date: 4/12/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Bottle at Butters Slutfest. Chocolate with wood roast and molasses and a hint of vanilla. Black with small dark tan head lots of dark fruit then roast then wood then chocolate. Wow. Dry astringent finish with moderate bitterness. Fantastic.