drpimento (2863) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well. This is a crazy assed beer. Cork had the slightest (almost thought I’d imagined it) burp. Poured with a tan soap bubble head and no lace. Aroma is VERY roasty malty molasses volatile with hints of cocoa & coffee. Flavor is like aroma but brings out a lot more of everything. Including the alcohol. Although it does disappear quickly in the finish. Body so lush and was at first thought undercarbonated, but upon reconsideration really good for this beer. Of course not a session.
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black, with a small tan head. On the nose is chocolate, molasses, caramel, spice and alcohol. Flavours are caramel, chocolate, sweet toffee and more alcohol! Kicks like a mule. Very well balanced bitterness, the challenging part of this beer is the alcohol. Would most likely age very well and become even more rounded.
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 2/20/2010. This Imperial Stouts pours an eclipse black color from a 375ml bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, touch of vanilla and dark fruit. Nice balance. A whole lot of alcohol, it really could use some bottle aging, but even young a nicely balanced beer. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a fairly noticeable alcohol bite.
Finn (6011) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 0,375l fra juletilbudet hos Alko Arkadia 2009. Kullsvart på farge. Høyt luftig brunt mokkafarget skum som varer lenge og fester seg til glasset. Aromaen er innholdsrik og kraftig: Sjokolade, kaffe, svisker m.m. Smaken slår deg nesten ut: Mye av det samme innhold som i aromaen, men alkoholen anes som en underliggende bærebjelke. Det kommer også til flere smaksnyanser: Plommer og bær. Blir syrlig og bitter etterhvert. KI=7
IrishBoy (4062) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375 ml bottle from Perry’s Liquors. Dark syrupy black with a few cinnamon tan bubbles when poured down the side in my regular fashion. Nose of dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is ALCOHOL, chocolate, smoke; super boozy with a hint of soy like a heavy BW (remember SA Triple Bock).
r464 (2250) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark as a hedge-fund-manager’s soul. Nearly no head. Coffee and chocolate flavors with hints of smokiness. Sweet and strong.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle bonused by the great gabe (GMCC2181). poured an iodine color with not much head to speak of and i do know how to pour a beer. aroma was intense with lots of dark roasts, caramel, grains, fudge, brownies, and once it starts to warm some fusel starts to appear. flavor was just as wonderful as the nose with the addition of a little bit of pine and coffee on the back end. body was heavy and thick with no carbonation. wow this was one great impy stout and i MUST have another!!
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2011 Tab @ Plan B
Pours pitch black with a big, brown head. Very beatiful beer.
The nose is very roasty and has a lot of coffee and chocolate and you get a bit of sweetness, liquorice as well. The taste is very, very sweet and has coffee, chocolate and toffey. It really is a wall of taste, everything turned up many levels from a normal imp. The alcohol os also very apparent in the over all taste, but it is far too sweet for me.
Great carbonation level, large body, long aftertaste.
While working at the Mikkeller stand at CBF 2011 I fell in love with the 07 version which was on tap - the last keg in the world, that was. So amazingly balanced, the sweetness help in much better place than recent batches. Not hop forward, not insanely roasted, still very sweet. But the sweetness really nicely integrated in this batch. The age certainly has it’s saying in this matter, but even the 09 didn’t have quite the touch that this one had. Didn’t rate it, so it’s only from the memory, but I would’ve gone 4.1-4.2-ish.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with chocolate brown head. Aroma of heavy booze (red wine), roastedness, dark bitter chocolate, berry and apple fruit. Taste is big boozy and sweet fruitiness that finishes with even bigger roasted bitterness. Taste and aroma get a lot sweeter as beer warms. Big and bad. Oily on tongue.
Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle (?)
Another over the top release from Mikkeller I have been sitting on this for almost two years. It is way too heavy to try to drink alone so with the company of others at a tasting I opened this to close the night. For a beer that is almost 18% it is heavy and cloying but not as soy as I expected. Usually when beers get this big they morph into something else.
Aroma / Appearance - Oily black with huge sheets of lacing that crawl down the sides like sap down a tree. A small chocolate colored head is the darkest thing I have ever seen that is still different than the beer beneath. Chocolate, Cabernet, and other vinous notes hit the sinuses hard. Coupled with the anise, charcoal brickets, and strong coffee flavors this is dense and heavy.
Flavor / Palate - Very rich chocolate fills the mouth. Red wine, peat, smoke, and a strong booziness hit the palate without slowing. Crawling along towards the throat it lingers warmly with an anise aftertaste. Smoky and rich I am glad I had to only drink about four ounces. If I had to drink this alone it would probably take four or five hours simply due to the heaviness.