Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz bottle that I picked up at Market of Choice to share with my old roommate Dave as a host gift for putting us up in Seattle. Pours out black as tar with a thick tan head that lasts. Aroma is heavily of coffee with some chocolate, toffee and some leathery and earthen notes. The flavor is full of coffee, completely in your face. Other flavors include chocolate, a burnt malt flavor and a hint of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is some of the thickest I’ve ever experienced, almost chunky really but is creamy at the same time. Damn good beer, though a little too spendy. Well worth trying once.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick oily dark brown pour. Thick fluffy brown head. Roasted malt with lots of coffee on the nose. Smooth coffee flavor wtih a touch of sweetness. Very fresh and strong flavor. Creamy with berry notes. Strong roasted malt throughout. Alcohol noticeable but doesn’t overpower.
NagaMorich (13) - PAKISTAN - MAY 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Opaque blackwith a nice brown head. Nose of malt, dark fruit and coffee. Malty flavourwith notes of dark coffee, liquorice and bitterchocolate. Oily texture. Indeed full bodied. A great brew.
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with a pocked tan head. Thick clingy lace. Nose is coffee, earth and bittersweet chocolate with a touch of molasses. Smooth, thick and chewy with light carb. Taste is dark chocolate, dark roast and caramel. Bitter coffee bean finish with alcohol.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz bottle. Pours thick black. Oily legs. Foamy dark tan head. Huge in your face coffee nose, hints of chocolate and toffee. Astonishing nose. Flavor is great but one dimensional in its awesomeness. Massive espresso roast up front with some light caramel and chocolate in the middle. Super roasty bitterness finishes. Lingering cappucino notes. Full bodied with soft carbonation but its lacking the heavy mouth of some of the bigger impys. A fantastic beer. Who knew coffee made from civet shit would make such an amazing coffee beer.
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark black with a creamy brown head that fades down with spotty lacing. Lots of roast, coffee, and a earthy burnt wood note. Creamy thick body coffee, molasses, burnt malts, chocolate, are strong and extremely tasty. Some hints of fruit and smoke, but the coffee and chocolate is the show. Long burnt coffee and dark chocolate finish. A nice balance of rich dark chocolates, coffee, and burnt earthy malts. Really well done.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very, very dark brown pour with brown robust head. The nose is coffee, burnt sugar, chocolate, roasted barley, and other charred substances. The flavor is deep dark chocolate, burnt coffee and brown sugar, very roasted barley, nuts, and a touch of smoke. Very creamy texture tends to completely coat the palate, making picking out individual nuances difficult. Very strong alcohol notes as well as a really pronounced astringency that I subtracted points for...but pretty damn nice stuff!
jake65 (2594) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - thanks Eric! A thick finger of creamy brown head atop a near black pour. Aroma is roast, mocha, chocoalte, and coffee. Nice, but not real intense. The flavor is a strong and rich espresso strain laced with chocolate, roast, and light bitters. This is silky, smooth, and rich. I’m not picking up and complexities, nor do I want to. Each sip is consistently rich and delicious. I would drink this all the time if I could afford it... This beer is the shit; time to sit back and enjoy.
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle
Having sat on this for a while I felt like rating #1050 was as good a time as any to crack open a world class imperial stout. At $15.99 I was not going to just pop it open for the heck of it. I was not disappointed; in fact I almost wish I had another bottle. If it weren’t for the huge backlog of Top 200ish beers to sample I’d buy another tomorrow.
Aroma / Appearance - Thick and creamy the oily fluid soaks up every ounce of light. A deep khaki head graced the top like a sheet of thick icing on a dark cupcake. Roasted expresso, licorice, coffee, baker’s chocolate, smoke, and maple syrup kept alternating in a thick cloud that could have been admired for days.
Flavor / Palate - Warming the mouthfeel fills every crevice with a full combination of coffee, rich thick creamy chocolate, anise, and liquid fudge. The plum aftertaste marks the beer that leaves a definite impression on the senses. Also present is a dry smoke like the bottom of a cool fire. Overall this has no flaws and should rank right up there with other excellent imperial stouts such as Dark Lord and Darkness.
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I finally got my hands on a few bottles of this very interesting beer and it just happens to be rating number 1,400. It poured a very glossy black with a small brown head with big bubbles that quickly faded leaving a greasy lacing on the glass. The nose is coffee, ripe fruit, and alcohol. It sort of takes your breath away. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, but very smooth. The flavor is rich malts with some hops and of course that trademark civet droppings for that coffee flavor. The finish is long and bitter and alcoholic. This is a remarkable beer if you like really rich imperial stouts.