DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours thick and oily, a dark brown color, with swirly, dark, single-layer dense bubbles atop. Nose is seriously inviting, has cookie-dough, molasses, and brown sugar notes combining with a sweet, and maybe even so slightly smokey coffee characteristic, resulting in a dessertish, yet with the smokey influence, refined olfactory experience. Flavors again give way to notes of cookie, molasses, and brown sugar with the coffee notes being joined by some fairly sweet chocolate touches, evident yet still only balancing hop bite, warm and only slightly suggestive alcohol undertones, and a finish that emphases the hop bite and the acidic and slightly smokey coffee edge while dropping a little bit of the sweetness. I really like the cookie/brown sugar/slightly smokey coffee characteristics...the hop level may be a bit brash in the finish, but possible not..the alcohol is not hidden per se, but it certainly compliments most of everything else thatís going on..undecided to whether i think its too sweet or not...but Iíll probably know by the end of the bottle.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
$13.99/550ml. Wine Stop. Honolulu,HI. A black beer with a huge expanding head that leaves big spaces between the bubbles as it fades. The aroma is super. A coffee lovers wet dream. Roasted black coffee but also some berries with some dark fruits. I also get the sense that this has lost some coffee aroma in this. The taste had coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, very grainy, roasted, burnt, and the mouthfeel was very creamy. I love coffee beers, but I like them fresh better. I feel like this beer is probably best when fresh as the coffee is more pronounced. Will seek ought the newest batch.
TrueRates (13) - USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a super deep cloudy black color with a rocky, root beer float-like caramel head. The rocky head disspates within a minute or two down to a 1/2 inch. The aromas were so rich and organic. Brilliant velvety oatmeal, dark burn chocolate malt, lovely rich espresso coffee, and a hint of dry hop. The flavor is just outrageous. Dark chocolate covered espresso beans, silky oatmeal, bright dark malt, bitter coffee, all with a great hop bite at then end brings the palate dry and refreshed. Whichever Belgian yeast was used in this beer made it superb and added much complexity. Astonishing how drinkable this beer is for being 10.9%.
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! Poured a viscous deep dark opaque black, with a dark caramel head. Huge oatmeal, chocolate and coffee aroma, phenomenal. Big ole roasted coffee tastes with a dark chocolate backbone. A little hoppy but not overwhelming. You can taste the oats sneaking in there as well. This beer lingers on the tongue for quite sometime. This is an amazing brew. Who would have thought those little weasel turds would make such a good Imperial Coffee Stout!!!!!
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle tasted in summer 2009.
Pours jet black and side by side with Beer Geek Breakfast. What a different beer!
Aroma was thick dark roasted espresso with some vanilla and chocolate.
Flavor was beautiful bitter smooth coffee.
Mouthfeel is where the biggest difference in the beers comes. The weasel is medium bodied with decent carb, but feels so slick on the tongue and goes down so easily.
Overall, this is one of the best coffee beers in the world and, when compared to beer geek breakfast, demonstrates the difference of using quality coffee in brewing.
phaleslu (9427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle compliments of shawnm213- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a near-black opaque brown color with small brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves some light soapy lacing initially but gives up. Aroma of coffee (weasel droppings?), roasted malts, dark chocolate, earthy hops, toasted caramel, dark fruits (berries, pit fruits, dried fruits), brownies, and dirt. Flavor of coffee, caramel malts, roast, tart dark fruits (berries, plums, figs), metallic notes, cocoa beans, brown sugar, molasses, smoked wood, and alcohol. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, tart mouthfeel. Very different for an impy stout. Never had anything quite like this before.
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Been sick for a few days, but finally can breathe enough for rating #800... Bottle Iíve had for a while - from Greenís in Atlanta (I think). Black pour with a big brown head and lots of lace. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, cherries and alcohol. Tastes are intense - dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, earthy hops (in the background), subtle dark fruit and oats. The booze comes through in a nice warming way. Texture is perfect - slick medium with an effervescent tart tingle on the tongue (K came up with that one). Awesome stuff. Iíve tried the regular beer geek and loved it - this has that warmth I dig and more alcohol, so... +1 point.
Listigovers (914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh, WOW. Where do you start with a behemoth like this beer? Pours pure black, with a very dark brown head that seems to melt right into the beer. It smells like the back of a coffee shop, extremely pungent coffee smell. First thing you notice when taking a sip, the palate is wonderful. It is extremely thick and creamy, a step above full bodied. Then the flavours of coffee and chocolate wash over you, a liquid dessert. It finishes very dry, and the coffee taste lingers for ages. Not boozy for ~11%, absolutely phenomenal. Split bomber with a friend and it took us about 40 minutes to drink, itís a big one folks. Perfect scores across the board for a beer that reminded me why I am so enthusiastic about a good beer :)
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, served in a snifter. Pours deep black with a tall, rocky light brown head. Some proteinaceous sludge escaped from the bottle. The carbonation is initially vigorous, but it settles quickly to become quite soft. As it does, the head fades down to a thin cover and eventually to nothing at all. The aroma is big coffee with chocolate, yeast, nuts, burnt malt and smoke. The flavour reflects the aroma: it is moderately sweet throughout with strong bitterness and acidity entering in the latter half. The finish is lingering malt. On the palate, it feels thick and creamy, with a smooth texture. The finish is moderately astringent. Overall, a very nice imperial stout. The aroma is not as complex as it could be but the flavour evolves nicely. Very drinkable: itís hard to believe this is 10.9% ABV. While the sludge was slightly off-putting, the oatmeal makes for a very interesting texture in an imperial stout. Well worth a try (or two). 2010-06-04
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Time to try this one after watching an episode on the Discovery channel talking about coffee made with beans that were eaten, then expelled by the civet. Bottoms up!
Pours a deep, dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dark tan head. The aroma is a deep mixture of coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Wow, that has one strong taste! The initial bite is a slight alcohol flavor followed by the roasted malts and coffee. For 10.9%, the alocohol is actully hidden pretty well. The black coffee taste lingers in the mouth well after you have taken a sip. The mouthfeel is medium/heavy. Not as heavy as I thought it was going to be.
I really am enjoying this beer. The coffee is so center stage and smooth.