Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Wow. As dark and oily as any beer I’ve ever seen. Lacing throughout. Nice tan head. Bitter dark chocolate and loads of coffee dominate the aroma and flavor of this beer while a soft and smooth mouthfeel makes each sip go down easy. Fain alcohol notes in the end don’t hinder this one at all. What an amazing beer experience this is!
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small brown head that settles slowly into an almost mirror reflection of the label art, neat. Color is black. A wee bit of saggy lace left behind. Nose is rubbery, chocolatey, malty , grainy with notes of berries and alcohol. Body is full, oily on the palate with some alcohol astringency. Fairly common flavors of chocolate, roast and coffee with more alcohol notes as well. Dry, roasty finish. Meh. Alcohol notes seem to be a bit much all around. Obviously the first batch was far superior to this latest one. Oh well, just my luck.
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12.7 oz bottle, caged and corked. Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is grains, chocolate, lactose, tarry leather and a little coffee. As it warms, the leather dominates.
The flavor is chocolate, anise and tar with some bitter harsh alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.
Overall, this one is not very well balanced - too much harsh tarry alcohol, and not enough coffee (I didn’t get any in the flavor). It’s a bit over-priced for me at $10 for 12.7 oz.
bitbucket (2155) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, with many thanks to after4ever and hogfodder - I’m not sure which one of you came up with this bottle! Pours opaque blackish brown with a thin but lacy tan head. Pine and coffee aroma. Medium body and light carbonation. Chocolate, vanilla and fruit taste that gives way to the coffee. Dry espresso finish with a touch of pepper on the exit.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Pours opague black with a small medium brown head. Strong burnt coffee aroma with sweet smoke and some mild citrus. The flavor starts off with the same burnt coffee taste followed by a black pepper flavor that dominates all of the way to the aftertaste. Really didn’t have the complexity that I expected.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Sam’s Blue Light. Looks like black coffee with a tan head. excellent lace. Nose has a lot of coffee, alcohol, some vanilla and some roasted malt and fresh hops.. Flavor begins with a lot of alcohol up front, a little bit of cocoa, coffee, and bitter resinous hops. The alcohol predominance kind of detracts from the mouthfeel and overall enjoyment of this ale for me.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cork and Caged Bottle from Kindom Liquors Brandon. Pours black with a very small tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing. Heavy aroma of roasted malt, coffee, slightly burnt caramel, alcohol, licorice, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is the same as aroma but more prominent. Full slightly oily mouthfeel with a good amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. This may be the best Imperial Stout I have ever had to date.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sadly, not what I expected. Beautiful brown color. Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, but a little too much alcohol. Flavor was decent, but a little bitter and unpleasent.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very viscous used oil like consistency, pitch black, with really no semblance of a head. Lots of chocolate, anise, an odd earthy funky coffee aroma, and a huge dose of alcohol. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a powerful hit of molasses, chocolate, soy, light pepper, very nice alcohol dose, and a great oaky like dryness to the finish. Very nice, and definately will age well.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 [Bottle, thanks Brewfiend] Pours brown with minimal tan head. Aroma is alcohol, black liquorice, pepper and a small amount of chocolate. Taste is pine, roasted malt, a little chocolate and some coffee at the end. Medium mouthfeel. Good, fairly dry finish. Very unusual imperial, especially with the peppery aroma. I’d like to try this again some time as I did not get nearly the same amounts of chocolate or coffee that others have described.
Re-Rate: Very much the same as last time, only a little bit more coffee now. Overall a very unique beer, but just not that good imo--dropping the rating one point.