SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle (tasting hosted by after4ever) - pours black as black can be with no head; aromas a bitter mix of malts, some grain, chocolate and coffee at the end, but not too strong; as with the aromas, the coffee hints are slight but come at the end; alcohol is well hidden; still got a full one thanks to hogfodder!!
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond "industry" gathering, courtesy of maniac, I believe. Black. Aroma and flavor were a dead on match. Bitter roastiness, but I found it to be more malt driven, as I didnít really detect a coffee note. A bit of spruce as well. Good, but perhaps a bit one-dimensional. Perhaps palate fatigue setting in?
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 Iíve 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 donít hinder this one at all. What an amazing beer experience this is!
sloth (2401) - 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 (1225) - 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 didnít get any in the flavor). Itís a bit over-priced for me at $10 for 12.7 oz.
bitbucket (2159) - 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 - Iím 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 didnít have the complexity that I expected.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - 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 Samís 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.