CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #3/100 courtesy of Papsoe: This may be the darkest beer I’ve ever had. Pours a completely opaque fairly viscous black with a nicely-lacing light brown head. Full, sweet dark caramel and chocolate malty aroma has some roasty smoky notes with a touch of bready grain and fresh piny hops. Body starts with good viscosity and sweet earthy caramel and dark chocolate with some piny hoppy bitterness. Finishes smooth and bittersweet with a nice lingering dark chocolate flavor. A very nice imperial stout.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 3/100: Poured pitch black with a meidum sized long lasting lacey dark brown head. Big aroma with sweet roasted malt, big milk chocolate, and a mild fruitiness. Mild alcohol notes in the nose. Large malty flavor. Nice amount of roast with a mild tartness. Some dark fruit and chocolate. The flavors and the aromas are large. Full bodied and creamy. Nice warmth without the alcohol taste.
Maria (9909) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 8, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a truly pitch black beer with a small, but dark brown, creamy and lasting head. It’s incredibly complex from start to finish, maybe the most complex beer I ever had? Thank you Mikkel for making it possible for me to enjoy this fantastic beer as my personal rating # 2000 and my # 1000 on RateBeer!!
The aroma gives me chocolate, vanilla, light smoke/tar (in a nice way), coffee and burnt figs. The mouthfeel is completely oily. The flavour reveals something new in each sip, and it takes forever to get through the finish, that is incredibly long and exciting. The dark roasted malt has some nice, bitter notes of chocolate, tar/smoke, licorice, coffee, chalk, a smooth light vanilla sweetness, that kind of lives it’s own life in the turbulent strong notes, and yet seems to tie them nicely together. The finish is sooo looong, several minutes, and I find a nice bitterness, sweetness, ash/chalk and wood. This is amazing stuff - a piece of art in bottle - woow - I would say so much more, but I seem to run out of words describing this beer.... 2000
Suttree (4744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Springslicker (thanks!). Opens with a barely audible hiss, but hey, it’s had a rough journey from Denmark. Black. Very black. Ultra Black. Uber Black. Very thin head. Aroma is tar (in a good way) and tobacco and just a whiff of alcohol. A mildly vegetal character compliments chocolate and coffee - lots of coffee, in fact - and a touch of charcoal (again, in a good way). As it warms, a hint of blackberry emerges. Seems a bit thinner bodied than I’m used to, but not in a detrimental way at all. Also, the characteistic I called vegetal earlier now seems more herbal. Oregano, in fact. Interesting and tasty brew. Thanks again!
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle No. 28/100. Huge thanks to Jeppe (bierkonig) for getting this bottle for me. Shared with the Sydney guys in early January. Dark, black appearance. Plenty of roasted malt in the aroma, nice rich aroma. This is very full-bodied, with a long roasty flavour, with hints of mocha/coffee, chocolate and also some nice citric hoppy notes towards the finish. Quite charcoaly aswell, quite burnt. Beautiful, big, rich, and round mouthfeel, with a flavour which seems to go on forever. Beautiful.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to fordest for sharing this yummy bottle. Coffee chocolate aroma. Got Cream?. Some hops on the finish.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle #43 of 100. Huge thanks to sk8viking for this bottle. wonderful aromas of coffee, chocolate and coffee. Roastiness comes through as well, and so does quite a bit of coffee. Black coffee on the flavor as well. More roastiness. Excellent hop finish. One of the best Impy stouts i have ever had.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Degarth for this one. #80/100. Black. Brown edges. Small brown cap. Nose of whole coffee beans, rich caramellike sweetness, light smoke, bittersweet dark chocolate, dark dried fruits. Flavor adds chocolate mousse or nougat and subtle alcohol in the finish. Chocolate cookie aftertaste. Full body, smooth, viscous, needs just a bit more carbonation. Excellent imperial stout.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): Like all the other raters who were at the Sydney gathering at which this was opened, I was utterly floored by this one. But the praise is justified. Aptly named, the contents of my glass resembled some sort of cosmic black oil that sucked light in, and caused such a gravitational field that any semblance of a head had a very short life indeed. Issuing from this were sublime draughts of roasted grains, caramels, and espresso shots, amid beds of resiny hops. In the mouth the creamy palate delivered intensely concentrated roast flavours, followed by mollasses and a thick barley sweetness. Towards the end an increasingly strong coffee presence emerged that only served to further enchant the tongue and delight the mind. With a complexity bordering on encyclopedic only the poetic muse can truly express the ways in which this utterly joyful beer touches the soul.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 Its funny really, I have stated my favourite style as bohemian pilsner and my current top ten consists of a porter, imperial stout, baltic porter, two abbey tripels, a barley wine, Abt/Quad, sweet stout, belgian strong and a weizen bock. Well, good bye to the Aventinus from my top ten because this one has to be lauded until the universe collapses and we all disappear into the time space continuum. So aptly named because no light could possibly escape this deep dark brooding brew from the country of Aussie Mary. Sensational presentation in the glass with a pleaseing crema that only a god barista could achieve. Nutty nose with a rummy note and mocha presence. The flavour is also a burst on the lucky tastebuds that were treated to the delight of a melange of flavours which all point to a delightful imperial stout, and quite truly reflect the brewer’s hand in his use of vanilla, molasses and coffee. The abv is noted but not in an assertive way as the balance of all the complex flavours and the strength of the brew combine with serendipity. Duff, many many thanks for bringing this along, I hope this is not to be one of those once tried and never repeated flights of brewer fancy. Comment, finally, needs also to be made in respect of the bottle. It captures the essence of the beer simply and beautifully.