FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a dense rich frothy brown head when sufficiently roused. The prodigious head sits atop a beer that is black as a moonless midnight. The aroma is rich and inviting with rich notes of coffee, roasted malt, grain husks, port, roasted raisins and figs.
The taste is quite rich as well, I get notes of chocolate, espresso, roasted raisins, and a hint of sherry. It is not as sweet tasting as some examples, though in its hearty thick-bodied palate it does have some sweetness. The preponderance of dark malt serves as a nice foil to the malty sweetness such that it does not dominated this beer. This really has such a smooth creamy mouth feel to it. The finish of this beer is at first sweet, perhaps from some hop flavor, but then moves to a dry subtle astringency that is made up of hop bitterness and dark malt character.
This is a well crafted Imperial Stout, it really strikes a nice balance of malt flavors and bitterness. It definitely leans toward dark malt flavors but it is not so much that there is a lot of overwhelming burnt flavors and astringency. Like the Double IPA it seems to be lacking just a little something and it seems to fade a bit too much over time, but again I am really going to enjoy finishing this bottle off.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the few of its style that doesn’t choose coffee or chocolate - it has elements of both. Flavor is also nutty with almost a milk-like mouthfeel. A little syrupy and sugary - but I’m not complaining.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep brown, some red hues. Neligible head. Chocolate roasted malt dominate the aroma. Some notes of alcohol and wine perhaps. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate notes. Hops linger in the finish.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i loved the choclately/coffee aroma and smooth, sweat, cream taste. this one had everything i love in a good beer... if only it was this easy to find a good man...
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
complex malty and hoppy, this imp stout does it all. pours dark as coal, with a small tan colored head. smells roasty, chocolatey, and like coffee. taste is sweet smooth and creamy, an excellent beer for chocolate. this is one i held on to for a little bit, but i had to drink it. finishes kind of dry, very nice.
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Exceedingly full, complex and malty aroma, roasty and measurably sweet, with notes of semi-sweet chocolate, dark coffee, plum, black cherry, molasses, vanilla, faint smoke, loamy earth and a hint of medicinal alcohol. Fittingly solid ebony color with a fine, slight head. Flavor begins with some roasty grain and cocoa, turning lightly tangy and bittersweet, with a coffeeish, nutty, creamy, lengthy and warming finish. Lingering dark chocolate heaviness. Quite full-bodied, mouthfeel is thick and lightly syrupy. A quality offering.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark redbrown colour.
Malty aroma with tones of nuts, coffee and chocolate. Some acidity.
Malty sweet flavor with coffee and pointy bitterness.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow another winner with the moylans! Dark dark with a medium tan head that is medium lasting. The nose and taste are both chocoallty and just your typical stout feel to it. The taste is roasted but not in a bad way. Check this one out too.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stout, Stout, knock yourself out! Good stuff. Opaque black with nice tan head. Familiar coffee/chocolate stout aroma. Full and rich in the mouth. Flavor of roasted coffee infused with dark chocolate. My kind of drink.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, candied fruits and roasted grains. Flavour is chocolate coffee and currants. Alcohol is very present in the finish.