Ernest (7242) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of alcohol, walnut, dish rag. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Luscious and creamy, if slightly abrasive, in the mouth. Alcohol shows in the finish, but isnít too out of place. A bit too much hops in the nose for my liking, and thereís a musty dish rag like smell going on in there too.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22 oz bottle: $3.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) A very good, but not elite Imperial Stout, itís very drinkable, perhaps too drinkable for a bomber of 10% ABV beer. The fairly sweet, moderately roasty malt is the prevalent flavor up front, the finish shows a strong, dominant, toasty and earthy maltiness, and the moderate bitterness is pretty consistent from start to finish. As alluded to in my opening sentence, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. I think the robustness of the flavor and viscosity of the body (medium-to-full) are about average for Imperial Stouts. The expected dark roasted nose was, in reality, mostly just sweet and malty. The beer is opaque and black in color, but dark ruddy brown along the edges. Sizeable, creamy light tan head during the pour has good retention with some rings of lacing. Definitely something Iíd buy just to have around.
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee in the aroma. Alcohol is barely detectable. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights near the bottom edges of the glass. Very malty up front with lots of chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Light caramel lingers in the background slightly. Roasted coffee finish with moderate hops and no alcohol detectable.
MrDick (363) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hold this glass of motor oil in front of a lamp and no light escapes through itís black heart. Fumes of roasted coffee drift from the darkness. Nice balance of coffee and cocoa. Lingering light plum/cherry flavors. Quite drinkable for an imperial stout. Iíll have to grab a few bottles and store.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large initial head. Black-brown opaque body. Minimal lace. Chocolate malt aroma with a touch of alcohol. Flavor is malty with coffee and cherry tones. Slightly tart. Finishing hops present.
vaportrail (14) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown brew with creamy, carmel colored froth. Aroma of burnt, sweet fruit and hours old coffee. Smooth and robust on oneís palette--a nice combonation. Oily mouthfeel. Flavors of slightly bitter espresso. Expect an oily film to coat your mouth. This beer has so much alcohol, that one would expect to taste it, but you will not likely do so. Cheers!
Ratman197 (12940) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a bottle I bought in 2003 and stored in my cellar.
It pours a rich almost opaque black with a small brown head that dissapates quickly. Chocolate, coffee and some licorice are some of the aromas. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee,roasted malt, and some fruitiness are just some of the flavors in this complex beer.
Alcohol isnt even noticable. This is a good easy sipping beer for a dark and stormy night!
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick and fluffy head with dark brown stout inside the glass. Once held against the light it is no longer opaque and a lot of debris can be seen floating around. Aroma has moderate amount of chocolate and mocha scent but also vanilla can be smelled too. Texture is oily and has a creamy and decent body. Flavor is well balanced between different malts: roasted and toasted. Bits of chocolate pieces, licorice, and a dark fruit of some sort. Slight sweetness left behind when i lick my upper left.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 Pours black like the oil that came out of my long overdue oil change. Seriously, this is completely opaque. I hold this beer up to the sun and it causes a solar eclipse. Aromas of burnt coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and just good in general. Sweet tasting. Nice rich, thick mouthfeel. 10% alcohol? are you serious? I never even noticed it while I was drinking it. Relatively easy drinking for such a hefty brew.
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted mlat, and some coffee. Chocolately flavor. Smooth, bitter palate.