ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sam sampled near the end of the Carolina gathering. Dark black color with a tan head. Smell is full of chocolate and coffee and a small touch of alcohol. Taste is smooth and rich and full bodied. A very thick stout, surprisingly thick for a 9% abv beer. Interesting, and I would like to get another bottle or two to consume in better conditions.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark roast coffee black with a minimal tan head. Nice coffee, chocolate, roast beef, and a veinous almost vegital character. Nice burnt flavor with hints of salted meats, chocolate, coffee, and a great bitter finish.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very rich roasty stout with a big burnt chocolate character to it. Fruits and hints of char and smoke blend with a rum raisin character. Sadly a lot of alcohol shows in the flavor, which at 9% shouldn’t be so pronounced, kinda gives off a vodka burn flavor in the finish. Hearty beer, not as thick as I was expecting, but poured a nice dark chocolate color with a strong tan head.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liquid Solutions consumed at the tail end of carolina tasting volume one. This beer poured a dark, milky way brown with a small tan head. Aroms of chocolate cake, dark fruits, roasted malt. Flavor is rich, yet refined, in style with deep chocolate and roasted malt goodness. Dont remember the hops. Pretty nice, though I enjoyed Nogne’s Porter more.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Deep, rusty brown body with a fading, oily, dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate fudge, deep caramel, dark rum, whiskey malt, and plummy fruit tones. Abundant dark chocolate, espresso and caramel in the flavor. Pleasant roasty-sweet character with some notable hop bitterness. Creamy texture, but the body is not terribly thick, which is fine by me. An enjoyable sipper.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rippling black silk. Aromas of chocolate graham crackers and oddly, pomegranate. Somewhat alcohol stricken. Powerful lemon note. Tastes of molasses, cacao liqueur and astringent coffee, distant hints of citrus. Complex in a strange way. Palate is overwrought with alcohol and it has an unfavorable acidic tone. Time will tell.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with a thin brown head...the aroma was much more rich and roasty than my nutsack, but there was a musty quality to each...taste was sweet and roasty with more chocolate than anything...sticky sweet chocolate finish...
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Black in color with almost no head. This one smells of deep chocolate. Taste is just as would expect, chocolate, with just a bit of a roastiness peaking through in the background. This is smooth on the palate. Very silky in feel. This is very enjoyable.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Color with Espresso Head. Rich Molasses Notes Hit You Squarely in the Aroma. Very Nice. Rich Malty Chocolate Notes, Light Roasts..Just Enough Soft Hops to Balance This Beer Out. .Medium Mouthfeel...Bittery Dry Aftertaste. Smooth with a Light Warming..Almost Velvety on the Tongue...This Stout is So Smooth. Very Seductive.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Bottle sampled on 8/29/07 from recent import into the US: Pours a very dark opaque with a nice, large, frothy, full-lacing brown head. Nice aroma of sweet dark fruits and chocolate caramel with a touch of smoke and roasted coffee. Body is still a little thin for an imperial stout, but has good caramel sweetness and dark fruity complexity. A pretty drinkable and fairly well-balanced brew.
Bottle sampled on 8/5/06, thanks to sk8viking: Pours an opaque black with a frothy dark tan, nicely-lacing head. Aroma has a grainy, earthy dark maltiness and chocolate notes. Body starts with a mild sweetness and some dark fruity notes with a touch of American hops and a thinner, bittersweet roasty finish. A little too thin for an imperial stout.