xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from west lakeview liqours in Chicago. Black opaque color with med dark brown head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with mild chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is very smoky, sweet roasted malt, mild hops, cookie, some alc. Full and creamy. Very well done. Deep and like a thunderstorm, with a flash beauty in looks and an equally assaulting aroma and flavor crash of thunder. In other words I like it.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense aroma of anise, chocolate, and roasty coffee. Taste is very chocolate with some bitterness. A big tasting beer.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/30/07 From bottle at the Seattle International Beerfest. Aroma is roast malt forward with caramel and light notes of dark fruit. Appearance is very dark brown with a good brown head. Flavor is roasty with lots of dried fruit, but very easy drinking for being so complicated. Mouthfeel is medium-high bodied with some warmth. Ovearall, very well made and relatively easy drinking, but not quite as complicated as it could have been.
nimbleprop (5468) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another scary beer out of Grimstad. Pours thick black with a clumpy off white head. All the Nogne0 beers have a musty, murky thing going on with their aromas, roasted malts and coffee in the aroma as well. The flavor and finish were a real surprise given what you know about the brewer and Imperial Stouts in general. Soft and drinkable, chocolate and dark cherries in the flavor. Amazingly subtle for an imperial stout, and much more drinkable that most.
PorterPounder (5928) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Savannah. Ga. - Habersham Beverages - 500 ml bottle. Dark black - motor oil-like pour with a sticky, mocha colored head. Licorice, anise in the aroma. Flavor finds some marshmallows, black coffee, baker’s chocolate, excellent roastiness. Syrupy thick, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent Imperial Stout. Lacks the soy sauce flavor some of these tend to get.
saxo (14428) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge beige head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are powerful with lots of roast malt, bitter chocolate and some coffee. Long finish.
vyvvy (4499) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I guess I’m the one guy that wasn’t blown away by this beer, so it goes. Pours very very dark, close to jet black, with a beautiful dark tight brown head - simply gorgeous pour. The aroma is odd - there are sharp berries, green olives and dark malt. Medium / full body with a good amount of sharp carbonation. The taste is better than the aroma. It starts out with lightly roasted malt, green olive sourness and a healthy hop presence that’s woody and spicy. The finish has a solid woody hop presence, darker malt and some sour qualities. When the beer gets around room temp the sour olive trait almost goes away and the malt tastes more roasted. This was good, but nowhere near what I was expecting. Hopefully I’ll try another and be won overly like most others. A hearty cheers goes out to Hopscotch for sending this highly cherished beer my way.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Bottle. Pours dark black, with a nice brown head that reminds me of a chocolate chip cookie. Aroma is sweet chocolate, oakiness, smoke, and hops. Flavor is rather sweet, with strong coffee notes complimenting the chocolate, and a bit of smoke before the warm, lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full, but not ridiculously so. The aftertaste is lingering smoke, bitterness, and hops.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Bottle, GBBF. Black. Small but pretty tan head, a bit of lace. Profound chocolate aroma, a hint of smoke and apricots. Flavor is coffee, smokey, leather. Something port-like about it, but dryer, cleaner--less old man. At one a beer that feels very fresh and perfectly aged.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a middle brown head. Aroma is heavy on the roast with some espresso and licorice. Just a classic IS aroma. Deep coffee and espresso flavor, dark chocolate and a lactose-like creaminess. Bitter and roasty finish, which is balanced by the malt, though this beer is largely un-sweet. Dry and earthy hop flavor lingers. Impeccably well done, but there’s nothing about this stout that really stands out. Thick enough for the style, but drinkable too. Somewhat high carbonated.