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.
Brix (633) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 2007-08-02. 6 months old, 50cl. Pours black like tar. Thick in appearance with a grey/brown head. Very beautiful. Aroma of grass, hops (not grasshoppers), roasted malt and coffee. There’s a very powerful taste of coffee i the aftertaste. Good!
jrhammonds (29) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a dark cocoa, black ink with a tan creamy head. Aroma consists of a touch of oak and smoke. Overwhelming flavors of bakers chocolate pair well with the sweetness of the crystal malt. The clean Engish ale yeast cuts through mid-way with a lasting bitterness that hangs around for a few minutes.
RolandTower (26) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Used-oil black. Thick brown head that’s slow to form and long-lasting. Smells of smokiness, malt, baker’s chocolate, and hops. Dry, with a lot of smokiness, bitter chocolate, and lingering hoppiness. Alcohol peeks out a bit by the end of the pint. Very thick.
FrankJohansen (3605) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a huge fully lasting brown head. Powerful complex aroma and taste of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. Lasting finish. Why cant i make a stout like this one?
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Penetrable black. Thick and creamy cinnamon-tinged head displays impressive lace. Exceptionally polished aromas of metallic char, ink, black currants, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and citric hops. Lavish mouthfeel: velvety, lush, and naturally conditioned. Very oily. Complexity is apparent right from the get-go as waves upon waves of silken malts are interwoven with gritty char, which stings the palate, and supple notes of fudge cake and black currants. Fudgey malt richness is counterbalanced by tingly char and bittersweet chocolate. Supple resinous core provides impacts the palate with ample weight and is saturated with bitter oils, and beautifully contrasts with the charcoal malts. Crunchy malts are vividly showcased, yet there is an abundance of soft and multilayered maltiness reminiscent of caramel-drenched nuts and whipped honey. Pure notes of milk chocolate also exude brightly. The unfiltered state and adept extraction are solely responsible for the remarkably round, full and deep malt frame. Bitter hop oils contribute just enough acidity to lighten yet complement the enormous malt weight as well as mirroring the acidic char. Alcohol is nary a factor. Finishes bitterly oily and bittersweet with espresso, ashen malts, black chocolate and snappy char. This is some exquisite stuff and, given its dense and refined hop character, I reckon it’lll age like a gem for several years.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Depending on the light. black to very dark brown in color. Somewhat creamy dark tan to mocha colored head. Just a long isle of lace near the top of the original pour. Strong sweet roasted malt aromas. Some salt water taffy scents. Dark chocolate and a light lavender nose as well. Fairly typical, in a old world sense, aroma. Not overly anything. Everything about this one scream textbook imperial stout. Malty, roasty, light bitterness, higher alcohol. No this is not a brow beater it is a quaffable strong stout. Some mild herbal hops and a slight lingering bitterness. that mixes with a very dark chocolate bite. In the front some dates and dark fruit only touch the palate for a moment. This is one of those imperial stouts that is dangerous. I could drink this stuff all night, but really feel it tomorrow. Excellent brew.
Plovmand (6794) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this one was great. Lots of coffee and roasted malt in nose and flavor. Thick as oil and dark as espresso. A need to taste stout.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of mgumby. Pitch black, oily pour with a small tan head. Dark roasted malt, bitter espresso, and fine dark chocolate. Of all the imperial stouts I’ve had this has the most balanced coffee aspects. Big plus for that. A bit thin as I was expecting something a tad fuller based off the pour, but this doesn’t detract from this fine piece of heavenly sustenance. Ridiculously smooth coffee and dark chocolate taste that lingers throughout. Felt like I was sucking on the best chocolate covered espresso bean in existence. About as perfect as you can get.