glennmastrange (2588) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of toasted, roasted nuts and coffee, moderate perfume smell for the hops, and light earth for the yeast, with alcohol in the background. Head is brown like the foam on top of chocolate milk, partly a thin film and partly bubbly, has good lacing, is mostly diminishing, and the body coated the glass nicely. Color is so black no light passes through. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic then the finish is lightly sweet and acidic and leaves a long bitter aftertaste like bittersweet chocolate. Palate is medium to full, cramy/syrupy, has a soft carbonation, and finishes moderately astringent and dry. A nice deep mix of overall aromas and flavors makes this an excellent after dinner drink, by itself or with desert. I’d take this over espresso any day.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black color with huge brown head that fades quickly leaving nice amounts of lace. Aroma is dark chocolate, light anise, light caramel and dark fruit. This is one great smelling impy. Taste is dark chocolate, cocoa powder, licorice and caramel. Light carbonated and full bodied. The alcohol is a bit too much, but not over the top. Unfortunately, the beer has a bit too thin of a finish for me. Still, this is good stuff.
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black pour into a snifter. Smell is of rich roast malt, licorice and a hint of fruitiness and alcohol. Nice level of carbonation, a bit creamy and some ripe banana notes in the flavor. Some dry cocoa powder in the finish, and very characteristic of their beers. Some dark chocolate as well. If the alcohol was tamed just a touch, I’d like this quite a bit more, but as is, it is still a pretty nice Imperial Stout.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy sh*t. This one is unreal. Midnight black pour with an equally dark brown head. Full, bubbly, cascading and thick. Let this one warm up. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted oats, and leather. Nearly overwhelming rich taste. Smoke, bacon, toasty oats, chocolate (dark and milk), some cream, butter, and a hint of vanilla. A supremely great beer.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via beerlando. Dark color. Smell of hops, chocolate, malt, rye, alcohol, roasted coffee and caramel. Tastes the same. Nice hop bitterness and very smooth.
alexanderj (3503) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of kleyland. Poured a black color with a slightly light brown. Really nice aroma of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel. Nice complex flavor; you really need to let this one warm up. Dominant flavor is of roasted malt with nice hints of chocolate, fruit, oak/wood, and coffee. Decent hopping. Good brew.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Imperial Stouts are a style that get people’s attention, and high ratings. I would not have counted it as my favorite style, yet 4 of my top-10 beers are Imperial Stouts. They are big and have a proclivity for getting high ratings. Nogne was more complex and less hit-you-in-the-face-with-roastiness than other Imperial Stouts I’ve had. I really enjoyed it, but it did not strike me as superlative among Imperial Stouts, as depicted by this website.
This beer pours a somewhat viscous black with a coffee with cream colored head that settled to a thick tan coating of tiny bubbles. I didn’t get much coffee aroma; instead I got something that reminded me of toasted marshmellow with a bit of caramelized sugar sweetness.
It was very hoppy up front (more so than other imperial stouts), a bit smokey like a smoked porter, and had a rather under-stated roastiness. As it warmed it had a weird bitterness I didn’t especially care for, but still I thought the flavor was quite good.
Mouthfeel wasn’t as thick as the viscosity I observed would’ve predicted, but was appropriate and pleasant.
A very good beer, which is more complex in its range of flavors than other Imperial Stouts I’ve had recently. Despite this, I wouldn’t call it one of the best beers of the style.
RichardGretton (4577) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a strong head. The aroma is lightly malty and the flavour is malty. Overall a reasonable beer.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 Pint .9 fl oz bottle Poured into a snifter with the darkest oily black colour I have ever seen and a large creamy brown head. Nose of dark fruits appear initially before cocoa and alcohol slide in. Coffee seems to be a mild backbone to the nose. Initial taste is a lucious creamy roasted chocolate that seems to be melting and taking over your mouth. Dark fruits are mild. Finishing with a warming palate and a great duration. The finish of dark chocolate overlayed by bitter hops.Roasted malts make an appearance from the start to finish. Sticky mouthfeel and lips. Slight lacing of the Creaminess and coffee also are apparent.. Body is medium to full. Lacing of the glass and head retention are slight. This imperial is smooth and very drinkable.
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1P .9Fl OZ Bottle. Pours dark chocolate brown, with a chocolate colored head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramal, hops and a touch of coffee. Do you hear that? "Drink Me!" So with this I oblige. The first sip. Delectable. An intricate blend of crystal malts, chocolate, hops, and traces of barley with a hint of alcohol that comes through. The felling is sultry, smooth, silky, not medium, but not thick. The finish, is oh so brilliant. A crisp hop bitterness, along with chocolate to sweeten the deal on the close. Perfect for this cool night in Wisconsin. The warmth from the alcohol is flowing through me as I drink leaving a warm glow. Definitely will be trying this again.