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 (4958) - 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 (6843) - 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.
charlotte (4579) - rødovre, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black like the Night with creamy dark beige head who stays.Feels light smoked and has Aroma of chocolate and coffee.Oily body and slight bitter finish.
coldbrewky (1492) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Again a gem from Maria. Pours blacker than night with a dense burnt sienna head. mellow whispy oaky nose with hints of alfalfa? Lots of carbonation initially. Settles fast. Shared with my wine loving sister. Just a bit of roasted coffee. Malts are sweet and blend with a swirl of hops in the quick but big body. The 9% is there but not omnipresent. A powerful impy. one more please.
FatPhil (10318) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 500ml bottle. (6:5:8:4:14=3.7)
Jet black, turbid. little head (but poured that way so as to not get too much yeast). Looks sticky. Sweet chocolatey aroma. Wonderfully aromatic in the mouth, the bitterness heads straight up your nose. Rich sweet chocolate malt taste as well as fairly potent dark bitterness make a very well balanced package. Pleasantly coffee-like and hints of ginger too. Mostly covers the 9%.
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Põrgu, Tallinn) (7:5:7:4:13=3.6)
Lovely black, tight thick tan head. Very rich roasty aroma, some esters, some odd menthol hint too. Full and smooth in the mouth, gentle carbonation. Plenty of esters in the retronasals. Richly roasted, burnt toast, some ryebread, and the burnt raisins from the side of the baking tray. Covers 9% quite well, but clearly a potent brew. Finish has a lovely bitter chocolate theme, and lasts for ever. Some of the esters make you think of chocolate orange. Feels a bit unbalanced. I remember it being better. I was underrating in those days maybe?