tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours oil black. Notes of smoke (smoked bacon?), oak and sweet malt on the nose. Wonderfully rich and creamy body. Nicely balanced between sweet malt (dark fruits) and dry hops (coffee/chocolate) on the palate. A truly impressive imperial stout.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This one pours with a pitch black color and a medium brown head. Body is not super thick, but smooth and nice lacing develops. This beer has nice aromas of roasted malts and coffee.
It tastes exceptionally clean, with nice tones of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some dried dark fruit such as figs. Just enough hops to yield a nice balance. Excellent mouthfeel.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours thick and black with a brown head. The beer pours almost flat and looks as though it has minimal carbonation but at the last second the head shoots up to fill the glass. Deep roast malt aromas with a slight smokiness and some grapes and dark fruits. Thick smoky flavor with tons of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Somewhat astringent from what appears to be pretty aggressive hopping. Lingering finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with tan creamy head. The aroma is big, roast, coffee, vinous and molases. The flavor is heavy molases, burnt, figs, roast, chocolate, fairly dry, slight acidity. Medium/full body is soft and smooth.
harrisoni (13737) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chris_O bottlefest 2007. Black colour with tan head. Oily dark roasted impy stout. Even quite spicy. Hazelnutty. Some creamyness. Intense. Choccy, not overly bitter.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber. Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. Pours plack with a large light tan head. The aroma is very faint, with licorice and chocolate. The taste is full of coffee, chocolae, and smokey, with a nice malty edge. I was derinking this with friends and my friend patrick called it smokey smoke smoke. Very good impy on the smoked side.
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black color, with a dark tan-colored head, but falling quickly, and leaving laces, sweet mochaish nose, with a milky dark chocolatey malt accent, with a vanilla spiciness and a mild cocoa aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a smooth velvety vanillaish, roasted malt character, with a sweet liquorice accent, hint of bourbon liquor from his warmth alcoholic mouthfeel, dark coffee note with a flowery hop bitterness, leading towards a smooth roasty espresso coffee, and a warmth alcoholic finish.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A slow reverse-cascade produces a mocha head that leaves a sticky lace above an inky black body with garnet lowlights. Rich aroma of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, smoky Polish sausage (?), roasty malt... very promising until it all gets covered by an alcohol rub-down. Thick & sliky smooth. Chocolaty flavor with enough of a bitter bite to keep it from being too "friendly". Alcohol is more subdued here than in the nose, but I can’t help but thinking something is amiss. Sadly (and strangely), my least favorite of the four beers I’ve tried from this brewer in the past few weeks.
<font size=-4>"Pint" bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, IL 60618</font>
keith0718 (374) - Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This may be my favorite stout of all time. It’s so well balanced--not too sweet, not too hoppy. It’s smooth and has a great mouthfeel--nice and full. And the slightly burnt bitter aftertaste is just perfect--not overbearing--leaves a nice coffee flavor behind.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
British salty licorice is the standout flavor that is bouyed by significant chocolate sweetness. Reminded me of earlier versions of the Storm King (when it used to be good).
I really enjoyed this one.