theisti (3211) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 Bottle, at csbosox KC tasting 4/14. Pour is all black with thin khaki head. Aroma is roast coffee. Taste is big roast espresso. Finish is roasty and hoppy. This was tasty, though the heavy roast flavor covered up any complexity it may have had.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque, incredibly black with an incredibly thick and sustaining, dark brown head. Dark fruit in the aroma with burnt undertones, milk and lots of sweetness with just an afterthought of crushed coffee beans. Flavor is unique as imperial stouts go. There is burnt fruit (which I personally require for the unflavored style) with some smoke but also an odd tropical sweetness from the American hops that I do not believe works together and also some roast. The body is also a little lean for my taste.
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out dark and oily with a nice creamy dark colored head. As it warms up, lots of coffee in the nose as well as roasted barley. Wonderfully smooth drink with some nice hops in the flavor. Drinking this on a hot day, but i think this would be a wonderful beer to have on a cold, overcast day (not that we get a whole lot of those down here in Florida).
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
creamy/thick foamy dark tan/burnt sienna head, body is pretty black. aroma is roasted chocolate malt, some vanilla, but a little grainy sour, some faint tobacco. body starts creamy but gets fizzy very quickly. flavor is dry roasted malt that carries faint chocolate, and bitter like acidic coffee. high IBUs for an impy stout. not just hops but the english yeast also keeps it bitter.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Whaleman for the bottle. Pours opaque with a deep brown head that dissipates quickly to a fine lacing. The aroma is of anise, vanilla, nutmeg, huge chocolate and deep dark caramel. The body is very full. Lovely silk caresses the tongue. Not too many bodies I like better than this. ;-)
The flavors are oh soo smooth. Lots of caramel and cocoa, but only a light burnt character. The hops are non-existent in the flavor and come out only lightly with the burnt grains in the finish. A very fine beer indeed.
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good imperial, poured typical jet black with a dark tan head. Head was not as much as others. The nose was strong of coffee, licorice and alcohol. Taste was that of licorice and a almost creamy finish.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dense opaque black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is rich with chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Each sip is full-bodied with roasted and chocolate malt, dark fruit, licorice, and a slight tang.
Ughsmash (7122) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to sk8viking for the bottle, BB 6/27/2010. Poured a very deep brown with a great initial beige cap… dusting and a ring after a minute or so. Aroma picked up coffee and dark chocolatey notes.. moderate to heavy roast on it.. honey and sweet earth emerge with warmth.. quite intriguing. Flavor was of heavy dark malts, first and foremost (dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of licorice)… coffee and earthy bitterness, mild sour coffee too. A bit beyond medium-bodied.. sweet, sour, and roasty at times.. good beer with some interesting characteristics.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Very dark brown approaching black with absolutely no head. Rich dark chocolate and burnt grains in the nose, silky and creamy thick textured, with dominant charred chocolate malts showing up on the tongue. A fine imperial stout, but not ideal.
iradog (32) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark jet black color with a nice brown head. The smeel has a unique friuty way about it The taste is not to sweeet with a little hops and a hint of beer. Overall it was a well balanced