Beaver (1395) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.
The aroma is burnt roasted chocolate malts, grains, anise and some alcohol.
The flavor is some lactic chocolate followed by anise and a big sticky burnt bitterness with a little residual sweetness. As it warms, some coffee notes come out. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slightly watery.
Overall, this is a decent big impy stout. It’s a little too much on the charred side for me.
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Bottle. Ratebeer Christmas in Oshawa, December 2007. Black body with a nice khaki head (4+). Roast aroma with smokey undertones, and green hops in the background. Muted hints of anise? (7+) In the flavour there is a light acidity to the roast malt, over a sweet malty foundation in the middle. The mild acidity lingers in the finish and aftertaste with chocolate undertones. (7+) Medium palate (3+). Pretty solid. 8/5/7/4/16-17
<P>May 2007. Bottle. Black body with a huge tan head (4+). Acidic roast aroma, light musty damp sawdust notes, light woody touches, lots of burnt malt. Sweet malted milk notes under the acidic roast malt of the flavour. Hints of mocha, dark chocolate and light coffee bitterness in varying degrees. Medium smooth palate. (3+) Solid, but a touch more acidic than I would like for a repeat performance.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 Bottle (500ml). Oh, lord, that’s a fine-looking beer - oily black, red around the edges, huge brown head, very active - lovely. Aroma - oily, burnt roast caramel malt, coffee, chocolate, figs, raisins, sour cherry, lactose - all the good stuff, complex, balanced - yummy. Taste has all the aroma elements in it, is even more roasty and oily - the finish has more bitterness, alcohol and burnt character. Thick, oily, lightly acidic, fairly flat, silky on the tongue - terrific mouthfeel, long but not aggressive finish - truly one of the best-made impies I’ve had in ages, so "together" - outstanding!
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had trouble picking beer 500 given my lineup lately but this one hit a grand slam for me (baseball lingo). What sets this impy apart is the perfect motor oil coloration, the flavor which seems to have a good dose of bitter hops alongside barley and grains, and the aftertaste has this sweet chocolately layer which invites me back to my glass for more sips. There is some faint acidic almost vinegar flavors in here but they seem to accentuate the aroma and add an almost smoky quality to the mix. Alcohol is well hidden. The roasted malts seem roasted just right so they don’t overdo it.
I love this beer! I’ll have to go back to the Oak Tree Buy Rite for more. Or maybe its time to fly to Norway?
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours a dark black with a large dark brown head, good lacing. Aroma of espresso, burnt matls, chocolate and dark fruits. Taste has more hops than expected, but quite pleasing and works well with the flavor profile. Palate is full, smooth and creamy. Very nice all the way through, although none too complex.
pilsnerrogge (2577) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] Colour is black. The pale brown head is firm. Malty aroma with notes of liquorice and tobacco. Thick mouth feel. Sweet with a long hoppy finish.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of moejuck. Another excellent Norweigan brew. This beer has a flavor unlike any other imperila stout. It’s clean and mildly hoppy, but has a fruity character unlike any other imp stout I’ve tried. Very good.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown with a chocolaty brown head of short duration. Good aroma. Flavor is dark chocolate and roasted malt. Rich and sweet with a bittering duration of good length. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Very good.
dmac (4444) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. There are good looking beers and then there is Nogne O. This sucker was darker then oil and had a head that was one of the darkest shades of brown I have ever seen, and the size of that head, HUGE, might as well have been a Belgian. After looking at this one I couldn’t wait to try it and it didn’t let me down. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and with warming some alcohol and even hints of oak. Flavor is excellent with roasted malt, chocolate, slight espresso and the slightest hint of alcohol as it warms. Palate is where this one kicks it up a notch again where it is full bodied yet not overpowering. The right touch of carbonation finishes off this masterpiece. Fantastic beer.
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a long lasting creamy brown head. Aroma is very roasty with some chocolate. Flavor is also very roasty with some smoke and chocolate. Some bitterness at the finish. Body is pretty smooth, thick and creamy.