estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black body, good-sized dark tan head, roasty nose. Excellent espresso flavors with sweet dark chocolate and some hints of hoppy bitterness. Nice.
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a nice mocha head that dissapates. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, baileys irish cream. Very clean and bright.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a virtually black center. Small dark khaki head quickly gives way to a patchy, thin film. A minimal, sudsy microfilm of lacing clings to the glass. Aroma is nice, with melted dark chocolate, coffee liquor, vanilla, and a little oak. Alcohol is quite detectable on the nose, though not at all offensive. The flavor starts out with big-time rich, creamy, decadent mocha up front. Its almost like a nice Irish Coffee, but less boozy. Smoothing vanilla and oatmeal add to the velvety taste and texture. The beer finishes with moderately bitter coffee and cream, with a nice herbal hoppy kick. The mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Medium-full body that is immeasurably smooth and easy to drink. Awesome beer!
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to maniac for this one. Decided that after the horrifying Ace Perry that I needed to totally reset my palate. This did the trick nicely. Pours motor oil black, thick dark tan head. Aroma is fantastic, a blend of deep chocolate, a bit of coffee, and that pepsin thing I like. Flavor was dark chocolate, faint coffee, faint raisin, with a fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Flavor lingered nicely as well. Great beer.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a small head. Strong chocolate, molasses and a touch of bitter hops. Notes of vanilla. Very smooth and pleasing mouthfeel and palate. Fine example of Scandinavian craftsmanship! Thanks for sharing Jordo!
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 bottle. jet black out of the bottle. pours a nice thick black with a 1/4" brown/tan head which is reduced to a thin lacing around the glass. aromas of chocolate, coffee and hops. very smooth on the palate with a full body and minimal carbonation. sweet on the back of the mouth with a nice rich malt finish. very enjoyable.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Engine oil black with brownish head, nice lacing. The aroma is roasted to say the least, but there is also a balancing sweetness and a drying hops presence. The taste itself is quite toasted, with touches of dusty vanilla, espresso, nuts, oats, subtle fig and toffe qualities and quiet piney hops. A very well balanced stout and quite tasty too.
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dang, this is worth any bit of hype it has received. Take note, this is definitive of a great imperial stout. Poured dark black-brown, slightly viscous. Opaque in the glass with a full clinging meringue of a brown head. Aroma rich in roasted malts, chocolate, tar, roasted nuts, burnt bread. Flavor begins with a mild roasted sweetness, blossoming into a full silky mouthfeel all aswirl wth dark chocolate, oats, espresso, roasted nuts and a salty mineral quality. Finishing with a semi-dry full roasted malt finish. Alcohol becomes present only in the chest. Palate coating finish leaves mildly astringent roast all over the mouth. Its one of the best combinations of complexity, depth, richness and drinkability I’ve yet found in an imperial.
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Absolutely black colour with the most beautifull thick brown head that virtually last for ever. Powerfull aroma of burnt malt, liqorice, espresso coffee and spices. Slightly sweet malt, and english liqorice in the flavor. Runs pretty creamy on the palate. The finish last like the aroma for minutes. Extremly well made imperial stout - havent ever had better (so far)!
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely opaque body, with a red-hued brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, liqourice, dark fruits, hops, chocolate, all in balance. The flavor is succelent and sweet at first, then dries out, finishing with a long lasting bitterness from both the roastedness of the malt, and the assertive hops. Thick, dense on the palate, with little CO2. Wicked..