MadIndian (2373) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Sampled with Stegosaurus and Dennis Bell. Black pour with tan head. Roasted malt and slight fruit aroma. An odd smokey finish made this beer really unique. I enjoyed this.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a nice tan head that lasts. Aroma is dark choc, coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is on the bitter side, with lots of roastiness, chocolate. Very balanced flavors. Very drinkable. the alcohol is well disguised. Highly recommended.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with NachlamSie on a chilly late winter eve. Pours quite opaque black with some amber edges when held to direct light, and a thin, but long lasting, tan head. The aroma is hops (moreso than I was expecting), some coffee, and hints of oatmeal and molasses, maybe some nuttiness. The flavor is hops up front, of the very distinctively American Pacific Northwest variety (hey, it even says they use Columbus). Then come some tannic woody notes, leafy tobacco, and coffee. Just as a hint of alcohol starts to come in, an ashy, earthy taste puts it to rest toward the dry finish. It leaves a pleasant smooth bitterness in the aftertaste. Not as sweet as the average imperial stout, but in a well-done way. I could stand a little less carbonation, but that’s my only real complaint. Tasty brew.
NachlamSie (2755) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split with Tronraner outside in what could be the last freezing night of the season. Solid black opaque pour with a small tan head. The first thing that jumps out at me in the aroma is hops. It’s not a strong, defined blast of hops like an IPA or anything, but a very high pleasant piny presence for the style. Notes of pipe smoke, ashes, latin American coffee, hickory, just a small suggestion of chocolate. Nothing really sweet stands out in the nose. The flavor is more the same, plenty of ashy, roasty notes with an assertive oatiness and bourbon flavor. The level of sweetness is low for an imperial stout, and is reminiscent of a less sweet IIPA. It works very, very well here. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, and it makes the mouth seem a bit airier than I was expecting, but I think it works quite well with the hop presence. Finish = dry. This is damned good brew.
Zeswaft (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to sersdf for this. slight coffee and alcohol aroma. nice tight brown head. uber-thick and sticky. Flavor is dominated by this weird chalky bitterness that you adjust to. somewhat reminds me of the dark lord i had last night on cask in that it’s kind of apple saucy.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
looks like the olfabrikken porter. dark brown small bubbled head. smells a bit alcoholic, really smoky and not too appetizing. zeswaft mentioned it being really chalky and i agree completely. the body is perfect, but i don’t like the flavor much. ended up with a pretty high rating despite me not really liking it. bitterness dominates.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse brune épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de malt torréfié et de minéraux. Saveurs de caramel, de cacao, d’alcool, de malt torréfié et de houblon amérisant résineux.
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. THis is the 3rd Nogne beer I’ve quaffed, and they have all been outstanding, and all bottle conditioned. The pour here is jet black with a 1-finger brown head. Aroma of huge roasty dark patent malt, chocoff, molasses, and slight figgy fruit. Tastes roasty malty, very complex, with heavy finishing hops, plus intermediate molasses, rich chocolate syrup, cocoa, and roasty malt. This one is outstanding!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color with a moderately thick tan head. Powdered cocoa and coffee aromas, some mild floral hop aromas in the background. Medium-bodied, carbonation stays out of the way. Bittersweet on the palate, with a clean chocolately roast finish. Neither the chocolate nor the hops really come out and grab you, but the brew is balanced, and the 9% is well hidden. Very well done.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 5   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 2   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 5
Yeast : 2   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : 2   Olives : 1   DMS : XX
Malt : 5   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 4   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : 3   Cereals : XX   Coffee : 4   Dark Chocolate : 5   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : XX   Cherries : XX
Hops : 3   Noble(1)->American(5) : 3   Leafy : XX   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 2 Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 2
Notes :   Earth : 2   Wood : XX   Mint : XX   Smoke : XX   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 3   Length : 3
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : 3   Sharp : 3   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 2   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: The darkest pour with the darkest head. Unadulterated dark malts flavours with no acidity nor astringence to speak of. Spot on imperial stout.