WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, 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 (3203) - 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 (1974) - 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 (420) - 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.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2009 In short: A world-class imperial stout that doesn’t focus on any specific flavour. Just a well round-up.
How: Bottle 500ml. Many batches. Always taste the same.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Roasted and chocolaty nose. Taste is not overly complex or original but the beer is filling and very effective. Medium-thick body full of dark roasted malts, black chocolate and some backed dark fruits. Sweetness level feels fairly low given the genre & abv. Body is very creamy. No alcohol presence at all. Given the expiration date (2012!!!) I will probably let a bottle or two age and see if it can develop more complexity. Kick ass brew, not far from a Nøgne 5.Ø Imperial Stout.
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this beer pours dark black with a dark golden head, much like a cup of espresso. the aroma smells like molasses, bitter chcolate and coffee. and is followed by tastes of whiskey and smoke. the palate is thich and chalky and remains for a while like a slow syrup. the thick dominating flavors are really well balanced and provide a great experience.
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.5L bottle poured dark dark black with nice brown head. The aroma remained somewhat light and starts with a note of alcohol. Then the burnt maltiness takes over with an undercurrent of sweet molasses like malts. The taste begins with carbonation enhanced burnt malts and coffee. The flavor then becomes increasingly more chocolate like. At first it seems somewhat milk chocolate but then quickly becomes velvety rich dark chocolate. I taste nothing that hints at this brew’s ABV. In the after taste the burnt malts return to join the rich smooth chocolate for a pleasing sensation. Very nice stout.
theisti (3416) - 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.