matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
New to Florida… bought at Kingdom Liquors.
Pours a completely opaque black tar body, very resilient dark khaki head.
The aroma is dry, roasty, and ashy; smells of cold espresso and baker’s chocolate. I get a tart beginning, figgy, a load of dark fruit, dates, and raisins; all followed by a bittersweet coffee and sour orange zest likeness. Some careful character of sour cherries, vanilla and coco bring complexity. The palate is a blend of silky, oily, and sticky… finish is very dry with a lingering bitter hop presence.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 My Bottom Line:
This intricate Imperial Stout presents firm dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla sweetness on which green hops and roasty lengths are painted. Flavorful throughout, without any weak spots, it will deeply satisfy those Stout lovers who prefer not to be blinded by intensity.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A mighty delicious cloud of foam slowly sinks into the opaque blackness.
-Coffee emanates from the chocolate sweetness.
-Medium carbonation serves the wealthy mouthfeel more than adequately.
-A raisiny outcrop renders further complexity.
-Aged 2.5 years, it retains its gorgeous curves and most of its malt flavors and complexity while being reduced in its bittering capacities. Still world-class throughout.
-Light alcohol warmth actually adds depth.
raphael (876) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
can’t get blacker than this; the foam is much darker than most beers, smell of charcoal, caramel, hint of sulfur. slick & weighty in the mouth. well roasted taste, chocolate, brown sugar, toasted wheat. harsh finish.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle: pours pure black with large brown fluffy head. aroma of sweet chocolate and roastedness slight licorice scent also. flavour is of roasted chocolate milkshake. very smooth and chocolatey. perfectly balanced bitter sweet finish. no alcohol taste. a velvety smooth imperial stout.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got some milk chocolate in the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Lots of coffee and chocolate in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a sweet chocolate finish.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Bottle. Taste like band-Aids for the first couple of minutes. This beer then takes on a hoppy, burnt toast flavor. Black in color with tan head. Strong roasted hoppy nose. Flavor was kind of weird. Lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle .Nothing special here.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Mgumby10 for sharing out of his private stock. Oilly darkness. Lots of burnt coffee and chocolate. Some creaminess but seemed a bit young and rough around the edges. I’ll be looking forward to re-visiting this one in a few months.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oily black with a very light brown head. I got a very rich caramel and almost a chocolate cream smell. Taste is somewhat creamy as well. Also, slightly bitter with very light chocolate and roasted malts. Its more hoppy up front and and then turns into chocolate towards the finish. Very nicely balanced. The flavors compliment each other well.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a syrupy black with very little head. Aroma of roasted malt and a touch of port. Taste is a little harsh at first but fades into a wonderfull roasted malt and chocolate aftertaste. Light hop bitterness. Very thick mouthfeel. A very slow drinking beer.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, medium tan head with a few large bubbles. Nose is rich chocolate malt, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, bitter fruits. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, dark chocolate covered cherries, vanilla. Wonderfully done light burnt touch. Bitter chocolate milk finish.