CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Bottle sampled on 8/29/07 from recent import into the US: Pours a very dark opaque with a nice, large, frothy, full-lacing brown head. Nice aroma of sweet dark fruits and chocolate caramel with a touch of smoke and roasted coffee. Body is still a little thin for an imperial stout, but has good caramel sweetness and dark fruity complexity. A pretty drinkable and fairly well-balanced brew.
Bottle sampled on 8/5/06, thanks to sk8viking: Pours an opaque black with a frothy dark tan, nicely-lacing head. Aroma has a grainy, earthy dark maltiness and chocolate notes. Body starts with a mild sweetness and some dark fruity notes with a touch of American hops and a thinner, bittersweet roasty finish. A little too thin for an imperial stout.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from Bier Circus.
Totally black, totally opaque with a milky coffee coloured head that settles to an almost impenetrable thin film. Nose: Dark chocolate malts, brown sugar, marzipan, slight notes of berries, strawberry milk, hazelnut genevers and coffee. Complex? I should bloody think so. Rubbery, inky and oily. Plenty of stout character. Loads of liquorice, lashings of creamy alcohol, yeast and malt. Alcohol is very slightly too dominant. Slight pepper and more alcohol in the bitter finish. Amazing palate and length. Great stuff.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this beer is pitch black. Perhaps, the darkest beer that I have ever encountered. The nose is slightly hoppy, with a touch of lavender. The palate is obviously full, but not sweet. Amazingly, the beer is relatively dry, which is a quality that I find agreeable. The oatmeal lends a creamy texture while the roasted barley gives this brew a nice acidic/coffee edge. Overall, a well made Imperial Stout that is very complex and satisfying.
Sammy (9057) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
found and delivered by Papsoe. A 500 ml. with very thick body and head, dark brown. Straightforward quality RIS, some chocolate and coffee, roast, but not too much of anything. Roast and anise aroma. Bittersweet chocolate mostly. A bit acidic in mouth like having unsweetened hot cocoa. Very nice.
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 (big thanks to mcbackus for the hookup on this)black body with a small dark brown head that fades fast.very nice aroma of cocoa,smoke,coffee,and burnt malts.flavor was much of the same with a bit of a hoppy finish.pretty solid stuff i must say.
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thick black pour, big fluffy foamey head. Long legs on this one, alot of lacing, just a great looking beer. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, and baked bread. First taste - very lite, bitter, sweet, and a little watery. Oddly hoppy, short bite and very dry. Odd coffee taste that really doesn’t seem to belong. Had a "cocoa" feel to it. Sticky mouthfeel that finished sweet. Did have a nice roastiness to it near the end.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes much like Walt’s nutsack, but with a Norwegian twist. For those of you infamiliar with this reference it does have much in common with a finer imperial stout as I was very happy to find. Lushious, rich, full roasty and need I say nutty? Very smooth. Difficulty in determining appearance by streetlight as tasting was at Walt’s trunk show/impromptu tasting in parking lot. That did nothing to take away from an excellent beer. merci, mon petit
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, hops, and caramel.
Great stuff. Thanks to mcbackus for this bottle.
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very nice surprice. tks to my brother Chris. This pours almost black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfeel. alcohol is well disguised. very good.
hopscotch (9736) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... O-Town Throwdown... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Chocolate, caramel nose with a hint of cola. Deeply roasted, dark chocolate flavor. Good balance of sweet chocolate malts, tannins and hop bitterness. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Lengthy, roasty, dry finish. A big SHOUT goes out to boboski for supplying the bottle!