Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brownish black with a light brown head. Nose: dark fruits, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Taste; espresso, bitter chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol.
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Wowsers! I am sure this is a good beer in terms of absolute standards (purety, ingredients, and whatever else...), so you can’t call it swill, especially at $10.00 for 4 of them.
Aroma was promising. Heavy malt/coffee/chocolate with hints of peaches/pears.
First taste was a surprise. I thought I had a shot of rum. It was only then I realized that the alcohol content was 9%.
Taste was like rum and coffee to me, and much to the chagrin of some I am sure, and to me, I poured about half of it out.
My suggestion is that you don’t buy this, but try it with someone who can walk you through what it is and what you should look for. Too much of a shock for me. The other 3 will go in the fridge to impress some unsuspecting goober (like me) at some point.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black black color with dark tan mostly lasting creamy head. Great chocolatey and smoky coffee aroma and flavor. Two work well together.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with a small amount of tanish head. Aroma is roasty coffee and alcohol. Flavor is very roasty, coffeish, but it masks the alcohol nicely. Very smooth considering the ABV. Finish is nice and warming. Very good beer.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is a huge and brutal stout. Gorgeous thick black pour with a dark tan head. Tastes like fruit, roasted malt, and coffee. Pretty high carbonation for the style. Alcohol is definitely noticable in the finish. A bit less subtle than, say, Victory Storm King (my favorite Imperial), but any fan of huge beers would do well to try this one.
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - MAR 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 aromatic and coffee like. the body is very malty, balanced w/ some hop bitterness.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark opaque black pour, with a small tan head. coffee, anise, alcohol are detectable in the aroma. good roasty, coffee flavor, a little sweet, but a lasting roasty/bitter finish. pretty good thick mouthfeel, and the alcohol isnt terribly noticable. a good imperial, and probably the best bargain imperial stout i’ve had at 1.65 a 12 oz.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 Great black oil pour with an aroma of too strong coffee underneath a dark tan head. Exceptionally complex. Notes of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, a bit of hop bitterness followed by a good alcohol warming. This is a great beer. My only complaint, which is standard fare for most imperials, is that the higher alcohol thins out the texture more than I would like.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. a very dark great looking pour with a smallish tan head. rich and full mouthfeel with strong coffee flavors. the coffee overpowers everything in this stout. I enjoyed it but its not one I could drink very often.
Louipa (121) - USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Alcohol, chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors in this thick but not too thick brew. Small head. Tasty. I like it. I like the 9% abv too. Will buy again.