morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So far, this is the best stout Iíve tried. Super, super smooth. Chocolate accents and very well balanced. Had no idea it was 9%
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
There are so many different ways to taste this complex brew I donít know where to start. It had a darkish-red pour like motor oil but not as dark as the Dark Lord. The aroma was one of slightly sweet spices and the taste was a bit bourbonesque with bitter notes wrapped in between. There was a sweetness in the finish. This is one of those beers I drink slowly to appreciate all of the points and its heaviness doesnít make it the most drinkable beer. Its definately one of the most interesting beers out there.
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Near perfection. Completely pleasing in all respects. This is what a high quality beers should aspire to.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near opaque with a monstrous tan head that dissipates into creamy mounds of foam. Nice aroma with notes of caramel and chocolate. Some roastiness and a subtle underbelly of raisens. A very slight tinge of alcohol as well. Nice rounded body that moves from sweet chocolate to espresso smoothly and cleanly. Medium thickness and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. A truly great stout. But wait, this is supposed to be an Imperial Stout right? Other Impys Iíve had duelve much deeper and break the usual chocolate/roasty pattern with complexity and levels. While this is a beautiful stout, only the ABV takes it to the Impy level for me.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a frothy tan and orange head. Smells are similar to that of other imp stouts I have had. Coffee, chocolate, and an alcohol sweetness. A lot of coffee in the body with a bit of hop bitterness toward the finish. Dry finish, hides the alcohol very well.
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich nose with almost confectionary and fruity (Red Skin?) notes. Much more serious in the mouth, built in a dry style. Has a great body of flavour with good use of malts. Finishes quite dry and sharp. Expected a touch more complexity as IMHO doesnít really hit top speed. Very good though.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 Bottle. Pours dark ruby with amber brown head. Smells of chocolate with mild roast. Tastes of chocolate malt with a slight hop finish. Very creamy and delicious. Excellent beer!
blueshockey24 (2) - Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2005 does not count
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish Brown Head, Chocolate Malt Smell. Full Bodied Creamy Chocolate ttaste with chocolate / hoppy aftertaste.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, motor oil like pour with a red tinted head. Aromas are strong: lots of chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, and hops. Very intense, complex flavors. Rich and silky, with coffee like roastiness, chocolate, smoke and bitter hops. Long, long finish. A truely fine example of the style.
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this stuff is extremely complex, very dark and very heavy beer, maybe even more heavy than a guinness extra stout very coffee like. rough to drink more than one of this beer. amazing bottle to collect though