puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, solid black with a nice light, creamy, light brown head. Full-bodied palete with an upfront coffee flavor and bitter aftertatse. I didn’t notice the 9% at all (other than 20 minutes later). Very enjoyable.
oh6gdx (22638) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Black opaque with big creamy head. Lacing. Roasted malt in aroma with hints of coffee and toffee. Roast, smoke, toffee and caramel in flavour. Old coffee in aftertaste. Very nice Imperial Stout.
MontyRXR (3) - USA - JUN 3, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with mimimal head. Rich aroma with hints of coffee. Luxouriously smooth. Flavor thick with chocolate and more coffee. Slightly bitter finish adds a bit of a bite without compromising the overall velvety texture. Mmm, very good!
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) I seem to take this excellent Imperial Stout for granted. It’s readily available, but I never seem to buy any, even though I think it’s one of the best in its class. It has a wonderful, up-front, sweet chocolate flavor soon joined by ample amounts of dark, bitter roast which really dominate the finish. The bitterness seems to be the product not only of the strong dark roast, but also of fairly strong hops content as well. Alcohol is readily apparent to me, but far from being overbearing. The nose is mostly sweet, chocolaty and vinous with modest aromas of alcohol and yeast in the background. Full bodied without being heavy or sticky on the palate. Very dark brown in color, appearing black through the center of the glass, but a deep mahogany at the edges. Dark tan head pours to maybe half an inch in height, and soon fades to a patchy sheen. Really good stuff.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best Imperial Ive had. Pours an almost opaque black, with a slight head that dissappears quickly. Typical smoky malt and chocolate aroma. Very pleasing. Nice thick body with roasted chocolate dominating. Aftertaste is somewhat a bitter espresso but pleasing. I could sip on this all day long., and Im not the biggest fan of stouts. Try it out.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Not overly impressive. Somewhat of an off, wet-cardboard aroma with a bit of coffee. The coffee is repeated in the flavor--which is the predominant characteristic. Medium mouth-feel with a nice head, and an array of roasted flavors. Not a bad beer, but just seems a little sloppily put together. Not a really stong hops structure to hold together the other robust flavors. A fine beer but doesn’t stand a chance next to its main competitors.
Zeswaft (1466) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I wanted to try this for the longest time and finally got the chance. Pours beautifully from the tap. Looks a great deal like Guinness. Medium sized off-white head that was very dense. Black as death and not a powerful nose. Some chocolate notes. Flavor is sweet with roasted chocolate notes. Very smooth and lightly carbonated. Surprisingly not as full bodied as I expected. Alcohol was unnoticeable. This is the best Imperial stout I’ve ever had and probably the best beer overall.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noire très foncée et presque opaque aux reflets rougeâtres à l’extrême du spectre. Mousse mi-abondante adhérant pleinement à la paroi du verre. Fudge, chocolat noir, tabac, huile et goudron entrecoupé de grosses pointes de houblon très vert, nous indiquant déjà, à même l’arôme, son potentiel d’amertume tranchante. Cacao fraîchement râpé et chocolat noir amer nous conduisent hâtivement aux grains de café pour brutalement nous abandonner au malt rôti extrême et à l’alcool. L’amertume en finale est d’une intensité bouleversante et ne semble que s’amplifier au coté de l’acidité du malt rôti. Sans doute complexe et procurant un étalement sensationnel tout en semblant trop jeune par l’agressivité des houblons. Corps de densité moyenne, douce effervescence saturée de fines bulles. Légèrement hors proportionner pour l’instant.
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smokey aroma, coffee, chocolate, Completely black and very thick out of the bottle. Lasting medium sized tan head. Wow, nice bite to it, I like the dark bitter taste. Light pallet, quite smooth, dry at the end, i will pick this up again.
MiP (14447) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Malty, slightly roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate. Black colour, small brown head. Good, thick body. Very chocolaty flavour with a slight bitterness. Long, bitter aftertaste.