pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at Flying Pie (Fairview). A pint of this looks like a jet, inky, black glass of wondrous stout to be enjoyed thoroughly. The aromas are rich roasted, almost burnt malts. The small head stays with you to the end and is light brown in color. The lacing is all over the glass like a cheap suit and then about half way through dissipates into a more sticky, spotty lacing. It is fairly thin for a stout, but itís not a bad thing. The taste is complex with charcoal, a sweet espresso as well as a slight hop presence amidst all the malts. All around, a wonderfully enjoyable brew. I can see why it is rated at 100%.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice beer. Smokey/Roasty. Black in color with thin tan head. Smooth in palate. Improves with each sip. Malt is prevalant whereass hops take a back seat here. Very robust and strong.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liquorice aroma. Opaque dark brown color. Soft mouthfeel and basically everything is right here.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 From notes 16nov05:
Pours pitch black with no hints of light shining through around the edges. Theresís a thick two finger head thatís slow to recede, and leaves behind a rocky cap that never fades away. Lots of thick lacing.
Smell; notes of coffee, chocolate, licorice, roasted malts and a slightly burned toast smell.
Taste; Chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, a little bitter at first from the roasted malts, but that smooths out alot as it warms up. Nice thick, rich and creamy mouthfeel. This is a really good stout, just wish I could go back and get some more.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12z bottle. Black opaque with minimal ring of tan head. Rich malt nose. Sweet and alcoholic, slight fruity aroma and some chocolate and cinnamon notes. Full and warming in the mouth. Rich and bitter and creamy and a dark roasted malt flavor. Great roasted flavor, but still smooth and creamy. Buttery and toffeeish. Flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee. Smooth and alcoholic. Kingering and delicious from start to finish!
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Smells of sweet malts, hint of chocolate, and hops. Thinner than what i usually expect from an imperial stout but it makes up for it in flavor. Has a nice bitter hop taste start to finish with hints of chocolate and alot of roasty sweetness. The alcohol presence is strong and it goes well with the hop bitterness.
Rib Eye (148) - USA - NOV 18, 2005
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Oh come on. This stuff is ridiculous. A drainpour if there ever was one. Seems like this is a trial by fire that beer snobs give themselves when they want to prove they are "real aficianados." Whatever. Too heavy. Too bitter. Too smoky. Medicinal. I could go on...
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a mocha head. Very little carbonation of lacing in the glass. Aroma is very malty. The taste is coffee, malts, a bit of bakerís chocolate. Not an overly complex stout, not thick, or overpowering, leaves me doubting the Imperial tag.... A decent stout nonetheless.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 (Bottle from http://hitimewine.com/) Pours coffee brown with tannish head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee, malty sweetness, some chocolate. Taste is coffee overlain with sweetness, some bitterness at finish, but kind of predominated by sweetness. Some chocolate flavor as well. Seems a bit too heavy-handed with the alcohol and sweetness, and not as complex as I thought. Alcohol quickly ascends to nasal passages. Mouthfeel smooth, ligthly syrupy. One swallow pretty much summed it up. UPDATE (6/10/11): Well this beer should rate higher than the 3.4 I gave it way back when but Iím still not overly impressed. While still certainly a pretty nice Imp Stout, Iím missing much of the advertised complexity. Aroma pretty much straight up chocolate and coffee, palate is a little loose and fizzy, flavor is nice cocoa and coffee with some molasses as it warms and ABV is warming but well-covered. Current rating is an average of the two scores.
Skinnyviking (8560) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Head. Brown longlasting. Body Black. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, chocolat, liqorice, man I like it.