oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice black body. Aromas of roasted malts/coffee/tobacco. Full flavor malts/coffee and a little chocolate.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2006 Dark black pour, with a hint of brown. Nice tan head that reappears after every sip. Malt, chocolate, good hops...weaker than I would expect from an Imperial Stout, but a fantastic beer. Iíd put it up there as one of my favorite imperials.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 This Imperial Stout pours with a medium brown head that quickly vanishes leaving no lacing behind. The beer itself is a deep reddish brown with a rich earthy malty aroma with just a hint of banana. It has a thick, sweet taste with a finish of bitters.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black color with a frothy brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted malts. chocolate and coffee aroma.
pinkzambia (1803) - 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.