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 I’ve 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 (1808) - 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 doesn’t 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
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of hops, smoke, chocolate and coffee. Hoppy flavor with notes of coffe, chocolate, fruit and roasted malt. Finish is dry with a nice touch of alcohol
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Midnight brown, near black in color. Frothy, shallow and quickly dissipating tan head, leaving nice lacing tracts in its wake. Looks somewhat thin based on pour from the bottle. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, hint of roasted malts and a dash of molasses. Flavor expresses itself as a lingering rich chocolate espresso taste blast. Excellent bitterness overriding the chocolate and roasted malts. Full-bodied and thicker on the palate than expected. Finish is dry bitterness, like downing a double shot of espresso. A fine imperial stout.