cottonbrown (6) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Gripped the glass as it poured with a thin fizzy head that left a little lace. Great chocolate and coffee aroma. The mouthfeel of this stuff is incredible. A bit lighter than I would have expected from an impy, but still a delight. Balance is the name of the game witht the flavor. Perfect amounts of bittersweet chocolate and coffee with a nice little alcohol finish. Really a pleasure.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Bottle. Man, is this stuff good. It pours and looks beautiful. Black color, tan, thick, foamy head. Smells wonderful. Coffee taste and a very nice hop flavor. Finish is a little strong, but we all like a good kick in the face, right?
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Black pour, fairly large tan head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is soft chocolate, roast, licorice, moderate PNW hops. Begins with a smooth milky feel, however there is a light acidity, alcohol detectable in the finish. Soft malts with some bitter hops made this a somewhat unique example, they came close to nailing it but it could be better.
PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Fantastic full-bodied stout that poured thick and dark. This is not a stout for the faint of heart. Very balanced in flavor and texture. Great buy!!
Bosse (3) - DENMARK - APR 14, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black full bodied stout with a nice brown head. Powerful taste with some coffee and chocolate. Really good balance between sweetness and bitterness. One of the best stouts I have ever had.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. black pour, but not a deep black. slight dark tan head. aroma full of coffee and chocolate. smooth taste, good bodied. a little lite overall for my taste of a "best imperial stout", but who am i.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 Black as night. Pours like motor oil and the aroma is pure coffee. The flavor is mostly coffee and chocolate and very very heavy on the palate. This is the smoothest stout I have ever had as it warms in the glass it just gains more flavor. Sweet and fantastic on the tongue! Wow is this a good beer. I think I have a new special ocassion beer. This brew is fantastic and I canít wait to get another!
Rerate - 6/18/06 - I got to try this one on tap tonight and all I can say is wow! The roasted and chocolate flavors seemed so much more intense and were a great finish to a steak at brewís cafe. Iím going to bump this up 1 in the the aroma as it was just divine on tap.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of a coffee and malt. Black with a tan head that dissipated to a thin layer over the top of beer. Lots of lacing left on glass. Flavor was of the chocolate malt. Good alcohol bite on the finish. Good beer glad my wife picked it out for me. Dam nice to have a beer secretary.
Texans0743 (5) - Sugar Land, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not too bad... Maybe a little overhyped, but then again every sip seems to get better. The appearance is amazing. I love a dark beer you canít see through no matter what kind of light you hold it up to. The head sticks to the side of my snifter glass, which is a good sign. As far as stouts go, my favorite is Guinness Extra Stout, but this might be a new addition to my list, despite the lack of a bite after each sip. The taste and aroma are rich with a dark chocolate flavor/scent. Very good... I think I will have another.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent shiny brown pour... fizzy light-tan head that fades into a dusty covering. Dry roast chocolate, sweet cherry brownies, kahlua aroma. Bitter roasted hops with some alcohol twang in the start that quickly sweetens up. Finish is some bitter coffee, and long after the swallow, you can feel the alcohol. Its a good, big, and enjoyable drink, but nothing about it sticks out.