SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 Pours dark brown/black. Thin tan head settles quickly. Little lacing. Sweet malt aroma, dried fruit and hint of coffee also. Full bodied with a dry finish. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice flavors. Complex. Excellent. --[rerate-12/04/06]-->Black black/brown edges. 1.5" of dense yet frothy tan head. Nose of roasty malt, resinous hops, burnt mocha, and subtle dark dried fruits and anise. Same flavors with some marshmallow like sweetness. Palate is full, but light in weight. Carbonation is balanced. Very drinkable for an imperial stout. Excellent.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured dark brown with a a deep red hue and a thin dark creamy head, little lace. Aroma is sweet and malty, some roasted spices. Full-bodied and complex roasty and warm coffee-ish, a delicious brew. Dry finish.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good ol faithful quality beer here. Pours like motor oil, only sad that thereís practically zero head from the pour. Aroma strong with alcohol and an anise like stench. Taste is like a mix between chocolate and anise, not quite as bitter as Iíd like but I like bitter stuff. I guess Iím glad Iím not in Minnesota, itís only 6 bucks a 4 pack here. Always a good choice if you can find it.. yum.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Thanx to Lumpy and Richlikebeer, I received 1 from each. Yummy. Poured black, Good tan head, rich and creamy and fizzy. Leaves nice lacing as it settles. Aroma of coffee and raisins and caramel, and slight licorice too. First taste is roasted chocolate malt. Very pranouced and enjoyable. Them comes the dates and licorice. Dry finish, which I enjoy greatly. This black liquid is a treat to all dark brew lovers, seek this out and enjoy.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 this is my first attempt at rating beer so bear with me. Pours black with minnimal head. slight lacing. smells great, hint of coffee and liquorice. bitter yet smooth light warming from the alcohol. I like this beer alot will certainly buy this again. a little steep on the price 8.99 4-pack. very good beer
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle: pours jet black with a tan head. the aroma is mostly of dark friuts and chocolate, with hints of coffee and caramel. the flavor is of sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, dates, and aa seemingly neutral hop bitterness that lingers with the coffee flavor. the hidden yet notciable alcohol. i forgot how great this beer was.
Pouler (10) - Ňrhus V, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nice dark colour and a brownish head, which disappears rather quickly. Mostly coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. The taste starts out sweet -chocolate, coffee, liquorice. Bitter finish, with a hint of alcohol. Great mouthfeel -round, soft and with some warmth from all the alcohol. Beers like this is why "Imperial Stout" is the favourite style.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Bottle. Black with lasting brown head. High flavor intensity with plenty of malt and hops, notes of rye bread. Long roasted and bitter finish with added salty liqourice. Full bodied. (4.0)
...Several bottles later itís just not that good. Quite intense but the flavors donít meld together all that well. Highly interesting, quite complex, but not all that drinakble.
tanichols (3) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Draft. I hadnít heard or looked up much about this brew before trying it and thought I may be taking a risk, but North Coast performed as always! An enjoyable brew with a nice head and a smooth rich taste. The aroma left me with questions but the taste was the performer. Hints of chocolate and coffee and caramel with some familiar "cookie" spices. Poured near black with a beige head and finished warming with a somewhat bitter end of coffee pot aftertaste. Thinner than some of my favorite other Imperial Stouts, but not bad! My tastebuds are still interpreting this interesting brew.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I tried this beer I blurted out un-f**king believable because this stout is so amazing. The aroma smells like any other Russian Imperial Stout and the head sits on the top of the beer with the grace of Russian Czar, but the taste is insane. I dont know what North Coast does to this beer to make it so smooth and sweet but keep it going. Roasted mocha and caramel malts with hints of vanilla and all spice. Want to try this on tap. Similar to Heavyweight but much better.