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 I’m still not overly impressed. While still certainly a pretty nice Imp Stout, I’m 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 (8962) - 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.
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. This seemed to be firmly sitting between a stout and an imperial stout — too full bodied for a stout and not thick, oily enough for an imperial. Still, this was an excellent, tasty beer. Its aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of sweetness. Flavor starts sweet, chocolatety, roasted. Nice bitter finish hangs in the balance of the sweet malts. This is good stuff, whatever style it is.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes ... complex as advertised. Dark & rich in color, content & body. Slight tracings of a fruity essence though combined well with roasted toffee & subtle sweetish anise in flavor & aroma. Overall hearty, robust & fulfilling.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, brown head. Fresh aroma with red berries and coffee. And rope! Rich flavour. Roasted malts, some smoke. Licorice! Some underlying malty sweetness. Dry, bitter lasting finish. Thick, velvety, oily palate.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 A delicious example of one of the best styles in the world. Smoother than many imperials, this one goes down surprisingly easy. I prefer them with a little more kick, but this is still one of the best beers you could buy.
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Deep brown with a small & lingering head. Inviting aroma of malt and (surprisingly) hops mixture. Taste is exciting of coffee-licorice-chocolate with an injection of hops. Good subtle but strong flavor that warms you and moderates the alcohol. Effervesence actually revives in your mouth. Slightly bitter aftertaste with coffee lingering - overall a very good finish. Excellent beer!
jdjuice (497) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So tasty. Dominated by dark chocolate and coffee, not super heavy or thick, yet still smooth. Has a nice bitter chocolate aftertaste. The whole beer is very well rounded, very well balanced. Maybe almost as good as Brooklyn Black Chocolate.
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow...wowey, wow, wow. This is a great fuckin’ beer. Burnt chocolatey aroma, beautiful dark brown/almost black appearance. The first sip is as velvety smooth as the last. The flavor is a little malty and quite hoppy for a stout! Totally delicous. If it wasn’t for WWS Dogifsh. this would be my #1!!
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
extremely dark brown, almost black. flavors consist of chocolate, toffee, raisins, sweet roasted barely. nice mellow hoppy finish. very smooth.