Silenus (14) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beautiful beer! This Imperial Stout pours a beautiful black with a thin caramel head. The aromas are of chocolate and coffee. The flavors are surprisingly smooth for a beer of this ABV. It has a full mouthfeel with a long, dry finish of burnt toast. The hops are perfectly balanced with the dark roasted malts. BALANCE is the key! Take my advice though, donít have this with a sweet cookie for dessert ... match it with a piece for dark bitter chocolate. Excellent!
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Beautiful almost black pour with a mahogany glint on the edges. Head was initially 1/2" and frothy, but died down after a few seconds. Very nice lacing as this brew got in my belly. Aroma was wonderful, with milk chocolate, roasted barley and assorted dark fruity malts. Struck me more as a sweet stout in the nose, which certainly isnít a bad thing. Flavor has the pop of a nice imperial... deep roasted barley, currants, a shot of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and a citrus twist with some well-balanced bittering hops. Alcohol made a nice warming presence at the front of the finish, and some roasted coffee was with me for a while after this was gone. Great complexity and pure enjoyment throughout!
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
35,5 cl bottle. Black colour. Aroma of roasted barley and some fruit. Great taste of roasted barley. Well balance between hops and the dark malt, that ends in a great complet smooth taste, with hints of alkohol.
ARC (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent stout - a nice departure from the Guiness I usually drink. Virtually no head on this stout and a stronger alcohol taste on the back end of the sip. I really enjoyed this bottle!
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is sweet and caramel like with lots of toasted malt. The appearance is so dark brown that itís almost black. The head is small. The flavor is bitter and full of chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, coffee, and celery. The palate is just about right. Aftertaste is bitter and the alcohol lingers just a little. Overall not bad but it could be better.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the aroma, a big roasty malt and dark chocolate over powers the senses. A slight coffee and cream smell comes through also. The appearance sits firm and is opaque but it allows some light to be seen on the other side of the glass. Head is short lived but is a beautiful sand colored patch of foam. Although this is a rich imeprial sotut, i feel it lacks a memorable flavor impression of its own. The usual signature of dark malt5 and roast character are paired with a coffee like resemblance that makes it a sound imperial stout. My second North Coast beer but i still havent caught onto the hype i guess.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours rich and black with a "now you see it now you donít" tan head. Barley is the first on stage with chocolate and coffee playing great supporting roles. The bitter hop finnish is what sets it off for me. Balanced in every way, This stout makes me wish it was cold year round.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Pours black with a decent sized tan head. Head is mostly diminishing with nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with sweet dark fruits and citrusy hops underneath. As I take my first sip, the first thing I notice about this beer is the incredible light and creamy feel of this brew. Flavor is immediately very bitter, roasted coffee and citrus hops. This gives way to dark chocolate, raisins, molases, prunes and a touch of alcohol at the end. Finish is long with the sweetness fading away and the bitter flavors lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel is on thin side.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a dark tan to almost broun head. Not as thick as most imperial stouts. Aromas were strong with chocolate roast malt with a little bread and brown surgar. Flavor had a Slight roast malt, light liqorice,with some mild hints of molasses. Also had some bread like flavor with a hint of vanilla. Overall this is a great beer and for me is not hard to come by. Flavors seemed to be mild and balanced.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from MontyRxR. Poured black, as expected, but also poured thinner than expected, virtually no head, until agitated, that is. Light, but good aroma of the usual suspects, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice, as well as a slight oakiness, which sets it apart a bit. Felt a little thin, especially for an IS. Woody, alcohol tingle made for an interesting mouthfeel. Itís good, but pretty average for the style