Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 Damn this is good...and at near 9% it has to be sipped! This stuff is even better at its place of origin. GOD KNOWS WHICH TIME SINCE: This stuff is beautiful. Pours a thick black. Tastes a thick black. Goes VERY well with chocolate.
Dick1984LS (29) - 29 Palms, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
jesus christ this is a good beer and i hope that is 75 characters because that is all i can phatohm to say about it.
moody (12) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Great balance of malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. Not as "Heavy," as some stouts. I don’t know how beer could be any better than this! WOW!!!
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a thick black with minimal head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, and dark chocolate. My first Imperial Stout and it was definitely a great one. Very complex flavors on the palate. The most obvious of which is bitter roasted malts and chocolate. Nice level of sweetness to balance the bitterness and good carbonation. Has a very nice thick texture and a warming bite that makes it perfect for a cold winter night.
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured out motor oil black with a nice thick dark tan head. Aroma is intoxicating itself full of rich, dark roast coffee, molasses and some toasted malt. Palate was almost creamy in texture, just a bit of fizz, great mouthfeel. Flavor was so incredibly complex with strong dark chocolate, molasses, french vanilla, toffee and a bit of anise. The finish was heavy on the roasted malt and alcohol which warms you on the way down. If I still lived up north I would definitely use this to warm me up on those cold winter nights. Outstanding, hearty beer.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 This is so very, very good. Coal black with an espresso head. Just by sniffing this one you know you’re in for something of a treat. It’s hearty yet compulsively drinkable. Dried cherries, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a little spiciness. Coats the tongue without being too viscous. Bitterness at the back of the throat with some alcohol. This is the benchmark I use when comparing other stouts.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Opaque dark brown with a very thin head with lacing that never goes away. Looks very thick when pouring, but mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Aromas of dark roasted coffee- only with plenty of sugar added, and a little barleywine-like fruitiness. Seriously potent roasted malt flavor with some bitter chocolate and a malt sweetness that reverts back to an intense roasted bitterness at the finish. If you think Guinness Draft is a strongly flavored beer, this might kill you. No clue to the alc% from the flavor. Great and evil beer.
Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong heady beer. Nice dark color almost pitch black. Has a strong coffee taste with a bit of sweetess like chocolate. Bit of a burnt aftertaste though which I didn’t care for. Over all a good beer, one that I would drink again.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Jet black color in the middle of the glass, but a nice dark ruby brown on the edges with thin yet creamy head. Lacing is sparse, but a good looking beer. Nose is full of many things: coffee, burnt toast, brown sugar, molasses, and some other things that I’m not adept enough to explain. Espresso flavor hits hard and early, with a nice biting flavor and carbonation. Not as "thick" as I expected, but tastes good. A little sweetness at mid-swallow along with a slight hop bitterness. This is good stuff and is as good at lower temps as it is when it warms. Palate only a 3 because not enough body or silkiness, but a fine beer.
QUESTor (5) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, frothy stout. Initial impression has a bit of chocolate two, though not sweet. Settles in nicely on the tongue, and lingers. Hint of strong coffee – espresso maybe. I enjoy this one. Recommended for anyone that enjoys a strong, heady beer.