Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cost $1.63/12 oz. bottle at Trader Joe’s. Bottle claims it is 9% alcohol by volume. Poured a dark brown, light brown head that didn’ last and very little lacing. Aroma has lots of roasted chicory (stronger than coffee) and some bitter hops. Mmmm. There is also a strong hint of alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is dominated by burnt chicory (my only real criticism of this beer), followed by some maltiness and black licorice. There is a real alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied (characteristic of a Russian Imperial Stout), syrupy, some carbonation, with a crisp, mouth-drying finish. I could drink this one all night!
Beaver (1639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a creamy tan head that quickly subsides to a thin layer that laces the glass some.
The aroma is roasted chocolate, dark fruits and some anise and alcohol and hops.
The flavor is roasted chocolate and some milkiness with some almost metallic alcohol (that subsides) followed by a big and dry coffee bitterness tinged with licorice. The mouthfeel is medium to full and nice and creamy.
Overall, a nice imperial. It’s a little unbalanced in the flavor with alcohol and bitterness - all the elements don’t come together well and play nicely. It’s good, but I’ve had better.
Hansen (8390) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Full of everything. The aroma and flavor reminds me of Rochefort, the port-like aroma and flavor. Old ras has the same thing in the start, then the laqurice and chocolade takes over, and thats fore sure! Long lastning and fullfilling.
Ratman197 (13091) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a translucent ruby black with a brown head. Aromas of mocha, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and alcohol. Palate was smooth and warming. Flavors of dark chocolate, mocha,roasted malt, licorice, and pepper with a dry warming finish.Lingering bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a creamy brown head. Mild chpcolate and roast aroma. Flavour is great, melded chocolate, roast coffee, nutty caramel. Finish has a long citrusy grapefruit flavour. Silky smooth oily mouthfeel. Good stuff.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown/black with caramel highlights under an average-sized, creamy, light brown head. Chewy caramel aromas with cherry and a touch of pineapple, some late coffee and lactic notes (which altogether gave the impression of ice cream :) Big malts in flavor with a bitter coffee start and moderate bittersweetness to finish. Thick and slick. Truly decadent, especially with an Acid-brand Red Cameroon cigar.
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Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
ouch! this one burns... much too strong for my taste... was like paregoric with a kick. cleared my sinuses, cured my cough but burned my throat. yuck.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6630) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick and black with a small brown head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma is toasty and malty with fairly strong floral and perfumey hops and a bit of licorice underneath The flavor is sharply hoppy with floral and perfumey notes and has fairly strong notes of cocoa, coffee, licorice and molasses. The finish is long and hoppy with some lingering licorice. Thick and full bodied. Remarkable.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent beer. Pours like a 40-weight after driving 5,000 miles. Scent of coffee and chocolate, with just right amount of raisin and date. Taste is coffee and burnt malts. Long finish. This brew is almost like a combination of Stone’s version mixed with Speedway Stout.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse brune persistente. Arômes de café, de cacao, d’alcool et de levure. Saveurs de cacao, de chocolat, d’avoine et de café expresso. Intense. Corps bien présent.