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 (6835) - 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.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours jet oily black with small but very dark head. Burnt nose of malts, licorice, and some roasted coffee. Relatively light mouthfeel, but long and satisfying finish. Sweet malty and coffee flavors at first, fading to darker burnt malts. Alcohol could be hidden better; the slight burn adds too much sweetness, but also a nice raisiny tint. Definitely a good slow drinker, but too close to a sweet stout. I’d prefer a drier palate.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 12oz bottle. Beer pours out black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and banana. Flavor is intense roasty burnt malt, espresso coffee and chocolate. Almost overload on the flavor. A faint tartness in the middle. Finish is long and bitter. Alcohol is only mildly noticeable and even though 9% is totally covered by the intense flavor. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected given the intensity of this brew. Good complexity and its character changes as you get further into the bottle. This is a very interesting imperial stout indeed. A true sipper. $6.99 for a four pack at Broudy’s, Jacksonville, FL. Beautiful.
onelststnd (19) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not the best by any means, but very good. Strong taste to it, and indeed very tasty. Can buy it at most World Market stores for around $5/bottle.
Christian (12921) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Black with a light brown head. Strong aroma of burned malt, licorice, vineous dried fruits and some apple/citrus freshness. Flavour of dark chocolate in particular, coffee, and hints of smoke and ash. Quite bitter
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black as sack-cloth with a nice tight chocolate/milky head. Great mouthfeel - nothing oily here - exceptionally well balanced with a great bitter finish. Bravo.
TBone (16193) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 12oz (BB 12/2006)
Black as a night, small expresso head. Aroma of cold coffee. Roasted, cold coffee in the flavor. Alcohol, hops in the finish. Long bitter aftertaste.