OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noire très foncée et presque opaque aux reflets rougeâtres à l’extrême du spectre. Mousse mi-abondante adhérant pleinement à la paroi du verre. Fudge, chocolat noir, tabac, huile et goudron entrecoupé de grosses pointes de houblon très vert, nous indiquant déjà, à même l’arôme, son potentiel d’amertume tranchante. Cacao fraîchement râpé et chocolat noir amer nous conduisent hâtivement aux grains de café pour brutalement nous abandonner au malt rôti extrême et à l’alcool. L’amertume en finale est d’une intensité bouleversante et ne semble que s’amplifier au coté de l’acidité du malt rôti. Sans doute complexe et procurant un étalement sensationnel tout en semblant trop jeune par l’agressivité des houblons. Corps de densité moyenne, douce effervescence saturée de fines bulles. Légèrement hors proportionner pour l’instant.
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smokey aroma, coffee, chocolate, Completely black and very thick out of the bottle. Lasting medium sized tan head. Wow, nice bite to it, I like the dark bitter taste. Light pallet, quite smooth, dry at the end, i will pick this up again.
MiP (15170) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Malty, slightly roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate. Black colour, small brown head. Good, thick body. Very chocolaty flavour with a slight bitterness. Long, bitter aftertaste.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (12oz). At this relatively early stage of my RateBeer career, I have not rated very many imperial stouts - maybe 10 - but this is hands-down the best I’ve had to date. Very dark, very strong, pours almost like motor oil. VERY bitter, but it works (and I’m no hop-head). Only 17/20 because I know there are better out there. I have one left and am saving it for a special occasion.
osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not the biggest fan of Imp. Stouts but this is certainly a well made beer. Very intense smokey coffee flavor, noticable hops, and aftertaste is espresso. The bitterness is a bit too much for my liking but I would definately drink this beer again. (I better, I have 3 left)
morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So far, this is the best stout I’ve tried. Super, super smooth. Chocolate accents and very well balanced. Had no idea it was 9%
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
There are so many different ways to taste this complex brew I don’t know where to start. It had a darkish-red pour like motor oil but not as dark as the Dark Lord. The aroma was one of slightly sweet spices and the taste was a bit bourbonesque with bitter notes wrapped in between. There was a sweetness in the finish. This is one of those beers I drink slowly to appreciate all of the points and its heaviness doesn’t make it the most drinkable beer. Its definately one of the most interesting beers out there.
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Near perfection. Completely pleasing in all respects. This is what a high quality beers should aspire to.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near opaque with a monstrous tan head that dissipates into creamy mounds of foam. Nice aroma with notes of caramel and chocolate. Some roastiness and a subtle underbelly of raisens. A very slight tinge of alcohol as well. Nice rounded body that moves from sweet chocolate to espresso smoothly and cleanly. Medium thickness and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. A truly great stout. But wait, this is supposed to be an Imperial Stout right? Other Impys I’ve had duelve much deeper and break the usual chocolate/roasty pattern with complexity and levels. While this is a beautiful stout, only the ABV takes it to the Impy level for me.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a frothy tan and orange head. Smells are similar to that of other imp stouts I have had. Coffee, chocolate, and an alcohol sweetness. A lot of coffee in the body with a bit of hop bitterness toward the finish. Dry finish, hides the alcohol very well.