xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can. Pitch black with large burnt brown head. Dark roasted malt is strongest with only the slightest hop aroma. Flavor slight sweet roast with smokiness,dark chocolate, great. Medium to full body with nice carbonation. Very nice overall.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had a few of these and I say how did this fall out of the top 50? Take a bunch
of melted chocolate, toss in some freshly made oatmeal let it blend for a while and give íer a squirt of grapefruit.
Well-la.. instant breakfast with a kick.
Seriously, this was a wonderful thick and rich beer. I had this hand bottled.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, thanks to after4ever. Pours opaque black with a lacy brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, tar. Semi-sweet chocolate taste. Dry espresso finish with a bit of pine, a bit of chalk.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 11-6-07 can.
Oatmeal, nutty malt chocolate aroma. Bitterness screams from the thick and heavy texture. Thickest beer Iíve ever had. Pours like motor oil with fantastic head and lacing. It leaves a semi-sweet bakerís chocolate taste in the mouth. Takes a few sips for the mouth to adjust. A smidge drying but worth every second. Wish I could stock the fridge with this one - a winner for me!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Pours black with a brown, creamy, pillowy, moderately full head; longevity is decent and lace is excellent. Nose is dark, aggressive, and pungent but not all that complex; loads of dark chocolates and chocolate malt, followed by roasted oats, then balanced by the roasted coffee and woodsy hops (pine/cedar), warmth also noted. Palate is noted before the flavors being very full, viscous, velvety, and more than soft with mild warmth noted. Flavors are similar to the nose and still quite assertive; chocolate ice cream, bitter dark chocolates, burnt caramels, roasted oats, coffee in there somewhere, and the same piney/cedar hops to balance. Finishes increasingly bitter with rich milk chocolate, dark chocolate, lingering coffee bitterness and hops, lasting forever. Certainly an aggressive Imp but lacking some the complexities of others in the style; even still it was quite an experience and the palate is incredible. The balance of the rich dark malt tones, the coffee bitterness, and the backing hops is near pear perfect. Oskar Bluesís has put together nothing but well-put-together brews in the can, I wonder how it will age because this one could be great in a couple of years.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can from Loganís Pre-GABF party, then again at the GABF. Incredilbly dark with a decent tan head. Lots of roasty chocolate and coffee on the aromas. More in the flavor. Very Very yummy.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of JB175. Pours a dark dark brown with a tan head. Has Heavy hints of chocolate, malts, barley, coffee. This beer is the bomb. Finishes heavy and smooth. Want more.
after4ever (5947) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. can. Thanks, FranksnBeans! Black. Thick, moussy, and very dark tan head. Thick smears of lace, but they donít stick up for long. Baking chocolate and light coffee on the nose. You really have to snort it in for the coffee to be a sharp note. Thick, creamy body. Semi-sweet chocolate, chalk, and coffee. Big coffee finish.
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand Bottled: Motor oil is a lighter shade of black, unlike this one here.   Head is creamy, yet of the dark brown nature.
Lacing... well, its there alright but not as sticky as I would have liked.   Seen anything darker?   Nope...   Never have I
stared into a glass only to see the beer staring back at me.   This is one mean SOB.   Whats up yer nose?   Well if its Ten Fidy
its roasted malts, cocoa, very slight campfire/ash, along with a little graham cracker and pissed off marshmallows.   Who ever thought
Smores could be so mean?   You really oughta not leave them white puffy things near the flames too long.   Rich malty start, hops
are a kicking but not in charge... no sir, the malts are there for that.   Roasty to the hilt, along with a little bit of fired up
alder, or might that be oak?   You wanna smoke wha?!?!   Smoooooove... with only the hops wanting to hit me on the finish.
Body is all up in my face, but my tongue certainly doesnít feel the same bashing.   Oats... ah, who could forget about the oats.
Only near the end do they knock and say hello.   Not overly brash, quite smooth, hop and slight floral presense picks up towards the
finish, with large amounts of cocoa associated malts.   ABV is slightly present, but only in the warming sense.   Not cloying or
overly done, unlike other Imperial Stouts.   On the sweeter side, however.   Certainly an entertaining and delicious beer.
Thanks Goldtwins for this rate treat!
Bluesman (9) - Fort Morgan, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured thick and black opaque, with a brown head. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Quite tasty, big roasted flavor and a satisfying aftertaste. Iíve been wanting to try this one for a while, and it definitiely lived up to my expectations.