skortila (4867) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned. The most remarkable thing about this imperial stout. (WHY?). Certainly not a bad brew, but I think it would be better if not canned. Aroma has espresso and coffee, some chocolate, quite roasted. Pitch black coloured with a thin, brown lace. Thick brew. Taste is strong bitter coffee/espresso, quite roasted. Very straight imperial stout.
caesar (5877) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2008 Canned (weird to say of such a high-rated brew). Dark color, fluorescent brown lacing. Aroma of loads of coffee, hint of chocolat, very roasted. Roasted bitter taste, very long aftertaste, fills your mouth completely. Not creamy, but more carbonating coffee. Great beer, but please, put this stuff in a bottle!!
Tap @ brewpub as well. What can I say, brilliant stuff!
sthlm (1255) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 [Can, thanks Stine!] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is fairly hoppy with a good deal of roasted malt and some sweetness--maybe honey. Taste is dominated by roasted (quite heavily) malt and some chocolate. Good thick mouthfeel. A good imperial stout that I hope that I can rerate some time with a larger sample. Old rating: 8/4/8/5/16=4.1. Re-Rate: [Can] Pours black with a good dark brown head (that is just a little small). A lot of anise in the aroma and some molasses. Some chocolate as well when it warms. Pretty hot in the taste. A lot of anise, some roasted malt and chocolate (esp. in finish). Little bitterness. Thick mouthfeel and smooth. This is good, but very anise heavy and not as complex as other great RISs. The smoothness really makes it easy to drink though.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a dark black body with a bit of reddish tint and just swirls of head. Smells pretty nice but has a little bit of a paint scent. More pronounced aromas of chocolate and cherries are there too. The flavor is much nicer than the aroma with huge chocolate and coffee flavors with toasted oats.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Dark black pour with a little brown head; head gone quickly. Heavy roasted malt and coffee aroma, along with some bittering hops. Small amount of sweet chocolate and oats up front in the flavor, followed by roasted malt, coffee and bittering hops. Liked this much better than the barrel aged version, but the palate is slightly metallic (dry-hopped?).
jonas (6177) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for the can Ernest! Blacker than Cheneys soul, dark chocolate head. Roast, deep chocolate and fig aroma. Inredible broad roast flavors - from carbon over caramel to dark chocolate. Oily mouthfeel (go figure) but in a good way. Roast and nut retronasal, the flavor on the tongue has big staying-power. Very enjoyable.
robinvboyer (3619) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is one of the darkest, thick pours i have ever seen. This is black hole black. a good 1.5 fingers of head. The head is like a dark brown almost reddish on the edges. Aroma is sweet, like liquid chocolate cake, with some chocolate ice cream, with a big cup of roasty espresso. WOW. Flavour is so rich, and loaded with chocolate. wicked roastiness, and lots of coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is THICK, but super smooth and velvety. THe alcohol warms on its way down, but man is this smooooooooooooth. Quite bitter also, those IBU’s come out, but add some nice depth after the smooth chocolate. Wow, just an amazing stout! I can’t give it a 5, cause i don’t think anything is perfect, but this is damn near close to it!
Brix (647) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 2008-02-21. Fresh can. Pours the blackest I’ve ever seen a beer pour. Small bronze/brown head. Aroma: Chocolate and coffee. Flavour: EXTREMELY bitter! I like it! Oily texture - very full bodied.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WTF!!! Pours like used motor oil. Black. Small amber head. Weird looking coming out of a can like something has gone seriously wrong! Aroma is heavy with chocolate. Taste is thick, viscous. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Very earthy with some bitterness peeking through! I could drink this again and again.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich malty chocolate nose, with coffee. Pours absolutely black, with a deep brown thick head. The sweet malt hits right away, but the bitterness from the hops and roasted malt kicks in just in time. Thick body. If not for the alcohol level, it flirts with being too heavy. This beer delivers like no other. An amazing Imperial Stout.