drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2008 12oz hand bottle. huge thanks to goldtwins for hooking this up. poured really thick, right up there with HF BORIS for the thickest beer i recall, pitch black with amazing blood-tannish head. nose is very piney PNW hops and coffee and chocolate. nose reminded me a lot of surly darkness. wow first sip really reminds me surly darkness with how hoppy it is, these super piney imperial stouts are very intriguing. it first hits your lips and coats the palate with dark chocolately goodnesss and settles in with a really piney hop bitterness. this is extremely roasty which adds a roasted coffee bitterness. finish has no trace of alcohol. mouthfeel is extremely full and thick and a little chewy. this is a very nice impy and is right up there with surly darkness, clearly closely related, but lacks the depth and complexity surly had, perhaps being too roasty and causing a more simplistic beer. still an amazing beer and, to be honest, i didnít expect this from Oskar. 8/5/8/5/17=4.3.
10/17/07, 12oz can! thanks to xmarcnolanx for this. iím not sure why i was surprised but i guess i just never thought iíd pop open a can of beer and see black liquid with creamy dark tan head. it was awesome. this is just as i remembered it, big juicy piney hop aroma and flavor confronted by a huge roasty chocolately stout. this is thick and chewy with coffee and resiny hops linger long on the palate. awesome stuff. reminds me of surly darkness so i hope one day iíll be able to pop those cans for a side by side tasting..4.2.
another sample from a can and this time it seems extremely roasty with milky chocolate notes. not that itís inconsistent but perhaps certain samplings have me focused on different things about the beer. 4.0.
12/11/07, 12oz can. huge bakerís chocolate nose. like you just opened a box of cocoa powder and stuck your nose in for a sniff. so thick and milk shake like big milk and dark chocolate, extremely roasty but not bitter or astringent. perfect balance. an awesome imperial stout that is extremely drinkable.4.2.
jhliesen (735) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Brick Store Pub, GA---The glass was filled with a totally inviting, totally inviting black color with strong coffee, and burnt malt aromas with an undercoating of chocolate. Good thick mouth feel and a finish of chocolate and a slight hop feel.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to CaptainCougar for the hook-up! Poured a lovely shade of black with mahogany highlights... initial cap of burnt sienna head sets up very nicely and lasts a minute or so.
The aroma begins with almost burnt (at the very least deeply-roasted) bakerís chocolate, figs, and molasses... sweeter chocolate, oats, and leafy hops follow.
The flavor had an undercurrent of sticky citrus and coffee bitterness from start to finish... blend of deeply-roasted dark and milk chocolates above with hints of figs, dates, and espresso... all excellent elements of a big stout and well-integrated with one another... long bitter, burnt finish. Somewhat thick initial feel morphs into whole milk about 1/3 of the way back... heavy roast and a hint of citrus sourness... big on the bitters too... maybe just a tad too much.
This is a fantastic creation that I could drink a whole lot of! Thanks Tom!
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of goldtwins via trade
Hand bottled: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, expresso, and roasted malt. It pours virtually black with a small brown head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. The finish has moderate roasted coffee, some burnt flavors, and lots of piney hops that linger in the aftertaste. This would be a good beer for aging.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, hops, coffee, and alcohol. Starts a little bitter, but ends sweeter. Nice, fairly thick body. Thanks to CaptainCougar for this hand bottled brew.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 Draft sample. Pours deep, shiny black with a mostly diminishing head. The amazing thing about the appearance is how inviting it looks. The aroma is distinctly new school imperial stout style. Coffee is foremost and pounding. Nuances of barrel, vanilla, chocolate, burnt malts, piney and mildly acidic hops, fruits galore but restrained in unison by the onslaught of roastiness and chocolate, not to mention the menacing fresh coffee. Flavor is again huge coffee, much like the nose indicated. The roast is monstrous now, accompanied by silky sweet chocolate, anise, buttery malts and dark fruit, mostly blackberries. The palate is ridiculously accomodating, very full and smooth, coating, creamy and delightfully medium dry. Finishes very dry, leaving behind a touch of bitter chocolate and cherry sweetness. Too many hops presently, will probably be phenomenal if laid down for awhile. Excellent IS from a wonderful brewery.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 Thanks to Goldtwins for the bottle. The beer poured as thick as the best of the stouts. Once poured into a glass, it is easy to see that this beer is as black as the darkest night, with a very nice thick and creamy looking toffee or chocolate colored head. The description of this beer is right on point when trying to describe the mouthfeel...it is the beer equivalent of a rich milkshake with malted milk balls and heavens best chocolate ice cream. This beer rivals some of the thickest and fullest bodied beers I have ever had. The only major downfall to this beer was the aroma was a little one dimensional and the taste had some sort of off roasted bitterness in the back end of the beer. Overall this beer was really good, and the little detractions from aroma and flavor do not take away from all of the oh so good things going with this beer.
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at the brick store with TitiJo. no beer like Iíve ever seen! the darkest opaque black with a milk chocolate candy bar colored head. oily looking lacing. aroma is of floral hops, and a chocolate milk shake. espresso flavors with chocolate, latte and licorice. wonderful hop finish. What an amazing Imperial Stout. I feel privileged to have tried it!
pintocb (645) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 On tap at the brick store. Dear God, what a beer. As my friend Aracauna said, the mouthfeel is like drinking whole milk. 10%....are you kidding? Black as the darkest night. The darkest head Iíve seen on a beer. Brown. Dark brown. Even darker brown. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, sugar, caramel, more dark sweet stuff, vanilla, heaven....damn. Best beer Iíve had in a long while. I could drink this all day. If I could get this every day Iíd be an alcoholic.
Can. Tastes great, but not as smooth as I remember.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 On tap at the Brick Store in Decatur, GA: Pours a rich opaque with a dense frothy brownish dark tan head with thin wispy lacing. Has a roasty earthy caramel and dark chocolate espresso bean malty nose. Body starts fairly full and velvety with dark caramely sweetness and a healthy dose of hoppy bitterness and roasted malt along with a ton of bittersweet dark chocolate toward a slightly thinner, smooth, lightly warming finish. Could use just a touch more sweetness for body and to balance the bitterness, but overall itís a nice imperial stout.