notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was shocked to find this still on tap at Hop Devil the other day (at least two weeks, come on NY!) - hmmm...people sure do seem to like this beer - Iím not entirely sure why - it sure looks nice out of the tap (opaque, with a very bubbly, root beer float-looking head) - itís kind of funny that the commercial description mentions malted-milk balls, because it really does taste and smell just like them - creamy mouthfeel, with a chocolate ice cream sort of flavor too it - smooth yet full body - equal parts roasty and sweet (nice balance) - itís a very well-made imperial stout, but in a world with such transcendent impys as Speedway and Expedition, I donít really see this holding up - itís simply "good."
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jasonmech77 for sharing this hand bottled version...
Appears an opaque, pitch black with a dark tan head that fades to a mild cap and collar after a moment. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, light roastiness, mild vanilla, coffee, anise, and brown sugar.
Taste is of roasted nuts & grain, light anise, cocoa, and mild coffee coming through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with anise, roasted nuts, and bitter coffee swirling around the palate.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler. Dark black, chocolatey opaque pour with a huge layer of creamy tan foam. The head is beautiful and remarkably well sustaining. Aromas of sprucy hops with a gentle fruity character as well. Sticky chocolate fudge and a hint of prune skins add some chewiness to the malt aroma that also conveys a hefty dose of Sumatran roast coffee characters. The roasted malt character is intensely charred and burned, creating an polarizing hop and roast bitterness personality. I find myself searching for a bit more subtlety in the malt bill, but the roast and hops keep pushing me back. Full bodied, wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Silky smooth with a wonderfully supple texture. Dark roasty malt characters with lots of char and coffee overwhelming the palate in sharp contrast to the soft mouthfeel. Rich, earthy coffees with some bittersweet dark chocolate notes. Toward the back end, the bitterness of the roast flavors are overtaken by some high alpha hops. Good, big flavored, highly hopped, highly roasted imperial stout that packs a big punch but leaves me thirsting for more complexity and subtlety. Fabulous mouthfeel and appearance, though. Thanks Tom, for bringing such a great, fresh sample!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to KP for bringing this to Noogfest III.
This is a solid imperial stout: jet black, with notes of coffee & chocolate. Nice creamy body.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2007. Pours like a can of pitch black oil. Good aroma of oak and vanilla. Very bitter malt taste with a ton of piney hops. Not bad, but more hops than I care for in my stout. I know, I knowÖ Iím insaneÖ deal with it.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottled. A black beer with a big brown head. The aroma is of roasted malt, wood, light chocolate and grainy, the taste is sweet chocolate, light alcoholic and wood. Medium body with a alcoholic finish.
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottled from tap.
Black coloured with a beige head.
Roasted aroma of yeast, liquorice and chocolate.
Roasted flavour of liquorice and dark chocolate with notes of vanilla.
Roasted finish of chocolate.
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black pour tan head w/ nice lace. Coffee & roast malt touch of chocolate hitn of lactose. Thick creamy palate, well coated. bottom of coffee pot bitter, over roasted, some sweet chocolates.. still decent.
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.
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.