OldMrCrow (2305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 2005: On tap at the College Inn in Seattle; also bottled.
Pours a deep black with a nice tan head.The aroma is the expected coffee and roasted grain, with a lovely full nose of black cherry. Flavor is rich - dark chocolate, coffee, cherry, molassas, plum, with a well-balanced but unobtrusive hop finish - and the mouthfeel equally so, full and satisfying and not the least bit watery like some of its competitors. The commercial deScription alludes to the "strengh of character of Imperial stout"; this is not an idle claim. An excellent big-beer styling at only 6.2%.
Sampling the í05-í06 in Febraury í07, the beer retains a very nice roastiness along with a lactic, almost sour aroma and flavor that is quite enjoyable.
2006: In bombers this year, at 6.6%. The coffee flavors are really heavy, especially late in the flavor profile, but this is really nice stuff. Itís drier than most of the imperial stouts, with a powerful burnt-coffee bitterness in the finish.
Note: This one comes into its own as it warms, and needs to be served at cellar temperature or above.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Vintage: Poured a very very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma had a big chocolate presence. Nice amount of rasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt with some sweetness and more chocolate. Finish is semi-dry and leaves you with a big roasty finish. Held up very nicely for an 3+ year old stout. Tasty. I need to find out if they start out this good..or even better.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 2005-2006 release via trade with Indiana_Red - Thanks Ken! - Gushed out of the bottle when the cap was popped. Poured thick black with a big mocha head that fades pretty quick. Big aroma of coffee. molasses, and some bakerís chocolate. Flavor is nice coffee, and bakerís chocolate with a touch of molasses and nuts. Nice dry finish. Palate is full bodied but very smooth and drinkable. Nice dry finish makes this seem more like a dry stout. Lots of burnt flavor throughout. Very interesting and quite tasty.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black Coloring with Tan Head. HEavy Load of Sweet/Dry Barley. Pretty Crazy Tasting Stout. Really Sweet Barley Taste That Quickly Becomes Bitter and Dry at the End. Syrapy Mouthfeel. Really Tasty but Wimper at the Thought of Having Another.
badgerben (4765) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with a thin head. Interesting aroma of barley and black currant. Totally unexpected flavor that reminded me of madiera. Sour and malty with a strong bitter finish. Syrupy.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
05-06 bottle. A somewhat average stout. Maybe I should have let this sit a little while longer, but I couldnít help myself. The aroma is a little light. Mostly semisweet chocolate and some roasted toffee. Can toffee be roasted, or does it just melt? Very roasty mouthfeel. A little bit of hoppiness and some chocolate join in as well. Thanks Secret Santa!
oldrtybastrd (4341) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 í03-í04 Version - Nice black body with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts w/coffee and chocolate. Burnt malt flavors and bitter dark chocolate with maybe a hint of smoke. Excellent Beer
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 2005-2006 release A decent stout. Pours dark with small head. Coffee aromas. Thin feel. Good taste, slightly smoky. Nothing outstanding but plesant. 8/4/6/3/14
2006-2007Wow. New recipe for sure. Aroma still dominated by coffee, but a hint of sourness. Much more hops in both aroma and flavor, like the 3F Black Sun. Dry and slightly bitter at the end. Thicker in the mouth as well. I like the change! 7/4/8/4/16
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 I donít know why, but this beer taste way better than it smells. It smelled of hops and rotten, infected beer, yet it tasted so divine.
I poured a deep, dark black drink into my snifter. I let it warm a bit took a whiff and WHOA, this beer has gone bad..... or has it? I took a drink and to my pleasant suprise a i got a mouthful of chocolate, roasted coffee, smirling smokey caramel, and a good dose of finishing hops. I just canít understand how a beer that smelled so foul could taste so good. Another mystery to explore.........
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
big dark tan head, black body, not a lot in the stank dept. good bitters, roasty and dry, chocolately, oddly tart, iíve always wanted to drink from a bottle with lots of xís on it, feels like the cartoons