Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer poured a very opaque color w/ thick lasting brown head and lacing. The nose was a very nice blend of roast and coffee w/ a hint of grain and what seemed like dark fruit. The mouth was the same. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well-rounded, and creamy. One of my favorites.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 RERATE 2006 bottle via John C and enjoyed with TJ: My new scores are about in line with past tastings but I gave the aroma one less point. This beer could stand more body.
Tasted at the ’Tosa gathering and the bottle provided by JPDipso, many thanks! #481: Opaque with a creamy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of rasin and prune, chocolate and coffee, smokey and roasted malts, belgian candi and earthy yeast esters, and a hint of port. The taste starts fruity and twangy with a heavy malt foreground. A woody, sublime smoke, and vinous finish. Some almost brett like super twang on the aftertaste, quite dry as well. The initial feel was lush and syrupy. Nice and different, got a Mikey Likey score and is worth the effort to try one for yourself. Not your traditional Imperial Stout.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #390 DarkElf rocks! Pours a massive tan/brown head that lives on with a fair amount of stringy lace left behind. Good and black. Nose of roast, cocoa, a touch of licorice and coffee. Med/full body, creamy yet spritzy. A gentle roast flavor with chocolate notes, a hint of toffee, light buttery notes also. Finish is medium dry with caramel and vanilla notes.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to JohnC for sharing this with us at the 2005 Homebrew Competition
It was intereseting to try this right after doing a "best in show" review for the homebrew competition. If this were entered, it would’ve won the stout category and maybe come in 3rd in the competition (top 10%). Anyway, on to the beer...
The aroma...Boar’s Head brand baby swiss...mmm. Santas Little helper poured like any other Impy - black and unashamed. The taste was a combination of some sour and some roast. Combining those two into a finish gives us a vinous aspect. Dryness dominates the finish of an otherwise oily elixir.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Deep space black, huge tan fizzy head. Aromas of burnt coffee, charred dark fruits, chocolate and cream, with slight undertones of brown sugar. Very well balanced with cherry, coffee, and prune leading the charge. Sweet malt is rounded nicely by the hop bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied with crazy carbonation, drying chocolate, dark fruit finish. Very nice and quite tasty, but could use a notch or two down on the carbonation scale. Similar in nature to the De Dolle Export Stout.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a huge, creamy, well-tanned head. Great retention with ink-blot lacing. Very chocolatey and acetic aroma with notes of vanilla, cola and buttermilk. Almost perfectly balanced with a generous hop addition. Lots of burnt and tangy notes. The relatively high ABV is very well-hidden. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Lengthy, bitter, tangy finish. Thanks to dark elf for the bottle!
SpringsLicker (2938) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and dark with a better tha average head for an Imperial Stout. Roast malt aroma with a flavor that starts slightly bitter and finishes somewhat dry. I shared this with the others at the RateBeer Homebrew Competition and want to thank JohnC for bringing this one for everyone to try.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Re-rate from cask at Solana Beach on 11/30/06: Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin, wispy-lacing tan head. Smoky sweet dark malty aroma has some plum and brown sugar complexity. Starts full and viscous with a smooth sweet dark caramel and chocolate maltiness balanced with a touch of bittering hops. Hides its alcohol well and is much better than the original bottled version.
Bottle sampled on 3/6/05: Pours a real dark brown with a thick, frothy, well-lacing dark tan head. Has a tart, mildly cheesy roasty aroma with lingering tosaty caramel malt. Tartness is evident in the body, but not overpowering, with a lingering dry roasty finish. Body is mostly full and malty with nice carbonation. A good imperial, but would be better without any acidity. Thanks to JohnC for sharing this at the 2005 RBHC!
TAR (2389) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 Dark brown. Light hazel, lily pad foam of putty density. Saliva-inducing aroma of molasses-drenched hops, cookie dough, espresso, and roasted malts. Vinous to a degree, with port and red grape notes. Becomes finely textured as the airy spritz condenses. Vinous acidity initially buckles the cheeks, softened by a punctual raisin flesh center and thickset fudge cake malt structure. Hop bitterness overrides the roast, which is mellow to begin with. Husk notes come and go, but adds some fluff. Feisty yeast yields a flash of spicy phenols. Meaty molasses and crushed black malt meets a butter rum oil base to compound the throat-coating creaminess, which enables the alcohol to effortlessly slide down. Finishes brimful of intertwined malt flavors and well-attenuated for its size, with hints of char and harsh tannins accentuating the dryness. Although it’s currently beautiful & vinous, I imagine it will become [overly] sour and rampant with carbonation with more age, being that it already possesses some harshness/sourness and a briskly carbonic edge.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750 ml bottle) Pours a black body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some spices. Smooth, creamy palate. Flavor of rasted malt and chocolate. Enjoyable!