YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another on a list of excellent stouts enjoyed with good friends. Iíll take the opportunity here to say that a number of people from the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club threw a surprise tasting in my honor featuring imperial stouts, my favorite. Philip, Landseer, htsprint1,
RooftopRogue, siodhachain, mamabeer, DRO12, and others shared the evening. Rather than note this on each and every beer, Iíll say it here and also say that it was one of the nicest things anyoneís ever done for me. Thanks! As for this beer, courtesy of Noah (htsprint1), it immediately enticed with its black body and frothy brown head. The aroma held semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, prunes, a citrusy pin note, and a little essence of bubblegum. Where did that come from? But it didnít detract from the brew. This was a rich and robust potion that coated the tongue. The flavor was well-balanced and rich. Something Iíd definitely want to get my hands on again.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Oakes for sharing this gem! Pitch black beer, thick dark brown head. Awesome sweet dark chewy aroma, raisin/prune, plums, and dark cherries. Massive malty aroma, toffee, toast, some chocolate and cocoa. Flavour is big and chewy, malty sweetness, light charcoal with a hint of smokiness in back. Dark bittersweet, light smokiness and lingering roast. Some faint salty soyish flavour. Very tasty brew, but doesnít come across very Impyish.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks Noah (htsprint1)! The aroma that drifts from the glass is strongly represented by the fragrances of oats, anise, and molasses. It is a black colored solution that settles under a thick cocoa colored head. This thick beer perks the mouth as it smoothly slides over the tongue. The flavor is a plethora of cocoa, coffee, molasses, and even a hint of sassafras sneaks in the background. This beer fades leaving a nice coffee and licorice taste lingering.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Solana, early Dec 05. Opaque black. Chocolate roasty malt aroma, with some dark fruity notes and toffee. Roasty chocolate malt flavors, some toffee, and a touch more dark fruit than in the aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, with definite alcohol notes. Warming and delicous.
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated at the 1/21/06 Indianapolis, IN gathering. Bottle #114, Winter 04-05 vintage thanks to MI2CA. Tan large head that mostly diminished with decent lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Nose was chocolate, coffee, malty, and some sugary notes. Roasty, coffee, and chocolate in the flavor. Mouthfeel was somewhat tingly. Medium body.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Jan 06 Indy gathering, Thanks to MI2CA. Bottle # 114, 04-05 vintage. Pours dark black with a brown head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and vineous standard stout aromas. There is vanilla and oak in the flavor and it is very dry. Roasted malts give it much of the strong character it posesses. A vineous character introduces a little fruityness which flows into the bit of alcohol and drops you off right infront of the very dry finish. Itís a nice beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from Jan 06 Indy gathering at BW3 downtown - Winter 04-05 vintage - Aroma is chocolate malt, coffee, black licorice, and brown sugar. Pours black with nice brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with sweet chocolate taking control of the tongue. Palate is creamy and smooth. Quite tasty.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 750ml bottle from CQuiroga. Pours a dark black color with a bubbly, fizzy brown head. Nose is roasty and hazlenut. Taste contains a ton more roast and lots of hazlenut. Some dark chocolate flavors come in. Snuggles your tongue as it goes down, very smooth and thick. Lots of brown sugar and molasses. Exellent roast and hazlenut flavors and scents.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of Noah (htsprint1). Enjoyed on the evening of Edwardís (brooklynboy) surprise tasting alongside 25 other highly rated stouts. Not sure of the vintage date, Iím assuming this year. Onto the beer: Classic California style notes on the aroma with plenty of hops underlying the roasted grain. More of the same on the palate, although thereís an immediately noticeable funkiness and sourness thatís not desirable. Almost a passion fruit like note that I donít approve of in an imperial. However, the rest is well done; thereís plenty of coffee and molasses to go around. Rather good mouthfeel and a solid finish. Thanks, Noah!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Solana Beach location. All I can say is WOW! Like Old Rasputin with a little more alcohol bite. Liked it so much I got a growler.