porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draft @ brewpub) Sweet, sticky and hot...Pours very very dark brown with a thin brown head that recedes to a film. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, port and some booze. Mouthfeel smooth but rather thin. Definite stickiness in finish. Pretty nice lacing. Flavor is semi-sweet and bitter chocolate with some coffee roast and port-like notes. Some light hints of plum perhaps or cherry. Finishes with a bit of a bitter hit. Quite hot, like their wheat wine, but doesn’t detract too much from the drinkability.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this gem. At this point of the night, things are getting a little fuzzy for me, but here goes. Dark black with a dark rich head. Lots of milk chocolate/cocoa sweetness over rich sweet malts. Light plumminess behind the heavy rich chocolate. Dark caramel and a lingering heavy roast. Lovely beer.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much thanks to grassrootsVT for sharing this long time wish list item...
Appears a near black/dark brown with a tan head that slowly fades out into a mild floating head of foam and a light collar. Scattered spots of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of black grapes, roasted nuts, cocoa, and mild vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice play on the fruity, roasty, cocoa mix.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with cocoa sticking around, light smoke, with a chewy fudginess.
We should’ve had this before the Dark Knight Returns b/c it was hard to top that intense beauty, which has held up nicely.
beastiefan2k (2644) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar brought this to his gathering at JoeMcphee’s place. Now what makes this beer really good is that it was opened at the end of the night and it was still good. Usually one’s palate is so warped that no Imperial anything can taste good but not with this beer. Black body with strong brown head. Aroma is very roasty, espresso and charcoal. Taste is sweet chocolate biscuit. Some molasses flavors. A very nice sweet beer but not over the top. Hot cocoa like aftertaste. A medium body that is extremely quaffable. It’s like popping bon-bons, I could just keep on drinking this.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Deep obsidian with a ruby glimmer. Dense ring of beige bubbles. Blackcurrants, ink and licorice accompany the strong port wine aromatics. Silky body with gentle pricks of carbonation. Opens with an extremely soft concentration of ink-doused currants which are cut by a deeply blackened malt undertow. Prominently sweet and the body is considerably limp despite the robustness of the char and hop bitterness. Oak imparts substantial caramelized notes which enrich the charred malt. Harsh minerals lend an overbearing chalkiness which clashes with the already brisk oak and char.
Finishes richly meaty and portlike, with trailing notes of burnt fruitcake drizzled with liquefied licorice. Oak deposits a dusty dryness that lingers. A pleasingly authentic replication, overall, but I find the flavor to be a bit too sweet and the aroma is fairly oxidized.
Pretty dag gone good, considering.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared with several Quebecois and one other drunk American at tiggmtl’s going away party in Montreal, from a New Belgium glass. Opaque ebony with a thick, dark tan slow-receding head....luscious chocolate-caky aroma, with caramel and liqueur touches making for something much like tiramisu, spiked with a touch of anise; grapiness shows up on more nosings and detracts a bit....very, very sweet on the tongue, no alcohol apparency whatsoever, lightly fruity (dates, plums) with some nice roast at midpalate becoming fairly intense towards the finish....with greater warmth, the fruitiness evaporates largely and full-on roasty bitterness takes over....low, natural carbonation, thick lightly oily mouthfeel.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from porterhouse. Yeahhh Boy!! Dark brown with tan lacing type head. Aroma of dark fruits,dark chocolate,and strong roasted malts. The taste was the same but really picked up after it warmed. Thick mouthful. Slick and oily on the palate. Bitter sweet chocolate/coffee finish.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour reveals a pitch black color with a ring of light brown lace on top. Very good aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very good, there’s a rich roasted malt with chocolate and fruity esters. The palate is solid too, the body is full with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. A very fine imperial stout.
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler drunk with the Montreal crew on 8/27/06. About 3 weeks old at serving, stored extremely cold prior to drinking.
At first I’m worried about the carbonation, but slowly, a rich, dark-tan head cascades down in to the liquid and slowly builds until it is sitting pretty about a finger high above the liquid, very dense and rather well-retained. Unfiltered body is utter black, nearly-opaque. Minor lacing.
Slight glimpses of char in the nose before becoming fruity and moderately vinous. Strong aroma. Oily, almost dry smokey-like with some juicy prunes. Deep, resiny-juicy hops definitely provide bitterness and battle the roasted barley that mounts a fair assault on the senses. Through it all, some minimally sweet baker’s chocolate gives it a bit more approachability and with warming, melds in to a lovely, creamy-sweet chocolate syrup and vanilla cream note. Quite varied and certainly concentrating on the dark side, which I guess goes without saying, but for all of the char, roast, vinousness, baker’s chocolate and deep, bitter hops, I wasnt put-off, not too much anyways (it is still quite strong).
Body is unrelenting. From the massively unfiltered, chewy, creamy, thick, rich malt and fair amount of residual sugars, to the low, engaging carbonation, it just about wraps around and strangles the tongue. Creamy, but with enough char and bitter chocolate to prevent syrupiness, it descends on to the palate, with some oily, tar-and-resin-like bitterness, balanced by chocolatey-sweet malts. Powerful, not something to be drunk quickly (screw it, I did anyways, it’s not so bad). Peanut skins, minor astringent roastiness, a touch of fuselic warmth, but well-buried beneath the layers of oil, tar, cake and chocolate. Wow, decadent, but complex enough as to ward off being too overdone in any one area.
egajdzis (5456) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Poured an opaque brownish red / black color with a thin, light tan head, that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, light vanilla bean, nuts, chocolate, and smoke. Taste of more dark, roasted malts, light dried fruits, smoked malts, and a bit alcohol in the finish.