adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a pitch black color with an extremely thick beige head. Aroma is of roasted coffee beans, fresh malt and dark rich chocolate. Taste is very bitter yet smooth with a roasted coffee dominance. Dark chocolate,malts and smoked flavor are prominent. Excellent !!
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - MAR 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
jet black with a nice brown head. coffee and roasty nuts aroma and flavor. full bodied, it is rich and bitter. nice brew.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle black pour , small tan head , good lace . good coffee / dark fruit aroma. thin palate , nice flavor of sweet to bitter chocolate, leaves a little dry and a sort of smoky taste .. good stuff
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Obviously black and opaque beer. Thin beige head. Burnt roast aroma. Malty roast flavor. Leaves a sweet, dark fruit like and then bitter finish. There is a little body, it tries to have some substance before thinning out. Defintely not a bottle of motor oil. No alcohol bite. This bottle has been aged for at least a year.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light dark brown film covers the opaque black robe. Dark malts offer powdered cocoa and rooty roasted earthiness as well as anise flavours that evolve into a sweet and malty taste. Well disposed malts could use further vinous/fruity leanings, but the roastiness level is most satisfying, procuring a dry-out effect to the otherwise brown sugar like sweetness. Limited hop presence, no acidity, just the balanced interplays of dark malts. The carbonation feels right, supporting the medium body with adequate malty roundness, if not as thick as some.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer greets the nose with an aroma consisting of malt, smoke, nuts, and chocolate. It is dark dark brown colored with a thick brown head. This beer enters the mouth thick and heavy with a taste consisting of smoke and mild hint of tar. The smoky taste lingers long after the beer has left the mouth.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours the usual brown with a tan head. Smells of vanilla, cocoa, sweet chocolate, coffee, some figs. Taste is roasted with some bitter chocolate and fruity notes popping through. Finish is sweet and unbalanced.
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of IMtheOptimator via trade. Big malty aroma. Lots of chocolate with light vanilla, lighter caramel, and the slightest hints of coffee. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. Flavor is the opposite of the aroma. Quick maltiness of chocolate and caramel is quickly overtaken by a strong coffee finish. Leaves a cafe mocha aftertaste. As it sits and warms, maltiness increases a little and improves the flavor. A tad thin for an Imperial Stout.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to rater The_Beer_God for shipping this lovely elixir my way.
This was the third ratable beer of the night for Joey and Matt’s first annual Porter / Stout till you drop…
Poured a dense ink black body and an amazingly resilient dark tan head. The aroma and flavor is a mass of toffee and chocolate malts; sweeter hints of raisin and then bitterness of prune in the beginning... Light notes of toffee and molasses but most abundant were suggestions of mildly bitter chocolate and cold coffee. On the sweeter side of Imperial stouts but the bitterness does show itself in the arid finish, a remarkably creamy palate….. Overall a Slam Dunk for this Imp Stout!
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Matta for providing this brew late into the first installment of what will hopefully become a semi-regular tasting session.
Smelled of roasted malts, premium coffee and chocolate. Deep black with a goodly thick head. Nice balance of malt to hop. Smooth fore of choclolate and coffe melds smoothly into a creamy finish puncuated by a flourish of welcome bitterness. Very full and thick feel to it. Nicely freaking done guys.