MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle. Pours jet black, decent tan head, this is what a stout should look like. Aroma is malty, some vanilla and spices, very pleasant but not strongly potent. Flavor is wow!, rich, deep malt flavor, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, coffee, earthy notes, so much is going on yet everything has its place and its say in the overall flavor. Some alcohol bite creeps into the finish, though all the flavors stick around forever. Very smooth, rich and supple mouthfeel. This beer is the real deal, Iím going to let a few bottles age some more to satisfy my curiosity but this is a superb beer.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours an intense black colour and builds a big, brown-coloured, frothy head. One can see the thickness of the body, while pouring it. The first aroma impressions are chocolate, lots of it, a fruitiness that I would describe as dark cherries, and coffee. The first sips reveal a melange of chocolate and coffee that reminds of choco-moccacino. Behind that lies roastmaltiness, sweetness and fruity flavours like blackcurrant and dark cherries. Ends alcoholic (of the vineous variety) and leaves a bitter-chocolate aftertaste. Very full-bodied with a creamy-thick texture. I really loved this beer. I would not say itīs perfect, because Itīs very demanding and extreme, and it took me some while to finish the bottle, but still one of the best beers Iīve had.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tiny tan head. Chocolate taste with average hop aftertaste, not as hoppy as i was hoping for. Slight alcohol taste. Great stout, but this has nothing on Storm King.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet Black, small tan head that disappeared. It really coats the glass as you swirl it. Very strong aroma of coffe, alcohol, cherries, hint of chocolate. Very heavy feel, very rich flavor. Weighty and coating, long aftertaste. Flavor is somewhat unidimensional, bitter coffee, alcohol, some licorice and maybe some chocolate. Good beer, man, good beer.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with a small brown head. Sweet, sugary nose with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is bitter. Very bitter. Has touches of coffee, soy souce, alcohol, and chocolate cake.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is slow, with a thick body that is pitch black with no head, a very taunting, intimidating look about it. Aroma is intense: licorice, cherries, espresso, cocoa, and lots of alcohol. The flavor echoes the aroma, as it starts with a sweet, fruity rush followed by an incredibly sharp, bitter coffee punch. As the beer approaches room temperature, the burnt coffee becomes a dominant feature. Absolutely a killer brew, I look forward to the next release.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally able to get ahold of this thing on oh my was it worth the wait. Dark in colour with a very warm and soothing nose full of chocolatey malts and hops, the taste is quick with alcohol and hops. Very very enjoyable and not nearly as rough as I think some of their stuff can be.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black stout with a deep fruity chocolate and hops in aroma, and alcohol., almost like Cherry Blossoms. Deep sweet cherries dipped in alcohol and coated with chocolate. Hops well balanced thoughout. Excellent offering.(Sept. 2004)
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Deep chocolate aroma, with the usually roasted malts and a very slight hoppiness. Starts out smooth, chocolatey in the mouth, then the alcohol kicks in. The thickest beer Iíve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Can taste it long after itís gone.
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess that most imperials arenít my bag. This one was reminscent of EKU 28, a strong sweet burnt alcohol flavor. I drank the 22 in 3 hours +. But after the first snifter, my taste buds were almost useless from being overpowered. It is a early summer 2004 release, maybe needs to age a bit. For now Iíll stick with my buddy Rasputin