theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 <<RE-RATE 29-Feb-08>>
Re-rating this as part of re-rate day, 2008! 22 oz. bottle, 2006 Vintage, purchased at some convenience store in San Diego, I forget the name. Pour is midnight black with a think, gorgeous tan head. A few carbonation bubbles break through. Beautiful beer. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee notes, dark chocolate and some alcohol heat. Taste is more of the roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, some soy and the alcohol heat. There is almost a wine like taste to this beer. The hop bitter bite to the finish I remember has mellowed out quite a bit. Still present, but very rounded into the finish. Palate is medium thick, and a bit oily. It was a lot of fun to re-rate this beer, since it was in my top ten - interesting to evaluate again since it was one of my first ratings. This is still a great beer, and near the top of my list, but I don’t think I would put it quite as high as it was. I will use this new rating. 8,5,9,4,18 (4.4)
<<ORIGINAL RATING 18-Oct-06>>
2006 Bomber. Fantastic beer. Fully black, fairly small head that dissipates quickly. Slight smoke, bit of chocolate, very malty. Touch of hop, which I love in stout. Excellent beer. This beer was the reason I joined Ratebeer. 9,5,9,5,18 (4.6)
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with gputty. Thanks Geoff! Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is smooth, slightly sweet and complex. The flavors of anise and currents are faintly smokey and balanced so that it finishes with a nice well planned subtle bitterness. An excellent Imperial Stout!
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
favourite beer every, ultimate in breakfast beer. had about a year abo but soo soo good, dark choc, lots of malt, so rich, every drop ios soo good
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage. Pours almost motor oil black with a dark brown / orange head that leaves quickly. The aroma has roasted malt, viniousness, alcohol warmth and bits of vanilla. Medium / full body with a light amount of carbonation. The taste has some roasted malt, vanilla and hops. Smooth texture with some alcohol warmth. The finish has a bit of funky malt, woody hops and hints of anise. As its gets further down the glass the beer gets richer and dark chocolate comes into the mix. This is a fine imperial stout, but I can’t see how this is a top 25 beer.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at Andy’s Corner Bar. Thick and black with a tan/light brown head. Aroma is of heavy roast, chocolate, alcohol...Taste is roasty and bitter up front, tons of malt in the middle with smoky notes, some alcohol in the middle and finish. Dark and mysterious, like a Russian Imperial Stout should be. world class beer.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours tar with thin tan head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, powdered sugar. Flavor is the same and also coffee, molasses, and smokey.
OldMrCrow (2404) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle tasted October ’06.
Pours a viscous black, not much head. There’s a huge roasty aroma here, chocolate and coffee, a bit of agar, some alcohol. In addition to the dominant chocolate and coffee components, the flavor hits plum and black cherry, and brings in an interesting suite of flavors reminiscent of bananas flambe.The beer lacks the intoxicating sweetness of e.g. Old Rasputin, and the finish is quite strongly hopped, at this 6-month age maybe a bit overly so for my personal taste . The beer is not terribly hot, though the alcohol does come out in the flavor.
If I hadn’t come to this beer with exceptionally high expectations, I would have been very impressed. Instead, I’m if anything mildly disappointed, in that I don’t find this one as appealing as e.g. Old Rasputin or Speedway. Still, it’s clearly a very well crafted beer and not one to scoff at under any circumstance.
TimLewis33 (1) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have 2004 and 2005 brewings of this. I just had a 2005 recently. I took it out of the fridge and let it warm up for a while before opening. Like everyone says, it’s thick and very dark with little head. What do you expect?
When I started to drink it, it was still a little too cold. When too cold, you get a lot of fruit notes in it that taste more like black cherry or plums that have gone off a bit. After letting it sit and warm up a little, I started to get more of the chocolate and coffee flavors. There is so much going on that the alcohol content gets lost. Stone says serve at 55 degrees, but I think that’s a little low. It needs to be pretty warm before you really get all the flavors working together nicely. When you do, though, this is one hell of a good stout. The funny thing is, I’m pretty sure that when I drank them together, I like the 2004 better than the 2005. Now I’m going to have to break one of those out just to make sure.
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bouteille de 660 ml, de la par de richlikebeer. Coulleur terre cuite extrèmement foncé, mince collet. Arome de malte chocolaté et de café fort. Très bon goût de café mocha fort, avec une touche d’épice.
Anathama (2) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours like motor oil, tastes like heaven, this stuff makes guinness look like budweiser. This is my favorite beer of all time (so far) Rich, thick, creamy, flavorful, but not too bitter... simply perfection. (much better than alesmiths speedwaystout IMNSHO)