Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with red glints and no head to speak of. Aroma is dark fruit, bitter chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is espresso coffee, bitter chocolate, figs and dark rum. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this monster beer but it is by no means overpowering. Nicely done.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome pour, thick, jet black, creamy, with beautiful tan/reddish tinted head. Aroma is roasted malts with some licorice and expresso. Pallate is thick, and taste is creamy, chocolate, malty, impy stout goodness. tough to finish a bottle, because my stomach was full from dinner, though i definitely wasnt gonna pour any out.
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black, motor-oil. Wonderful aroma: Coffee, licoroce, anise, slight chocolatey and dark berries. Flavour is big licoricey, bitter chocolate with notes of coffee and black currant. Enormously big mouthfeel, still quite rounded(I reckon this is a reasonably fresh bottle). Ultra-long finish.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. pours black with very slight dark brown head. full flavored with roasted malt and coffee. gets alot better as it warms up in temperature. a very good beer.
Tmoney99 (13259) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz Bottle. Poured dark black with a average light brown creamy head. Aroma was moderate roasted malt with a nutty tone. Flavor was a complex heavy roasted malt, coffee and long heavy sweet finish. Full body with a light alcohol bite. Good brew.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22 oz bottle: $3.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) This is the 2004 bottling, aged in my dark, air-conditioned beer cellar (i.e., my bedroom) for over a year. This is perhaps the most purely malty Imperial Stout I can remember tasting, the maltiness actually beats out the roastiness in an arm wrestling match. Chocolate is a major contributor as well. It’s also very sweet, sugary sweet actually, and I think a bit too sugary. Perhaps aging this beer isn’t the best thing as the hops still has presence, but the beer almost seems out of balance at this point. Full bodied, sticky, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Intensely sweet, malty and chocolaty, smells like it’s the final course (i.e., dessert). Fairly alcoholic nose as well. The beer is an extremely dark brown, but not quite black, and fully opaque. Dark tan head is fairly small and fades away to almost nothing, but I’ve seen much better head size and retention with this beer during previous sessions. At some point in the future, I’ll rerate this beer with a fresh bottle to do a direct comparison with an aged bottle.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2003. Almost pitch black body with a small light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with chocolate and coffee notes. Rather sweet flavor with chocolate notes and some coffee bitterness in the finish.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Vintage 2003. Black colour with no head. Sweet roasted malty coffee liquorice light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.
mjg74 (2961) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2005 2004. Very excited about tracking a bottle of this stuff down. Pours a pitch black color. Looks rather thick. Strong creamy sweet aroma. Slightly milky smelling. A touch of alcohol is present as well. Sweet up front with a a creamy mouthfeel. Subtle hop character. Most of the alcohol is present right up front. Finish is mostly roasted malts. Some alcohol in the finish. Lingering roasted flavor. Excellent.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2003. Pours black with no head. The nose is delicious, with notes of liquorice, coffee, smoke and chocolate. Sweet flavour with notes of coffee, roasted malt and liquorice. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Great beer!