beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black color with no head. Powerfull and rich aroma of fruity esters, alcohol and roasted malt. Assertive, decadent and delicious flavor of roasted malt, alcohol, fruits and biscuity malt, bitter finish. Very full body, liquorous mouthfeel, medium carbonation. While not particulary complex, this beer amazes me with its raw power and full body.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 2006 Vintage. Rated July 2006. Black body with a small quickly fading chocolate coloured head (3+). Muted oily roast and a sweetness accented by traces of nut and molasses undertones, particularly as it warms up. Sweet dark malt middle is sweet with extremely muted roasts, and an oily quality. Medium oily palate is lacking a bit of something to take it up a notch (3+). Very nice, but I think it suffers compared to my memory of it and direct comparisons with other beers on this night. 7/3+/7/3+/14-16 - 3.6<P>
2004 Vintage. Rated Nov-25-04 Black body, a vigourous pour yields a nice chocolate coloured head but can persuade it to stay. (3+) Muted roast, touch of coffee over some notes of alcohol and some dark chocolate. Would rate the aroma higher still if the alcohol was better concealed - that said at 10% its not as in your face as it could be. Flavour has an underlying sour acidity. Surprisingly well balanced with the hops providing a pleasant bitterness that shows up most prominantly in the finish. I found the roast to be very restrained, which I like. Palate is full bodied without being syrupy. Excellent. Thanks again for sharing this one Gunny. Random thought: I wonder if California ever gets turned into zombies, while everyone else is running around groaning "Brains!" will the beer geeks be going "Stoooone!" 7/3/8/4/20 - 4.2
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 A pitch black beer with a chocolate brown head. The aroma is totally dominated by coffee, with hints of chocolate and roasted malt in the background. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, chocolate, wood, and some hops - and a very dry roasted coffee end.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Poured black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasty, and alcohol. Flavor matched the aroma. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sweet with a big bitter back bone. Very warming. Full bodied. Sticky
fourway4 (4) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A great beer. The high alcolhol content is quite noticble at first, but the beer finishes up quite smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee flavors with a nice finish.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma was not extremely exciting, but still good. taste was much better. dark chocolate, some subtle berry taste, anise, dry alcohol finish. enjoyable. a good beer to enjoy in the winter and possibly spring as well.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was expecting a lot, but it came up short. Smelled of molasses and soy sauce. Looked super dark with a dark brown head. Tasted better than it smelled, though this ws far inferior to Old Rasputin and Expedition, in my opinion. Good, not great.
LiquidArrogant (1) - USA - NOV 20, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
frightful to pour because I’ve never had a beer look more like motor oil in my entire life, but a delight of the senses. heavy on the tongue but mystical to the mind.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
well, we have a bit of a disparity here. i really like it. and i only sort of like it. so there you go. i say the subtle aroma and caramelly coffee overtones were great. and i say it has a smoky aftertaste. in the important range of 18’s, this would be a 94/18... whatever that means. mmmm.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2003 bottle.
Pours dark brown almost black with a fine though disappearing brown head. Strong roasted aroma with coffee, cream and alcohol tones. Flavor is heavy and warming. Roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and plenty of hops. Bitter finish with citrusy tones. Indeed a suberp Imperial Stout from the coolest brewery in the world!!