Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 330 ml bottle. Deep brown pour randomly patched with wisps of grey foam, and surrounded by a glassy cabernet hue on the rim. Raisin, fig, pineapple, and mango in a sweet, tropical aroma, dug into baker’s chocolate, wheat dough, and red licorice. Deep. Black cherry liqueur opens up with a syrupy alcoholic texture and a sweetened tannic pungency; lightly medicinal and charred. Meaty and rich; much like a dark-roasted sumatran coffee with lots of acidity and prune-like thickness.
Acrid, burnt, dark roast coffee with random marks of mint and bubblegum sweetness, rubbing the surface of the tropical fruits in a dust of turbinado and processed sugar. Simplistic rough bitterness of an earthy and aspirin stripe seems to show the flaws of the yeast presence or at least the unhappiness of its integration. More palatable forms of sweetness derived of oak linger in the mid-palate, but the tones of vanilla become somewhat chemical, plasticky, and too candy-like quite quickly.
Syrupy, fat palate is softly carbonated; stricken with a full sweet-hot metallic tang that’s quite abrasive. Some surprising, soft floral bittersweetness precedes an uncomfortable medicinal syrup in a weighty finish. Every precaution being taken in settling the bottle and in pouring makes me wonder what the difference between these imported bottles and the draft samples everyone seems so hot for might be. Thanks Ty!
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Are you kidding me? This beer deserves it’s rating. I honestly feel this is the best stout I’ve had. Better than darklord and speedway. I would like to compare this against darkness. So if anyone would like to give me a sample so I can probally end up saying this is better than darkness. This has it all coffee, spice, caramel, and sweet undertone that makes you want more. This is the best I’ve had. I tried not to like this beer.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large light brown head with good retention and just a little spotty lacing. A black bodied brew. Nose of dark fruits, faint roast, chocolate thats milky and a tad dusty with the alc. showing as it warms. Body is medium, airy and silky smooth, lovely. Lotsa chocolate, roast flavors, light coffe notes and maybe a hint of pine, dark fruits and a touch of molasses. Nicely roasty, fruity finish. Highly drinkable! Surprised me with this one! Props to oldstylecubfan for the bottle, very nice indeed!
railcat1 (672) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very different type IPS with hints of chocolate and coffee with some bitter finish and a strnage belgian taste to it but i like the different twist to it ,it is hard to describe but it was sort of sour in the finish and a bit of hops in there overall not to bad but different.CHEERS!
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Bottle at home. Black - brown head. Nice but a bit wierd - I can smell and taste some pineapple, and it ruins the experience a bit !! Burned, sweetness, light hoppy, berries, syrup, chocolate, alcoholic, vinous, light carbonation. It is very nice, not overdone, but a bit strange as I mentioned....I finally forund out what I found strange, and now it ruins the experience for me - it is youghurt !!!
Defreni (2217) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flaske. Fantastisk syn. Sort øl med et overdådigt skum der ligner en perfekt lavet cafe latte. Duften er en smule tilbagetrukket og kræver en del at få frem, men den er der diskret kageduft. Smagen er super, diskret brændte noter og en del chokolade. Alkhoholen er komplet gemt væk indtil det allersidste hvor den diskret træder frem. Helt igennem et mesterværk der fuldt ud lever op til hypen.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Generously shared by sloth from the bottle. The pour was pretty typical for an imperial stout, although it did resemble the larger bubble carbonation of what I associate with Black Belgians. The aroma was vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, and some sort of a styrofoam chemical type thing that I’ve had before in some beers, perhaps a specific spice or something? The flavor was vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, and some touch of coffee with a finish of gentle piney hops keeping things pretty clean. Combined with the mouthfeel (full but airy, light, dry) made this perhaps the most drinkable impy stout I’ve had to-date - not many that I would sit back and drink on a hot day in the summer, but this was almost there: smooth. But, as much as I enjoyed this and would love to return to it one day when it hits the States more officially, I have no idea how it got to be 5th overall on the site at the time of rating? Either way, a great big thanks to my good beer drinking pal, Bert. His generosity is incredible!
MadIndian (2218) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Black pour with a good size beige head. Good lacing. Aroma was that of dark chocolate and dark fruits and vanilla. A dark chocolate and cocoa taste with a roast and hoppy finish. It was odd but very good..
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours dark with a one and a half creamy light tan head. Aroma of belgian spices, dark chocolate, and mild roast. The flavor is sweet dark chocolate, spices, roast, caramel, with lively carbonation, and a good body. Very smooth, nicely done.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An outstanding "Belgian" Imperial Stout... very clean, chocolately, dark fruit, a hint of sourness from aging. Deceptively smooth for 13% ABV, and enough body to balance an extremely alcoholic beer. Very little head which falls quickly, little to no hop aroma or flavor but this is not a flaw since the dark malts carry enough bitterness. It is sweet and rich to be sure... a masterpiece!!!