marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes, it’s black with a beautiful fluffy tan head and a coffee aroma. The flavor has lots of chocolate, coffee and toffee, with an excellent alcohol trail. The hopping is nicely done, especially for a stout, leaving a pleasant bitterness on the palate. This is a great brew.
Enjoyit (3753) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black of color with a longlasting brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, coffee and sweet liqurice. A flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, coffee and a dry finish.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Mega thanks to MrChopin for this one. Tangy fruit aroma and flavor. Tobacco and a bit of sourness to balance the roasted malt flavors. Different RIS and very nice.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 With all the hype and the price, I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. Near black pour with big fluffy pinkish-tan head. Herbs, tobacco, a tinge of soy, cocoa, coffee, and roasted barley on the nose, and added cinnamon on the tongue as well as dark stewed fruits. Prunes? Neither overly boozy nor thick given the ABV. Tasty.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big thanks to pilsnerpeter for sharing this one with me. Dark black beer and a thin amber head. Aroma is lightly herbal and salty. A bit of herbal/tobacco character. Flavour is pretty nice. Soft and cocoaish, toast but also a lot of harsh band-aidy flavour as well. Musty and lightly irony. Meh... this beer is intense and has a lot of stuff going on, but it just doesn’t work all that well. Yeast, phenolic and kind of nasty. I’d like to try it again, but I think this emperor has no clothes.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Cletus. Pours a reddish black hue with a tan collar. Aromas of chocolate, some coffee, some dark fruit, and I swear I got pepper on this. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and again some pepper. Palate was thin and boring, very low depth. I definitely want to try this again, as I really dont see what all the fuss is about, perhaps I missed something.
daknole (10838) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From cletus. Another great beer. Black pour. Aroma of roasted chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Flavor is roatsted and toasty with great chocolate notes. Very full flavor with notes of booze, molasses and dark dried fruits. winner.
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2008
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
the joy of the backlog. i tried this on two occasions here goes:
doesn(fuckingapostrophe)t smell good. i thought sour, lumpy summed it up well- smells like industrial strength cleaner- tastes a lot like windex, roasted windex with a bit of paint
3 2 2 1 8
think i have this in my notes already, pitch black w/a dark brown ring. smells like pepper and alcohol-rubbing alcohol. red pepper roasted barley and yeast does not a good beer make.
5 2 3 2 8
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from Crown Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a dark black impermeable color with a one finger frothy dark tan, milk chocolate head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is dark, roasted malts, some hints of coffee, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit, some cherry tartness, toffee, heavy cream. Flavor is also roasted and malty, very smooth, with light coffee and toffee notes and heavier notes of candy sugar, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit, caramel, some molasses, and slight hints of spice. Generally full body with a roasted malt finish. Nice Imp stout.
blutt59 (6473) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thinner black pour with tan head, aroma of coffee, burnt popcorn and fruit, taste is light belgian style stout with nice bright finish