Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3 ( you the F*&^% Man)
A- Hops,Dark Fruit, Chocolate
Ap- Black, light mocha head, not much light gets through this beer.
F- Very astringent, very hoppy given the style, some coffee, chocolate
P- Was thin and unsetteling.
Overall- A solid brew, but very overated.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from WisconsinBeer, bottle 223, shared with some others. Beautiful pour on this, with a thick, fairly pale head. Odd aroma, beaty and vegetal, very stale coffee, Flavor is nutty, more veggies, with a strong coffee finish. At times this drinks great and at others its pretty boring and flawed. Doesnít have the massiveness of Dark Lord nor the nuances of, say, Southampton IS or a British IS. This really fails to be the great beer I thought it would be.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate: 2007 bottle No. 009 thanks to Chad.
Opaque black, viscous and oily with a thin-ish but very well behaved tan head and lace. Loads of fun to pour, you can get it to do whatever you want it to. Incredible aroma of chicory, awesome coffee, big hoppage (however much Chad says itís not enough) and some INCREDIBLE tarry malt. Rubbery as hell, the full car tyre, bready, woody, roasty and toasty with some slight ethanol but god I love it. Delicate hints of pepper and sourness right at the top really make it. A stunning smell. Flavour... oh, my, GOD. Itís rare these days for me to not know where to start but I really donít. Awesome balance and finesse but itís still HUGE. In fact the balance is pretty much spot on. Chad prefers it with the big hops but as far as I can tell, with age this has mellowed into something that is utterly sublime. Mellow is not quite the right word as this is far from restrained. Massive thick black coffee, awesomely rich, superb chocolate with some utterly outstanding hops that leave a hardcore resinous sting on the finish making this something really really special indeed. Utterly unreal balance of sweet coffee chocolate and bitter resinous hops round it all off. The rubbery notes are the best I have experienced. The stinging, tangy, bitter aftertaste is beyond my powers of description and the gorgeous hint of sourness coupled with the prickly sting from the alcohol is just a stunning experience. Iíve had probably half of the bottle now and I could still waffle on further. F**k me, what a beer. Chad you seriously kick ass mate. I owe ya one.
joet (1991) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful idea of an ultimate beer. Giant hops, strong but clear chocolate flavors, a fine textured body, aromatic, not too strong/alcoholic. Very well put together -- flawlessly bright, clean and clear without anything fuselly, dusty, phenolic, soy saucey or other common big beer flaws.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Bottle obtained in a trade i shared with BrianK. Pours jet black with no color hues and a dark tan head. Aroma is very misleading for an imperial stout, wait 80 ibuís what is this beer? A double ipa with chocolate malt, you tell me. Flavor is rich with chocolate at first then quickly turns into a pine floral hop finish. It works, its quite good when you give up your exceptions of a big malty imperial stout. Very complex but nevertheless no quite what i was expecting but not a disappointment either. 4.0
Bottle 2008 offering.
Bottle. Pours a viscous black body with a dark oily tan cascading head. Sweet with rich molasses and a noticeable hop bitterness. Earthy floral hoppiness. Over ripe fruit. Big etoh but well masked by the hop character. 4.1
Bottle 2009 offering.
Bottle thanks to Eugene, thanks man. Pours a black body with a thick cascading head and a rich coffee toned head. Hoppy aroma bitter roasted hop tones coffee esk with some mild viney and earth y herbal hop resins. Sticky citrus and chocolate malts with a modest warming. A nice hoppy stout. 4.0
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber with a huge thanks to Dmac for sharing this treat. Black with a small creamy tan head. Really nice piney/grapefruit hop aroma mixed with dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. I really wish there were more hoppy imperial stouts like this one. The flavor of the citrus hops combine seamlessly with the roasted malts. Add in some chocolate, a bit of coffee and also some tropical fruits and you have one delicious beer.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared by I forget at the cuvee de tomme release....good stuff. lives up to the name colorwise....tastewise it is a bit smoky and a good but not great imp stout....not worth the hype in my opinion.....want to try another bottle though
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the February Northern California Beer Tasting. OK This beer is worthy of the hype. And thanks to Garret for sharing this gem. This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color from the bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, raisins, coffee, vanilla, molasses and dark fruit. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and roasty malt. The hops are earthy. There is a lot going on in this beer, very complex, yet each of the flavor components seems to blend together well. Very rich and smooth. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle number 082. Pours pitch black into a schott zwiesel glass with a dark tan head at 51-52 degrees fahrenheit. Smells like alcohol, hops, earth, and a slight roasted malt sweetness. Has a medium mouthfeel with some carbonation. Taste has a chocolate character, is hoppy, sweet, smooth, creamy, coffee, licorice, with a side of dark fruit. This beer looks good in my schott zwiesel glass. Overall, a nice brew all around. I think I had this one built up in my head to be something more than it was. It was still a great brew to try.
kramer (4359) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, shared by acrdz. Pours a pitch black body with a nice foamy dark brown head. Nice roasty nose with some burnt malt and light alcohol. It took on a little more of a maple surgar character as it warmed. Heavily roasted malt with lots of coffee and moderate hop bittterness. Not a whole lot of bitterness from the malt, which I liked. Finished with a slight salty note. Kinda reminds me of a burnt steak. Mouthfeel is soft and gentle with prefect carbonation, slightly oily in texture. Overall, a really great beer, not a cookie cutter Imperial Stout.