OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
All the good beers at Columbus tasting V and I got to choose #2000.. And I think I chose the right one - Growler from hellomynameis! - Thanks! - Poured Black with a pretty nice sized mocha head. Aroma of big citrus and pine hops over chocolate and coffee with a ton of big roasted notes. Flavor is coffee, roasted malts,citrus and a good dose of chocolate. This is a monster beer... Palate was oily with soft carbonation big body and silky smooth in the mouth.. What a fantastic beer!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer poured a thick and oily black with a decent sized creamy brown head. The beer leaves a golden brown film on the glass. The roasty aroma had big notes of milk and dark chocolate. Some smokey character and a hint of alcohol was present as well. The flavor was of sweet roasty malt and some light fruitiness. the finish had a good amount of bitterness that cuts and helps to balance the failrly sweet flavor. Full bodied and almost syrupy. Dry finish and a nice warming sensation in the chest.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a deep brown/black hue with no head.Aromas of tobbacco, licorice,herbs/ginseng. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Flavors of esspresso,chocolate, anise,and again, a hint of licorice. nice mellow finish without being overly sweet or thick
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 Bottle from moejuck. Black with burgundy hue. Smells of roasted malts and hops. The taste semi sweet with nice floral hops mingeling with currants and the roasted malts. Smooooth and creamy. This is a very hoppy IM stout but somehow I like it. Full bodied and silky texture.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hand-bottle courtesy of Moejuck! Poured black as night into my snifter with a well-rehearsed, slow-rising dense caramel head... only catch was that it didnít last for very long... leaving a beige film and loose bubbles around the edges. The aroma was very good but tough to decipher... burnt dark chocolate and milder espresso beans, black currants, molasses, and soft pine tickle the nose hairs... not a hint of alcohol comes through. Once this hits the mouth it is pure black gold... thick as molasses from the first touch and (dare I say it) graceful and thoroughly-coating thereafter... leaving a satisfying stickiness long after I was done drinking. The taste department found all that is good in a powerful stout... roasted-almost-to-the-point-of-being-burnt bakerís chocolate, softer, sweeter cocoa to balance it out, espresso bitterness, piney west-coast hoppage remniscent of Storm King, a little bit of char, and freshly-oozed molasses... the interplay of the more-than-full malt component and ample, complementary hops is nothing short of exquisite. Now I sit to bask in the remnants of the warm, sticky, roasty, and piney finish.. aaahhhh... Thanks a million, Joe!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a black with a dark maple brown hue. A dark tan, soapy head fades out into a gentle cap and leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy pine, and oakiness up front followed by molasses, caramel, and cocoa. Sort of reminds me of Storm King with the hoppiness up front.
Taste is of cocoa, sugar, molasses, and plentiful of citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, lingering of chocolate, bitter, and mildly astringent.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Rerate, another footbalm hand-bottle shared by cquiroga on 2/8/07: Pours a viscous oily opaque with a nice;y-lacing brown head. Aroma boasts huge American hops with lots of sweet caramelized malt sugars and big dark chocolate. Full, sweet rich body has a great balance of fresh flavor hops and sweet dense malt with good plum and date complexity with a slightly earthy, more bitter roasty dark chocolate coffee finish. I donít know why I didnít taste all the hops the first time I had it, but this is surely a great beer.
Hand-bottle big thanks to footbalm sampled on 1/6/07: Pours an opaque black with viscous dark brown edges and a thin, frothy, wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet oats and earthy dark caramel malts with some dark fruity and raisiny complexity along with dark chocolate undertones and a hint of smoke and soy. Starts rich, full and caramely malty sweet with some earthy waterchestnuts and a touch of brown sugar and plums. Finishes mildly roasty, smoky and dark chocolaty. Very well-balanced, complex, and enjoyable. An excellent imperial stout!
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hughe Fíing thanks to Hopdog for sharing this gem. Poured a very dark thick body with a good sixe head. Looked great in the glass. Aroma is so freaking hoppy. Smelled like a Double IPA, seriously this did not smell like a stout. Piney, grassy aroma. Smokey smooth taste. Taste is of malt, chocolate, and hops. Alcohol is present in the taste. Resembles a sherry. Great stout. I need to get more...
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled sample acquired in trade with footbalm (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with brown edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of strong pine, chocolate, smoke, and some dark fruits. Lots of hops in the aroma. Tastes of dark fruits, pine, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and more hops. One of, if not the most hoppy Imperial Stouts Iíve had (which for me is not a bad thing). I would even go as far to call this a dark IPA! Had a light alcohol finish. Nice smooth and easy drinking body.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 2007 Rating:
I bumped up the aroma score to a 10. This beer is absolutely divine. I would love to see how this and dark lord stack up to each other, hopefully in a side by side tasting.
On tap at the blue nile. Thankfully Al (Pigfoot) still carries this supposedly amazing stuff which is becoming hightly sought after. Letís see if this beer holds up to the hype itís receiving. Looks the part of an imperial stout. Pitch black, no light is getting in here. Itís like going in a dark cave where you canít see even a few inches in front of you. If you can reach the surface, youíll only be drowning in a sea of tan bubbles. Okay, the smell is on the hoppy side, and they almost completely take over any malt. This should be right up this hopheads alley! Taste is unforgetable. High hops make this a favorite in the style. However, chocolate, raisin, soy, and cherry malts really balance out the hoppiness and make this an extraordinary brew. I think Iíve said it before, but the hoppy aspect of this beer makes it extremely inviting. Excellent stuff and IMO it lives up to the hype itís received! On a side note, the alcohol is barely detected. Thanks again Al, for having this yummy elixir still available. And thanks to Islay for keeping me company. A true treat indeed and one you should definitely get your hands on. Top 10, I donít know, but definitely top 25. Surly really impresses me...I canít wait to taste their 1 year anniversary beer which comes out next.
Total Score: 4.6