Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Bottle. Black with tan head. Strong coffee aroma with come chocolate and caramel coming thru. The taste was smooth with oats and coffee mainly. Medium body. Smooth mouthfull. Thanks goes to shp555 for the bottles.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from jimbowood - thanks! Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste of coffee, caramel, roasty malt. Drip coffee finish with a touch of smoke.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Excellent brew. Appearance is very dark with a dark creamy head. Nose contains coffee, chocolate, and hops. Flavor is also of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and some vanilla. Finishes with warming affect and bitter chocolate.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick, rich black with a hazy light brown head. Smells of vanilla, oatmeal, and smooth caramel. Very nice. Just a lovely rich imperial stout. Heavy caramel vanilla flavor. Roasty malts and a touch of chocolate make up the end. This brew is very creamy and is smooth from start to finish. I can drink this one all the time. Not really any flaws.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via quagmite and drewbeerme, thanks guys! Pours inky black with a minimal tan colored head. Aroma is bitter coffee, roasted malt, some choclate. Flavor is the same. Palate is full bodied, mildly carbonated, bitter finish. Kick you in the nuts coffee flavor and aroma is nice but a little one dimensional, still excellent though.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to several people for bottles and also tried on tap... rating from a 2006 bottle. Poured a medium-viscocity black with not much head sticking around. Aroma picked up an array of dark malts with an overriding aire of soy.. very good coffee presence and dark chocolates.. some milkier chocolate and oats emerge with warmth.
Flavor picked up rich medium-roast coffee, dark and milkier chocolates, and the soy again at the finish. Medium-heavily bodied with some grainy feel and bitterness from the coffee. Solid beer, but didn’t much care for the soy (don’t recall that flavor from having this on tap).
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 On draft at Tyler’s, Durham, NC. Having had this several times in bottles, I was delighted to try the tap version. Same huge coffee aroma, same inky body, and - alas - same mouthfeel. I was hoping for something a bit more viscous and creamy, as I feel that suits this beer’s many virtues. But hey, this is still a really enjoyable offering.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee and spice. Taste is of espresso and chocolate with some underlying sweetness.
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Boboski. Poured like black gold with small esspresso color head. Aromas of dark molasses, bitter chocolate and black coffee; taste had resinating black coffee on the back of the tongue with slight biter alcohol overtones. As it warmed, richer coffee and dark roasted barley came through. Amazingly med/light body with such a thick appearance in pour.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jasonmech77 for this longtime resident of my BeerList. Deep rusty black body with noticeable carbonation and a soapy deep tan head with an oily fade. Aroma of green and roasted coffee beans, green squash, and alcohol. Flavor is creamy sweet with medium roasty bitterness and light coffee acidity. Has some green grassy qualities. Nice array of dark malts emerge as it warms. Fizzy, mouthfilling carbonation and an oily texture. Overall this is good, but not great.