Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pitch black beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong chocolate notes as well as lovely roasted malt notes, combined with light notes of coffee. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of chocolate and wood, as well as hints of vanilla. The end is dry.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle (2006), snifter. Jet, opaque black hue with a hard-to-coax-out moderate, creamy brown head. Hopefully an indication that this won’t be diasterously over-carbonated. There’s no fooling around in the aroma, a balance between huge sweet and bitter tones. Melted dark chocolate, creamed coffee and hints of toffee smell succulent. On the flip side, roasted malt, espresso and cocoa powder make it seem like an Imperial Dry Stout. The oats are slightly noticeable in the aroma along with undertones of anise, vanilla, brown sugar/molasses, toasted marshmallows and a somewhat smoky and sweet alcohol note that reminds me of good Irish Whisky. I suppose the aroma could be a little stronger but hell, it’s 8.1% not some 15% Quadrupel Imperial Stout Alcohol Fire Bomb. Sweet chocolate and toffee malts upfront with a light roasty bitterness. Slightly tingling acidity, but it doesn’t seem to get in the way. Finish dries out significantly and it really does seem like a big Dry Stout with all of the roastiness. Significant chocolate and coffee aftertaste. The oatmeal really does seem to help the beer reach a completely higher plane of creaminess as compared to a lot of Impy’s (Rasputin and the like). Ever so slightly warming alcohol note in the finish (still reminds me of Irish Whisky). I suppose they’re still cold pressing the coffee for this beer (just as when it was a 5 Seasons beer) as there’s no indication of oiliness in the mouthfeel. Again, fairly dry but the attenuation isn’t over the top. The body is right with what I would expect for 8.1%. The carbonation is thankfully very low, improving everything else about the mouthfeel. But you know what I love most about this beer? Have I mentioned hops once during this review? There’s a reason for that, and I LOVE it.
Coming back five minutes latter, I’ve got to take the aroma and flavor down by a point each here (overall 17->15). The oats really get out of control here (same thing that happens with Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout). The beer warms and it starts to turn slightly vegetal/vinous aroma and flavor. Sad. I’d recommend not letting this one get much above 65F. Hopefully they’ll use a bit fewer oats in next year’s batch.
Gorbalev (2912) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Dave, courtesy of Blankboy. Before this we tried the Smuttynose Impy, and after it the Avery Meph, just to put this in to context. Pitch black, thin small slick biege head. Alcohol, sweet chocolate malt aroma. Bitter sour taste - a little thin on the body. Bitter and boozy - almost like a strong cold coffee. Nice roast linger. I like a little more oomph in my imperial stouts. This was the disappointing middle of our impressive imperial stout sandwich, but still a solid beer on its own.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 Rerate January 2007 of a 8-month-old winter 2006 bottle: After aging for about 8 months, this is somewhat better than before. The coffee blends better with the imperial stout character, and has lost some of its cold-coffee character. Quite good.
Original rating from May 2006:
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma is roasted sweet malt, with some chocolate, coffee, and a bit of oats. Flavor is very bold and roasty---a mixture of roasted coffee and roasted malt---moving to a bit sweeter malt with a hint of chocolate, and finishing dry and bittersweet. Very smooth mouthfeel, although just a tiny bit thin for an imperial stout. I’m not sure I would regularly want coffee in my imperial stouts, but this is certainly an interesting experiment.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a nice dark beer with a lacing off white head. Aroma is complex with notes of chocolate and coffee. The taste is very well balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Taste of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and some sweetness and hops on the finish. Very nice beer. would drink again.
blankboy (6007) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- my bottle courtesy of ross. Pours a very, very dark brown with a small light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee and yeah, a hint of oats. Big roasty coffee flavour along with caramel malt, chocolate and a light bitter finish. Body’s a little thin for an Imperial Stout. This was pretty good but for some reason I was expecting something fantastic. Oh well, I’d gladly drink it again.
pintocb (645) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love this beer. Dark with little head. Great lacing. The flavor is like espresso and some chocolate with some hop character as it dissapates. In the bottle is not as good as the "Wake-n-Bake on Wood" I had at the Sweetwater festival, but it is still damn good.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and Dave B - blankboy’s bottle. Opaque thick brown-black with a small brown head. Dry bitter roasty aroma, brazilnut shells, nutoils, prune/raisin, dry hops and I get the oatmeal. Very roasty aroma, a little oily, cola extract and nutty - pretty good, very bitter start to finish, a bit of thick burnt malt, lots of overdone black coffee. Mouthfeel is definitely thick, acidic, bitter, syrupy. I like it, but I was slightly disappointed - want to do it again.
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 Rerate Detect a hint of pepper this time around - still solid from the bottle - plenty of roasted coffee goodness. Original 3.8 On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in downtown, Athens, Ga. Tar black pour, with a medium thin, but sticky mocha colored head that leaves a generous coat of lacing. Aroma has hints of coffee with some essence of licorice. Bold flavor with fresh espresso, baker’s chocolate, black licorice and some brandy in the finish. Smokiness pervades throughout. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. A most enjoyable treat with my pizza.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal, cream, raspberries with a hint of mollases. Taste is strong with oatmeal, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol. Body is a bit too thin. Alcohol is too dominant in the taste and it takes away quite a bit from the beer.