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 (2492) - 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 (5979) - 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 (6063) - 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 (5377) - 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.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Absolutely opaque black with a tiny copper tinged head. Aroma of coffee, chocoalate and a smoky maltiness. A rich taste with smoky coffee flavor and a lot of alcohol coming through in the finish.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to KP at DL Day. What’s most prevalent here is balance. Not too much coffee, not too much oatmeal, not too much roastedness, not too much chocolate, etc. All are kept well in balance to create harmony. Nothing is over the top, nothing is too minimized. A fine drink with great flavors.
IndianaRed (2339) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Bottle Pours a deep black with a nice small but dense dark tan head. Nice dark roasted smokey aromas. Mostly coffee flavors and charcoal notes. Nice heavy smooth finish. Thanks to Captain Cougar for this one