willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
07.24.06 12oz bottle thanks to Magjayran, shared at Belgian Room gathering in NYC. These guys just continue to impress with great beers that seem to really nail what I love in the style. The Scotch was great, the porter was great, and now this, which was super. Black stuff with a creamy but small brown head that didnít want to leave even this smaller sample and laced away in my little snifter. Right on point with what I love in these beers, this one is full of mineral, brine, and charred roast, almost reminding at times of capers or olives, burnt french bread. Itís less sweet than most in the style and I can dig it. Where there is sweetness, it comes across to me as deep and woody, like ripe black cherries, stems and all, with dried berries, and mixed with unsweet cocoa. Itís barky, woody, mineral, and yet still rich. I need more.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Willblake at the NYRBG. Black in color with a small tan head. Chocolatey, roasted malt aroma with a bit of soy. Flavor was rich, dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and soy. Really nice palate on this beer. Very rich, creamy and medium to full bodied.
beastiefan2k (2523) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by Willblake at the NYRBG. Been wanting to try this expectations were high. Poured pitch black with tan lacing. Aroma is very present - roast cofee, which is great BUT too much hops for me. Taste is similarly roast coffee mixed with hops. Dont like when brewers do this.
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 inch thick dense dark brown head. Settles slowly. Thick and creamy on top. Rich roasty aroma with dark fruit, roasted grains and new leather upholstery. Maybe a little grahm cracker in there also. Color is a black as tar. Thick palate. Little slick with loads of roasted grains, coffee, sweet malts and raisins and a bit of carbon. Very easy drinking for a 10% er. Little alcohol warming. Finish is roasty and leaves a bitter coffee aftertaste. Not as sweet as some other imperial stouts but quite good if you like the dry ones. Thanks to Magjayran for this very tasty brew that I have been looking for for a while.
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a big lasting foamy/creamy light-brown head -- looks awesome. Fantastic aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, toffee, hops and even some wood -- amazing! Flavourís just as good: Dry and roasty with a nice amount of hops, coffee and chocolate and just the right amount of alcohol. Great finish, great body. Wow, what a huge surprise this was. Thanks for sharing Harry, it was phenomenal!
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle, via trade with DocLock. Rating #1400. Nice goosh on cap-pop, bit hit of yeast and sour fruit - poured thick black with reddish highlights when you hold it to the light, perfect sized lasting dark brown head. Aroma is a tight powerful interplay of plum, prune, red wine grapes, sour berryfruit and smooth roast malt - I canít decide if itís coffee or chocolate ... I pick coffee - and an untone of bitter hops - quite yeasty and vinous. The taste isnít quite as smooth, but the complexityís there, as is the bitterness - yep, that was coffee - also bakerís chocolate, the tart fruits and the vinous sourness much more muted, as is the yeast, but some cream emerges as it warms more - and heck, thereís so much flavour going on I donít notice the 10%, although my ears are red. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, very smooth and creamy with acidity and as much carbonation as youíd ever want with an impy - hey, thanks tons for this, Doc - this is an upper eschelon imperial stout.
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(many thanks to doclock for this brew)nice black body with a thick chocolate head.aroma was of burnt coffee,chocolate,and cocoa.flavor was a mix of the same,plus some milk lactose properties.not bad but the lactse was a bit overpowering.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Small, dense, brown head settles completely. Nose of burnt malt, dry wood, roasted marshmallows, subtle dark fruits and vinous notes. Flavor adds some smoke, ash, cocoa powder, and whole coffee beans. Full, smooth palate. Very nice. Courtesy of NachlamSie.
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a brown black color, nothing above or below average on appearance. The aroma was odd, somewhat fruity (berries?) with coffee detectable. Flavor was similar, fruit less pronounced, but bad chocolate-coffee mixed in there. Mouthfeel was thin with a dry finish. Not something to return to.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at Recreational Billards on 4th St. in Winston Salem, NC. There for a limited time only. The aroma was overwhelmingly sweet and inviting. The color was a deep, deep, deep black body w/ an in b/w milk and dark chocolate colored, creamy head. some dotted and streaked lacing. flavors are rich and complex. hard to put your finger on though clearly chocolate and coffee. Definetely burntness, sour burntness or maybe burnt toast (bready yeast). then there is a strong taste of alcohol. but I couldnít figure out what - whiskey? bourbon? but then decided I would declare brandy the winner. there were also hints of cinnamon and cherry. 2/3rds of the way through each sip solid bitterness hits your palate and then remains there like a sugar cube melting in your mouth in an unrelenting manner. I found this beer to be quite extraordinary really....