drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 12oz bottle, most recent vintage (2007 i believe). thanks to TURDFERGUSON for this bottle. pours pitch black with gorgous creamy tan head. nose is mainly bakerís chocolate with some roasted and caramel notes. flavor has bakerís chocolate and raisons. mild roasty notes, finish is very dry, some bitter hop notes, and no alcohol notes. body is a tad thin, carbination a tad fizzy. some sourness in there too. perhaps thereís some off flavor i canít put my finger on. but pretty tasty stuff. .................................................. sample thanks to holdenn and this stuff has more soy and sour notes in it. i guess the 9month age on it really didnít help it. no change in rating.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of malt , wet oakwood, and mocha in the aroma, taste was sharp roasted malt and bitter chocolate,amongst the best Iíve tasted,but after a while it seemed to lack the different complex qualities of the finer RIS, and towards the end that sharp fruity bitter chocolate taste wasnít as appealing. Good enough RIS,but not quite up there with the elite
emacgee (4576) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Poured a thick black brew with a fairly generous (for an impy), creamy, chestnut brown head. The aroma was very sweet, some brown sugar, molasses, and some fruit notes mixed with alchol. The flavor was wonderful, coffee, alcohol, roasted aromas, light chocolate, and soy sauce in the back of your mouth. The palate was interesting, it had a ruddy feel to it and left your mouth cool. The finish was warm and roasted. Slightly underrated I think. Deserves nothing lower than a 4
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON - Pours a dark brown color with a one and 3/4 thick tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is very nice. Itís roasted malt and lots of esters (berries). Flavor is strong bitter coffee and roasted malt, and berry flavored esters. Palate is very dry. Has a lingering chalky, bitter after taste. Medium to full body. Be interesting to try this beer again this Fall. A very nice IS. Thanks Sam.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle via rayg1 (thanks!). This one pours a pitch black ith a huge tan head. Nose is espresso and some fruity esters. Taste is actually very similar to their Baltic Porter, but with more chocolate, roastiness and less fruity esters than that one. Their are some fruity esters there here though, underneath i detect some plum and cherry flavors. My guess is they use the same yeast for this and the Baltic. Also a bit of salty soy and ash in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body, Moderate carbonation. An above average and quite tasty Imp Stout.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Pours a opaque black with a big brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, and blueberry. Flavor is fruity, with roasted malts.
Beffrey2 (36) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first thing I thought of when smelling this beer was fruit! But I could not put my finger on what. Then I read some of the ratings here. Blueberry sounds about right to me. But not 100% sure. The head is thick and creamy on pour (about two inches thick). After about 1 minute, the head disolved and lightly covered the surface. Lacing is very long lasting, in fact, it stayed their until I cleaned the glass! I do not taste much chocolate with this one, mostly coffee and fruit mix. The beer is very dark and creamy, has a pretty strong bitterness at the end that lingers. One other thing that was very noticeable from the start was the alcohol! The taste is strong during the first couple sips until you get used to it. Kind of warms you! Aftertaste is of bitter coffee for sure IMO. Overall, I like this beer a lot!
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. Roasted bitter coffee, chocolate, and a light fruit. Head was a great carmel color but faded very quickly to just a light covering. Pitch black color. Roasted malty flavor with a slightly sweet dark chocoloate undertone. Ends with a dry bitter lingering taste on the back of my tongue. Overall pretty good. A bit to carbonated for me but enjoyable. Definately feel this will age nicely though.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 12oz bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON. Aroma: grapes, coffee, light cocoa and anise, a touch of pine and some floral notes. Appearance: Oily looking black in color. Head was dark tan, creamy, and short lived. Nice lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt with some strong coffee notes. Vinous, dark fruits, pine, floral, and some light grass. Bitter throughout with some escalation near the finish. A light sourness before the finish, as well. Palate: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Not bad, but there are so many great beers in this style that itís hard to stand out. Worth a try.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 HUGE thanks to JCB for sending this to me--great trader...Not a lot I like about this one unfortunately for me. Aroma is of chocolate, very bitter coffee and has some vinuous aspects as well. Black in appearance with a brown head. Medium palate is carbonated a little more than most imperials. Yowzer! The taste is so acidic and bitter that I canít get past it. Coffee is the taste but the dry acridness of the beer overrides everything. Nothing here for me to enjoy.
Re-Rate 2010: Bottle from my man Facto. Glad to try this one again, havenít had it since my initial rating. Black pour with a nice tan head. Deep coffee and chocolate aroma. The mouthfeel is very nice--full and creamy--but not so thick that itís tough to drink. Solid flavors of chocolate malts and light coffee. I like the balance in the sweetness and the bitterness here--neither is over the top like so many stouts Iíve had lately. Score has been updated to reflect the re-rate.