BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Pours a deep oily black. Thin chocolate colored head. Aroma of roasted barley, strong coffee and earthy tones. Flavor was more of the same, only better! Very earthy with a dose of espresso shot to the face. Bittersweet chocolate tones and dark fruit lay beneath the stronger flavors. Really a great and complex Imperial Stout. Been waiting for this one. The mouthfeel is full, the beer is heavy in body and your palate tingles for quite some time after a sip (itís bitter and hoppy on the finish). Worth the wait. Should age beautifully and mellow with time. Have a case in the cellar already.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma was deep and dark with a strong dark fruit complexity of raisins and prunes coupled with roasted barley, chocolate and strong coffee. Alcohol tickled the nasal passages with a light bit of spice. Black with a ruby highlight when held to light and a small brown head which did last enough to lace at the glass. The flavor was strongly roasty with espresso coffee most notable coupled with chocolate and some strong bittering. The bittering kept the malt presence in the background and actually increased the ability to consume the beer. The body was full, but not quite viscous, and with a moderate carbonation had a creamy mouthfeel before a bone dry finish. The roasted malts and bittering continued long and strong into the aftertaste as did the warming that occurred due to alcohol after consumption. A really nice Imperial Stout with some strong bittering that should lessen over time. 12 ounce bottle, 2007 release, $11/6.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Release. Pitch black opaque color with a short dark brown head that laced the glass. The aroma is spectacular - caramalized brown sugar, bitter chocolate, sweet coffee, vanilla, and other toasty malty notes. Intense flavors include dark roasted coffee, toasted malt, and a strong peat flavor similar to single malt scotch. It is thick but not too heavy yet coats the mouth well. Alcohol on the finish was a bit strong for me - which is my only real issue with this beer. Duck-Rabbit certainly lives up to there reputation on this one. I am glad I picked up a bunch of this and look forward to trying it again after it has a bit of age...
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark tan mostly lasting average head. Black opaque body...to pretty for words. The nose is full of chocolate, cookie, toasted malts, and molasses.
Stong toasted malt flavorwith a medium body. Mouthfeel is a little oilly. With that said, this is one helluva imperial stout.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled and enjoyed months ago in a Galaxy far far away...Poured completely opaque with a small fading ring of tan foam that left some oily tears on the glassware. The nose got a lot of bittersweet chocolate, powered sugar, rye toasted bread, smoked peat bog, Turkish coffee beans, grandpaís traditional lightly-aromatic English pipe tobacco (Gosh do I still love that smell), and a final hint of mineral water and cave aged Madeira. NICE!!
Sadly the taste could not live up the nose, HOWEVER it is not bad but just a tad underwhelming...mostly sweet toasted malt, moderate rich red fruit and a heavy undertone of earthiness. Did I say that this is a very earthy beer...yep all the herbs, flowers, bark, and dirt you want in the finish and for that I CAN DIG IT! The feel is creamy and smooth but still need a touch of heft for a perfect score. Overall, a damn good Impy, I canít wait to get my hands on the Baltic Porter.
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via acertain I believe. Pours a forbiddingly black colored body under a one finger very tight bubbled creamy dark brown head with lots of lacing. Aroma is very roasty and chocolaty with a touch of alcohol, fudge, dark fruits, smoke, and molassas. Flavor is roasted and burnt malt up front with some chalk, alcohol, and tar on the finish. Moderate hoppy bitterness and some coffee as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and just shy of oily in texture with moderate fine bubbled carbonation. A little sticky on the finish. Overall, a very nice beer with a hefty mouthfeel. Right up there with Stone Russian Imperial Stout.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottled on 01-30-06 from NachlamSie. Pours a deep reddish black with a one and a half finger fading cocoa head. Strong aroma of dark chocolate, soy, brown sugar, coffee, unsweetened cocoa (I understand the similarity between that and dark chocolate, but in this case they are two separate entities), even some light vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavor is very much the same plus a little grapes giving forth a somewhat vinous quality, with a lingering chalky roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is covered well, save for a slight bit of warmness down the back of the throat. Maybe a tad too much soy for me. The beerís mouthfeel is surprisingly light, considering the heaviness of the style. Very creamy and smooth, carbonation is light. Great brew.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a medium sized dark tan head. Big chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet and roasty. The roasted flavor had some tartness to it. A fair amount of sweetness with notes of chocolate and a nice warming sensation. Medium to full bodied. The mouthfeel had some silkyness to it.
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 (1223) - 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.