Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, full, malty aroma, hints of dark cherry fruitiness amidst the semi-sweet chocolate and roasty espresso and a nicely balancing dark (almost burnt) brown sugar sweetness is present. There are also lighter notes of licorice, plum, cream and herbal hop. Thick, inky black color with a fine dark brown head and wispy lacing. Flavor is roasty and sweet, more deeply roasted coffee and chocolate notes with a powerfully estery, warming finish. Faint touches of smokiness about midpoint. Largely sweet throughout, very low amount of bitterness. Creamy palate and full-bodied. Moderately complex, overall very tasty. Makes for an excellent dessert. Thanks, Jeff!
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malt nose which is somewhat sweet. Black body with an X-S thin, caramel colored head. Heavily roasted malt flavor with a bitter hop finish.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted malts in the aroma. Opaque, black with thin tan head that recedes to cover. Roasty and chocolatey dweet. Full, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A treat with smoked fish! Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks hopsrus!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black color with a very thin brown head. Strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Great flavor of roasted malt, feels like strong coffee. Bitter finish. Medium body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Truly amazing !
skaughty (642) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Re-rate A growlered version (courtesy of CaptainCougar) reveals an even milkier, more cholate infused thick shake. Yum! Maybe the best appearance Iíve even seen in a Stout.
A sensational pour. It goes beyond a 5. I can see the merit in this one, just a little too woody and roasted for me. Aroma was largely coffee and nuts. Flavor really is more for the coffee drinker (which I am not). Finish is dry and bitter.
JFGrind (1801) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The roasted, smoky aroma became evident immeadiatley after popping the cap. Poured a brown coffee color into the glass. Small light brown head remained to supply good lacing throughout the sampling. Flavor was deep with choclate, caramel and roasted malts. Also underllying coffee flavor that blended well with malts and hops. I paired my bottle with habanero cheese and Nam Yu flavored Chinese crackers. The heat of the habanero and smoke flavor of this Imperial Stout played off each other well. Siberian Night was the last bottle of my (05/04) Cleveland beer haul. I picked it up at Roziís thanks to bkelley68. If it wasnít for him I would of passed over the bottle due to the cheesy label.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 Thanks to Rockinout for this. Pours a deep, very used motor oil color and consistency. Aroma is of roasted malts. Chocolate predominates, some fruity aromas also. Very full body. Tastes of roasted grain, perhaps slightly astringent. Hops are present and accompany the grains nicely. <P> Year old plus bottle sampled in Nov. 06. Deep black colored with a smallish light brown head. Decent lacing. Aroma is nicely chocolatey, coffee, some hops perhaps. Full bodied and oily mouthfeel, slight hints of alcohol. Chocolate rich flavors are really pleasant. Nice lower carbonation level, modest roasted malt and hop bitterness towards the finish. Damn tasty!
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Re-rate takes it down a peg. Old numbers were Ar 8, App 5, Fl 9, Pal 5 OA 17.
Smells like salami and coffee! Darker than Satan and also the thin head.
Thick, heavy, smooth and lovely. This is the Mr. T of beers. Hints of coffee everywhere, big dark chocolate and that salami again.
Hit me baby one more time!
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quick dissipating dark brown head, the nose erupted like a volcano of coffee beans with hints of smoke, port and dark fruit. The body is full of roasted goodness and traces of dark fruit, but this is definitely a coffee beer, but not overly acidicly so. The finish is warm and pleasant with some bitter dark chocolate lingering in the mouth. Crappy label, but I want to try more from these guys.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Springslicker rocks for the tasting at the Chattanooga beer gathering! This beer pours a black as night color with a a small orange head that also had hints of hazy purple to it...very long lasting head however. The aroma is vanilla and chocolate with hints of cocoa, alcohol and maple syrup. There is little in the way of carbonation in this beer, which makes it an incredible mystery as to how it gave me so much head (yeah..har har!!!) The flavor is milk chocolatey with vanilla and caramel sweetness apparent. The finish is dry and creamy, with hints of milkiness. Good full and creamy mouthfeel...very pleasant!