egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF2004... Poured a black color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, smoke and toffee. Taste was nice roasty and toasty chocolate, anise, and light figs. Full and round mouthfeel.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Black.
Nose of deep, dark chocolate, burnt malt, caramel malt, roasted malt, black currants and other various dark fruits.
Lovely, malt accented, true to the style imperial stout with notes of chocolate, roasted, black and caramel malt with other notes of cocoa and currants. Well balanced and nice depth. A great Imperial that represents the style well.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Totally black color with a nice tan head. Huge aromas of roasted malt, coffee and lactose. Taste is bittered nicely and
roasted. An imperial stout can be good without actually touching a bourbon barrel. Who woulda thunk that? One of my GABF favorites.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 Poured BLACK with a medium brown head. Aroma of smoke and chocolate. Flavor is sweet with a good amount of bitter chocolate and some coffee. Medium body with a long bitter finish. Other than the warming effect the alcohol is well hidden. Great balance.
1/13/05 Growler thanks to captain cougar. Black with a tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Black coffee flavor. Clean smooth and creamy.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Opaque black with smallish dark tan head. Aroma is fairly chocolatey, bit of coffee, cream, and ash. Flavor is ashy, full of bitter roasted malts, raisens. Finish is reasonably bitter and somewhat dry.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Total blackness, full, thick opacity marks the glass, and on the top floats a big, burnished brown layer of foam, settling into a tight, yet bubbly ring.
Aroma hits you from the start, twisted and viscous, massive, tumbling out flavors of molasses, dark rum, black pepper, anise, cloves, rich and ripe, and plenty boozy, as well. Deeee-lectable!
Brash, bitter hops clash on the palate, and sticks around for the duration, turning tricks in the mouth, whisking waves of flavor everywhere. This is a flavor that doesnít hide, doesnít shirk, and gets all up in the mouth, everywhere. Potent alcohol presence, never lets you forget itís there, yet still doesnít dominate, for the thick, rewarding taste is ever-prevalent and remains star of the show. Very rich, this is best kind of darkness, a great example of an Imperial Stout, with chocolatey, dark, rich flavors, and just a bit of fruit in the finish. huge mouthfeel, vast body, impressive flavor...this is one quality Imperial Stout! My first Thirsty Dog brew, hope itís not my last!
Indra (2682) - 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 (925) - 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 !