Scott S. (8) - North Royalton, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A wonderful pitch Black bodied beer. Not to bitter and the roasty aroma makes this a great beer..No hint of High Alcohol % to the taste..til you stand up.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had two hiding in the cellar, but I have one of them allocated for a trade so part of me was hoping I wouldn’t love it as I opened the other one. Pours black with essentially no head in my just rinsed glass (my friend sharing the bottle with me had a noticeable frothy tan head though...). Holy coffee batman - strong enough that while the glass was on the floor someone in the room said she could smell coffee. And dark bittersweet chocolate too - which is the best kind in my addled mind. Very roasty aromas - almost like the coffee had been on for too long, but not quite. Surprisingly effervescent in the mouth and a fairly thin mouthfeel too. Even so it coats the mouth very nicely. Couldn’t taste alcohol anywhere but I think the tongue was the only part of the body not to realize there was some in there I think. Wish it was a touch more bitter in the finish but I am still tasting the espresso flavours now.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Stouty" black body. Dry coffeeish / chocolately aroma with strawberry notes. Intense chocolate malt flavor has candied cherry, dark chocolate an da certain grainy yeastiness. Finishes with a residual mocha flavor. This was my last beer of the whole festival, I used my 6oz pour on it. My tongue was pretty shot by then but I’m certain this is an excellent stout.
3fourths (9019) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Draft - October 2004
GABF 2004 - I sampled this with my 6oz pour both night I atteneded the festival, and it was definitly a highlight of the event. Beats the snot out of the bottled version. Solid black body with a medium sized brown head. Bubbled lacing rather than oily. Intensely sweet and smooth, very bright and fresh tasting. Light bourbon and cream flavors, with fresh wood and hops exploding everywhere. Extremely thick body and an oily mouth feel, moderate carbonation and light alcohol presence. AWESOME STOUT.
Draft rating: 9/5/9/4/18 = 4.5
Bottle - July 2004
Black, brown head. nose is a roast cherry and chocolate concoction, sweet smoked malts, strong chocolate and thick flavor... nice stuff. Lots of smoke in the finish... glad I could try this at RBSG 2004.
Bottle rating: 8/4/8/4/17 = 4.1
From a 25-imperial stout blind tasting, Feb 2008
More of a black cherry, plum, char and motor oil quality in the nose, with a slight soy sauce note as well. Heavily roasted, with some charred bread/toast, but nicely balanced with a rich chocolate malt flavor, not too ashy but a little too much char (chocolate char?), and a light oatmeal note as well. I actually guessed this one right, but not because of anything really in particular (chance?)
7/4/7/4/14 = 3.6
egajdzis (5952) - 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 doesn’t hide, doesn’t shirk, and gets all up in the mouth, everywhere. Potent alcohol presence, never lets you forget it’s there, yet still doesn’t 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 it’s not my last!