JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 22 oz. 2006 bottle from trade with Dubbercody. Thanks Jamie! Pours a dark rick black color with a monsterous brown head that disappears shortly afterwards. Lacing is minimal with a thick oil like body. Aromalof roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is of roasted hops, dark chocolate and some vanilla extract with the alcohol being very well hidden. A nicely balanced, well made beer.
(corrected typos 9-7-07)
Headbanger (3803) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 ’06 22oz bomber-A dark black with a nice brown head that dissipated quickly into a small ring. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, malt and chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee, and it hides the alcohol very nicely. Great tasting stout.
’07 22oz bomber-Aroma of maple syrup, waxy crayon, and slight alcohol on a dark black body with no head whatsover. Taste of roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. A great stout with no perceivable alcohol taste.
’08 22oz bomber-Pours pitch black with a big tan head. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, and chocolate. Taste of the same as it poured like oil. Great.
’09 blind taste test @ BeerandBlues2 9/22/09-Pours black with a small head. Aroma of roasted malt and alcohol. Taste of alcohol and sweetness. This full bodied brew did not have the same viscosity as the ’08 and seemed a bit thin.
22oz bottle ’10 Vintage- 41° in Snifter-Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweetness and alcohol. Taste of malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and slight alcohol. I like this better than the ’09.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 2006 Bottle: Thanks to Brigadier and Capt Cougar for getting us some botles. What is left to be said... Sweet Roasted Coffee Beans mixed with a milky rich sweet chocolate flavor that tickles the tounge. Surprisingly, there absolutely no burn. Unbelievably smooth for 13%. Taste was compariable to Bells Expedition, but I’m giving DL the edge for hiding the alcohol a little better and for a slightly more complex taste with a little more of the roasted coffee tones (must be that starbucks kicking in). Also has a slightly more milky taste than BES. Low/medium carbonation with a small super thick caramel colored frothy head.... this brew is in a class of its own...
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 22 oz bottle via footbalm(thanks eric!). 2006 bottle. Pours syrupy thick black with a large tan head. Aroma has notes of licorice, anise, chocolate and fruity esters. Tastes like it smells. Starts sweet and ends sweet with some bittersweet roasted chocolate/mocha in the finish. I even detect some hops underneath the roastiness. After the first couple drinks and even the first glass shared with a friend... i was dissappointed and thought it was too sweet and cloying, but after a few sips of the 2nd glass....it is actually quite near perfectly balanced. The roastiness complements the sweetness perfectly. The alcohol is there, but i would not have guessed 13%.....
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!!! The best imperial stout...period. 2006 offering that I had the pleasure of getting one bottle. Huge coffee and piney aroma. First sip was cautious with the 13% alcohol, but pleasantly surprised at very little burn. Very thick. Flavor of coffee and roasted hops lays gently on the tongue waiting for the next sip. Mellows as it warms at mid glass becoming sweet. If you are able to be lucky enough to have one, enjoy the best an imperial can be
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Overly roasted earthy and vegetative with big tobacco overtones. Astringent malt character with far too much residual sugar for me. The mouthfeel is dominated by the alcohol which is also perceptible on the nose. An overly sweet molasses ridden mess of a beer.
gnoff (9552) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(650 ml bottle) Pitch black like the heart of George W. Bush. Redish brown bubbly head. Smokey burnt vinous salty sweet scent, also alcohol. Huge smooth mouthfeel. Burnt and raissin, thick sweet taste. The flavor is less complex than the smell. Sticky thick after mouthfeel. Burnt aftertaste. Low to medium bitterness. It’s big in most aspects, but in this bigger isn’t better. I wouldn’t rank it that high among the worlds best beers.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2006 53F Snifter. Huge aroma tons of piney hops, and dark rich malts, lots of chocolate and sweet molasses. Pours very dark black and very opaque, with a decent head that slowly appears, the lacing is very nice and the head fades moderately. Big taste, tons of coffee, good sweetness but not overwhelming, plenty of warm melted chocolate, and only a light notes of bitter hops, mostly dominated by malts. Pretty damn good. Nicely balanced with bitter malts, sweet malts and balancing hops, that keep the finish crisp. While not a quaffer it is still quite easily drinkable. A good full mouthfeel, with plenty of carbonation, very well done and nicely balanced maybe a touch more carbonation and it would be perfect. My favorite Impy stout to date.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a bottled cellared for a few years. Poors a beautiful dark brown with mounatins of thick tan foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, anise and something kind of sweet, maybe raisins. Mouthfeel on the first sip (still decent head) like a good milkshake. Tastes of baking chocolate, coffee, and a nice batch of hoppy bitterness. Absolutely delicious. Wish I had this first when I came back from China. It would have made up for the four years of Chinese lager.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, with ClarkVV and Sully. Very glad i got the opportunity to try this one. This was very good i thought, but given its already high rating, slightly fell short of my expectations. But, as i say, this is very nice stuff. Black, with brown edges, looks menacing. Aroma is intenese mocha, licorice, chocolate, and lots of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very intense, quite think, with lots of tarry bitterness and sweet chocolate, and as with other 3F’s beers, hoppy aswell, particularly towards the end. But the thing burnt/tarry roastyness is the star of the show, nice round mouthfeel aswell.. Tasty stuff.