johnnypub (10) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Didn’t know what to expect from this one. With all the hype behind it I didn’t think it was going to live up to the expectations. It definately did! My new favorite Imperial Stout. From the pop of the cap things were off to a great start. My nose detected coffee, raisins, roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol. It poured a deep black with only a hint of dark brown when held up to the light and was topped off by a small chocolate brown head. This beer looked thick in the glass. Flavors were roasty, chocolatey, slightly bitter but most of all sweet. There is a dry finish as well as some warming alcohol as it goes down. It is rich and creamy on the palate. That was understatement, it coats the tongue on every drink. Alcohol is present but it doesn’t overwhelm. Surprisingly very drinkable. The best beer that I have had in some time, hands down.
BeerandBlues2 (11662) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2006 vintage, 22-oz. bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Pours thick, syrup and glass-staining opaque with a tiny tan frothy head that is mostly diisipating. Aroma is dark roasted caramel and maple malts, toast, slightly perfumey hops, plums, raisins, port and alcohol. Thick sweet dark chocolate and creamy malt, caramel, coffee, medium bitterness, velvety maple, alcohol and wood notes, raisins and prunes. Dark and full bodied, creamy, silky and smooth palate.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, I have had some good beers lately, but this was the one I was most looking forward to - and also the one most likely to disappoint given my incredible expectations. Anyway, very generously shared by blankboy with myself, hogtown harry, gregclow, and jerc (2004 we think). Pitch black, very dark head - looks great. Wonderful chocolaty aroma, some roast and some alcohol - again, well done. Incredible mouthfeel - and this is what separates many an impy in my mind - this feels like silk, yet it is so thick. Taste is very complex: chocolate, only a little alcohol (I like to feel some in these big beers), giving way to roast and a wonderful hoppiness. Nice burning alcohol in finish. Lives up to expectations - some have been this flavourful but very few are complex enough to shut us yappy bastards up and sit there and think about what the hell we are experiencing for a good solid 15 minutes. Thanks again Paul for sharing.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
06 bottle. Dark as hell. Dark brown head. I love this beer. Lots of sweet espresso, chocolate and raisin taste. This is as thick as your mom. Tasty....but the barrell aged was the shit.
jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Many thanks to X-Ray who hooked us up with this bottle. ’06 vintage poured midnite black with a thin orangish-brown head, which quickly dissipated. Aromas of smokey malt, hops, chocolate, and coffee. Very heavy and satisfying mouthfeel. A taste explosion with the bitterness of hops as well as sweet malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Gentle warming as it slides down the esophogas until coming to rest comfortingly in the stomach. This is the top of the mountain boys, just a shame its so hard to come by.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Bottle (650ml - we think 2004 vintage?). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - blankboy’s bottle - BIG THANK YOU FOR SHARING. Thick black pour, large lasting creamy brown head - lovely. Ahhhhh ... nutty deep roast aroma, tons of bitter hops, strong Turkish coffee, molasses, sour cherry, chocolate, prunes/plums - even cream and I swear mushrooms. Taste - very bitter - hops and alcohol - coffee grounds, dark fruit, yeast, lactose - has a long, ever-changing bitter linger, quite fruity and malty in the finish. Thick, on the flat side, sticky, acidic, complex - wow! I want more. Thanks again to blankboy for sharing!
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, 2005. Procured at “From the Vine” and enjoyed with the Beyer family in the Outer Banks. Pours big, opaque and oily with no head (brown-black). The aroma is strong with coffee though a toffee aroma manages to sneak through (somewhat sweet). There is also burnt malt and if you really stretch your imagination you can detect some fruit deep down in the aroma (though I may have been trying too hard). The flavor is big and overpowering. Coffee and toffee immediately and predominately. The are also some notes of dark fruit, tobacco, wood, and alcohol (but more present in the mouth feel really) that is somewhat wine or port like at times. Wonderfully creamy and full body. Really enjoyable but I think I will prefer this in another year or two.
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 vintage tasted blind at Sk8vikings amazing Porter/Stout tasting - Black body, with a very dark head; Deeep, but could be more complex: lots of very warm sugar, caramel, full very soft licorice; Incredibly full body, very soft, sugar soft carbonation and not to much of it; Into very long, way bitter harsh finish: hazelnuts, licorice but also a very little oxidization. GREAT BEER!
mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It’s too dark, for one. The head is little and brown which is pretty remarkable considering the massive amount of alcohol in this—but what’s really on display here is the darkness. Think about the time before you were born and that’s Dark Lord.
We’re raised to appreciate two kinds of goodness in the worlds of taste and of smell. There’s the natural and the artificial. Cherry Jolly Ranchers taste good, and so do real cherries, even if they don’t taste anything alike. This is a combination of the best natural, earthen, fruity, and grainy smells you’ve ever come across, along with the best unnatural, chemical smells. The thing is that these smells are natural, just so intense as to defy nature. Kids don’t know the smells of unprocessed molasses, burnt grain, or wood smoke. This would seem like a medicine chest mixed with a cookie jar mixed with a walk in a field—one whiff could scar a kid for life.
Too much complexity. On the very tip of the tongue it tastes like a dark wine, then it gets bittersweet, like fire roasted grain, browning apples, and molasses, then it gets regular sweet, like half-dark chocolate and a café mocha, and then it gets a little zippy, like Belgian alcohol and yeast. That’s—that’s like you’re falling down a hill of flavor and then you climb it back up again, from the valley of the alcohol, into the sweet, and then into the bittersweet, and then into the wine. Giving this to a child would be like giving them a bar of acid and taking them to Disneyland. Nothing would ever make them feel happy again, ever.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Obviously pours very dark with a nice brown head. Aromas and flavors of coffee,caramel, and chocolate dominate in this thick very good beer.