barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 My first 5.0 rating on my 50th birthday! What a way to make my debut on the Masters list
2005 bottle. wonderful aroma of vanilla, dark fruit, some coffee, chocolate & caramel. the look is very, very black with ruby highlights, especially in the lace as it chases its way down the side of my snifter. upon the first sip or two a noticable hop bite is present, but after the third sip or so, everything smooths out. flavor is big and bold with all of the aforementioned chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel & dark fruit. in addition the hop bitterness and alcohol shows up in the tail end. very enjoyable. would think this would continue to improve over the next couple of years! thanks rich for sending this one to me about 6 months ago.
sampled the 2004 vintage courtesy of hey_kevin at his Year End gathering, thanks Kevin. this one rates a 5+. I donít care what some of the naysayers have to say about the sludge, this was an incedibly complex and wonderfully smooth drinking experience.
2006 bottle shared with illini08 Christmas day í06. the 8 months since I picked this up at DL day have been kind to this bottle. deliciously thick and smooth with no hint of alcohol. roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, licorice and hints of fruity hops in the background. still the best Imperial Stout around!
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2005 bottle. So many people describe this so beautifully that I will make it brief. Insanely complex aroma with citrus, graitfruit, coffee, courant, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Ten plus for the aroma and taste. Definitly worthy of its rank.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 Bottle-red wax makes it hard to open. Jet black color with a small dark tan head. Thick-coats the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate fudge, some coffee and alcohol. Flavor starts rich, bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee then a tart bite and a lingering licorice bitter finish. Palate is thick, rich, smooth and creamy. Having said all of that, it is over rated and way over priced IMHO!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not sure on year, 2004 I believe? from Footbalm, have a 2005 from Odeed Iím sitting on. Thanks to both of you. Pours dark opaque black, very oily, huge beige head. Talk about growing legs, this beer coats the glass with the best of them. Lots of vinous notes in aroma, cherry though? Full of sweet chocalate malt, as it warms a burnt/woodsy aroma comes through. Flavor is all over the place, initial sweet malt gets even sweeter through the middle, lots of dark fruit, cherry, slight coffee in the finish. Nice sticky/oily mouthfeel. Very glad my bottle didnít have a huge coffee character to it, although the stromg vinous notes may subtract a little bit. Definately worthy of itís rank though.
alobar (2952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. A special thanks to richlikebeer for sharing this one! He must have been trying to make up for that beer from Ghana. Hoppy, yeasty aroma with traces of espresso, and vanilla. No head. Syrupy, hoppy thick heavy body chocolatey taste. An amazing brew!!!
presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The label and wax are cool, although the wax could get old if this was done on a beer you opened more often. Thanks to Jsquire for this bottle. Beer poured with a very long lasting heavy merangue/milkshake/mocha frappachino head. Half beer, half head with diamonds in the foam seen through the glass. Very strong good roasted coffee bean aroma. Big flavour, a big coffee beer. Big alcohol kick at first sip. Soft marshmallow body. Leaves behind a dusty coating. Not your everyday beer.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
***A Special thanks to my homie, Richlikebeer, for letting me have the honor of opening this beauty. 2004 bottle. Aroma of espresso,vanilla and chocolate. Poured slowly a deep rich black river with a nice choclately cap. Flavor was great, coffee and molasses mixed perfectly with traces of cherry. Palate was thick and delicious. What an awesome brew.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 March 2006 Re-rate courtesy of Eboats
Roasted malt-pumpernickel-soy sauce and dark chocolate in the aroma. Deep black with a thumb thick mocha head. Dark bakerís chocolate in the fore followed by raisins, dates, esspresso and loads of burnt malt flavor. Very rich and aggressive and still a winner.
Sampled at DenverLoganís GABF 05 party, but I couldnít get anyone to tell me whoís it was so I could thank them. Thanks whoever!
Beef boullion, pepper and black chocolate in the aroma. Deep black with a fluffed up mocha head. Molassess and black licorice in the fore. Incredibly thick. Licorice dominates the flavors, but there is bakerís chocolate, espresso, mild dark fruits like prune and dried cherries. Definitely lives up to the hype.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
í04 bottling, 22 oz. obtained in a trade with BierBauch - thanks! Pours thick, opaque and almost pure black - reminiscent of well-used motor oil - and the faintest skin of a tan head that lingered and left some lacing. The aromas are definitely not reminiscent of used motor oil, rather more like a roasty coffee, fudge with hints of soy sauce, dried prunes, figs and noticible alcohol. The flavor profile is huge, lots of dark, bitter chocolate, espresso, prune juice, molasses and an astringent roasty finish. Oh yeah, did I say noticible alcohol here as well? Though itís surprisingly well cloaked by the other flavors and sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, heavy and a bit oily, very smooth on the tongue. Not so much a beer as a decadent dessert in a bottle. Quite the treat, though with richness and high abv, I couldnít imagine drinking it on a frequent basis.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you beerhandy! Abolutely wonderful. Exactly what I would expect from an Imperial Stout. Robust and rich. Coffee, chocolate, and the right amount of sweet but not too much. Hops were just right too rounding the whole thing out for an over the top yet nicely balanced experience. Like radiomgb says, chewy and very satisfying. Yum, wish I had access to more.