Bartzilla (620) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 From bottle courtesy of Naven at the monthly Death Metal Beer Tasting Social Mixer at my house. If youíre in San Diego, this is a highly recommended way to meet fellow alcoholics and drink rare ales while listening to only the finest of grindcore and regurgitated tunes. Anyway, this stuff glugs out of the bottle like molasses. Pretty good sign right there that youíre looking at a world of problems tomorrow. Itís black, leaves brown lacing and could drop a grizzly bear in itís tracks. Tastes great. Really really heavy chocolate flavors. You donít realize this is 13% until you pee in the tub later on that night.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Columbus gathering beer#12. Brought by Sliffy. This wasnt exactly the 100th beer but I am rating it as it was. Aroma was of luscious chocolate, coffee, and molasses. This was very thick and rich almost like a choclate syrup. So glad i was able to try this for a 100th beer.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick dark chocolate, caramel colored head. Very full bodied, with a bitter, roasted flavor. Love it. Had this at Immyís tasting.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. thanks glkaiser. Iíve been holding off on this for a special occassion. My buddy got a new and better job so the time has come.
dark black/maple pour with tan thin bubbled head. nice oak barrel, molasses, coffee and alcohol aroma. very rich. great molasses. roasted aftertaste. alcohol bite is very present. vanilla and mild coffee. oak barrel on the palate.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 2007 bottle, sample #22 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily, murky brown color; minimal head formation; decent viscosity. Relaxed aroma, showing a bit of chocolate and leather. Lots of green apple, vegetal notes, and chewy nougat; some chocolate at the core, but mostly green apple; not good. Medium, green apple and chocolate. 188.8.131.52.12=3.2
2005 bottle, RBSG 06. Full-on coffee and chocolate in the nose. Vanilla appears in a full, viscous mouthfeel - layered with coffee, chocolate, and oak tones. Long finish. Look very forward to having this again sometime. 10/5/9/5/18=4.8
Rerate: 2006 vintage - noticed some protruding vegetal / green apple characteristics the second time around; kind of disappointing. 9/5/8/4/16=4.2
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at RBSG06. 2005 Bottle. Dark black body with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and some fruit. Sweet roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate. Very smooth ending.
agl108 (1059) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Lamas for the bottle, a real top notch inspiration on how to destroy my liver. Rating #100 for the crown bitch. 22 oz. bottle with orange wax on this one...2005 bottle?? Great googly moogly!! Poured jet black with thick tan head. TONS of lacing left in my pint glass. Nose was of rich coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. Very roasty. Thick complex flavor with chocolate, molasses, and raisins. Just the slightest notice of alcohol at the finish. Amazing for a 13% brew. Unbelievable mouthfeel, so thick and creamy. Do they ever add any water to this when the brew it?? I canít fathom drinking a better imperial stout. Badass. This beer kicked my ass too.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 First of all, mega thanks to Rooftoprogue for trading with me for this one. I was hoping to save this for a milestone, but like trying to practice celibacy, you can only go so long before you cave. 2005 bottle. Pours and looks like soy sauce, with a pronounced thin cinnamon head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, maple syrup, coffee grounds, and dark roasted malt. Initial flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, mocha, and molasses that transitions to flavors of currants, merlot, dark plums. More coffee complexities and bitterness come out as this beer warms. Some warming. A tad amount of stickiness lingers. I really expected more hop bite with this considering the brewer, but this was well balanced...probably because it has a year in the cellar. Does this beer live up to the hype? I think so. Overpriced...thatís debatable, but I would gladly pay $18 for a bomber of this.
Rating of 2008 Bottle- This stuff is very thick. Lots of sweetness on this version, joined by smoke, coffee, and chocolate. Bitterness is not as agressive as previous batches. Though young, this is still damn good and should age very well. Too bad I donít have a bottle to age. Itís good, but not $50 ebay good.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 courtesy of beeryum... many thanks!! Black as midnight with a thick dark brown head fading to thin dark brown lacing. Deep, chocolatey, leathery aroma, salty, savoury and slightly licoricy notes. Heavy strong tarry aroma, some nice rich heavy smoky notes. Intense and incredibly rich flavour, smoke, licorice, tar, chocolate and roasted coffee with savoury leathery flavours. A whole smorgasbord of dark malty complexity. Easily the thickest and most intensely flavoured beer Iíve ever tasted. Intense, but still manages to approach balance. Finishes like a combination of espresso and hot chocolate. Alcohol is present but isnít obtrusive. Itís tough to write anything that hasnít already been said about this beer, but itís definitely worthy of the praise that has been heaped on it. Lingering hoppy/roasty bitterness. Awesome stuff.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2006 vintage: Black and blacker on the pour, with a medium sized dark tan head. Aroma, huge roasty malts, dark fruits and coffee. Flavor had roasty coffee, fruits and a delicious sweetness to it. This beer screamed welcome back to america after the previous hour had been spent sipping on a westy. Great thick mouthfeel, very nice sticky finish to it. One of my favorite imperials.