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
’04 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 it’s 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 couldn’t 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.
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle. Deep black in colour with a think lasting brown coloured head. The aroma was of dark chocolate malts, deep roast, chocolate pudding, brown sugar but a dominating sweetness. The flavour was of dark chocolate, very rich and complex, some noticable alcohol, roasty but still very sweet. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, huge body, high carbonation. Finishes with a very long roasty bitterness. Extremely sweet, I am eager to try the 2004 version and re-rate accordingly.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved 22oz waxed cap bottles from jcapriatti and jimmack. Pours a deep dark black color with a big creamy foamy dark brown head. Trying to swirl for some scent, the head seems to not even move. Nose is of roast, big chocolate and coffee. Some toffee, alcohol and a bit of metal are also apparent. Taste time...the head hits your mouth like extra thick chocolate milk. It quickly spreads throughout your mouth leaving lots of roasty, creamy, chocolatey coffee spots all throughout your entire palate. Some hopps poke out through the body and leave a slight bitterness on your throat.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from Torrence Liquors in Calumet City IL. Folks have PM’d me to ask if they still have it in stock. The answer is no, they got cleaned out on Sept 3rd.
Upon pouring, a massive dark tan head of tightly packed bubbles forms atop the sinister black body from which no light can escape. A good deal of foam stays to the end. Aroma of roasted dry grain, slight hint of metal and some alcohol. Very strong, bitter deep-roasted malt & bitter hops dominates the flavor. Not much sweetness at all, though a touch eventually shows up as it warms. Alcohol is well-hidden. Dry roast dominates lingering aftertaste. Slightly oily palate and tingly carbonation on the tongue. Yeh, this is good, but IMO not worth the hype and DEFINITELY not worth the $18/bottle asking price. Glad I got a second bottle anyway -- it made for good trade bait.
ahole (38) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I rated this one before, but it must not have posted....It was very poetic - fitting for such a beer.
There are so many descriptions of this beer that i probably could not say anything that has not been said.
Dark chocolately, roasted, think, sweet, lingering, powerfull, smooth, and mind-numbing.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m not going to give a lengthy description of this beer, because I think others have gone into great detail, but obviously, it’s a great beer. Is it in my top 5 all time-no, is it my favorite Impy Stout-no, that’d be Speedway from Alesmith, but there’s no denying that it’s very well made and visually, one of the most beautiful beers I’ve ever had. I wish I had a second bottle, because I think it could benefit from at least a year of aging.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is Roaste malts, bread, and coffee. Taste is dark roasted malts, some sweetnes, and coffe.
mentor (2) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2005 does not count
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Thick pour and thick mouthfeel, yet it feels like tiny bits of foul roasted grain on my tongue. Smell is caramel, roast, chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes potently choclate and roast that only a hint of alcohol and black patent sour penetrate. This beer is not good, don’t believe the hype.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks Denton (Jokes) for this out of this world Imperial stout.
Ultra dark brown-black color with the most creamy froth ever seen. The head is like a Sabalione made with the blachest expresso coffee you can imagine. The color of the foam is intens warm brown and the concistency is super creamy. Mega complex aroma, it is nobel sweetish, has touches of Irish Coffee (made with Blackbush), nice hints of sweet tar, burned caramel, the blackend crust of sweet raisin bread, agorn sirup, corn-flowers, flower-pollen, cinnamon stick, burned edges of a hand made tarte tattin, crème brullée and fresh vanilla, cofit d’orange black chocolate and loads of herbs like sage, laurell leaf, mint and an outstanding selection of hops. The taste is super smooth. It is sweet without being sweet, it is super roasted without being over burned and it has this outstanding fruity part well coutered by the fine refreshing herbs and hops. First there is a sweet super concentrated coffee boost, then the creamy vanilla and fortified wine accenst are comming forward. Hints of Orange marmalade, Malaga wine and touches of a Dr Parcé Banyuls Hors d’age are giving this beer a complex elegance. later the well integrated herbal touches brings some extra refreshment in this most exelent stout brew. The high alcohol is super integrated and the afthertaste is rich, complex and herbal refreshing.
Is this the ultimat Imperial Stout?
Yes, to me it is.