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
Iím not going to give a lengthy description of this beer, because I think others have gone into great detail, but obviously, itís a great beer. Is it in my top 5 all time-no, is it my favorite Impy Stout-no, thatíd be Speedway from Alesmith, but thereís no denying that itís very well made and visually, one of the most beautiful beers Iíve 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, donít 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, crŤme brullťe and fresh vanilla, cofit díorange 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 Parcť Banyuls Hors díage 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.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating #500 - 22oz 2005 bottle - Pours the darkest black I have ever seen. Not one bit of light dares to penetrate this motor oil thick brew. A dark mocha head graces it then drops back to a film that laces the sides of the snifter like a milkshake in layers. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, plums, and a bit of bourbon. Flavor is smoky, almost burnt, coffee, molasses, chocolate and a touch of vanilla, a nice citrus hop finish makes this a delight on the tongue. The mouthfeel is quite heavy and thick. It coats the inside of your mouth like a sticky chocolate milkshake and is oh so smooth to drink. Not one bit of the alcohol can be found except for the warmth at the end of the sip. Absolutely decadent and beautiful. If there ever was a perfect beer this really has to be it.. I donít know really what to take points away from this for so Iím just going to give it my perfect 5. A masterpiece and very worthy of itís spot in the ratings!!
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
900th rating. Very nice roasty nose, notes of brandy, quite sweet. Jet black body, small ruby tint, small tan head. Sweet and roasty flavor, lots of brandy. Good stuff. Thanks Rene for sharing!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Updated 10/30/05. Sampled the 04 and the 05 side by side yesterday. The 04 is killer stuff, so viscous and dense. The 05 was good, but not nearly as intense an experience as the 04. Perhaps both the ageing and unfiltering made a difference. Regardless, my score is going up. Original Rating 8/8/05 Bottle 4/05 courtesy of Edward. The first time I sampled this was in a blind tasting during one of the Champaign-Urbana beer club meetings. I have to say I was impressed, but not at all overwhelmed. Ironically, of the Imperial Stouts we sampled that night, I found myself most drawn to the 2005 Founders. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, brown sugar, and dark spices made this a great beer, but imho, not worthy of its current status on ratebeer. Perhaps the unfiltered 04 version merited the hype.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Here it is. Direct from the brewery and sitting in my 55 degree fridge for 3 months. It is finaly time to sample the Dark Lord. It pours a thick black with shimmers of deep red and a huge creamy brown head with tiny uniform bubbles which continue to emerge from the blackness, building an expanding head. The aroma is sharp and powerful. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Smokey with a strong dark fruityness and a hint of alcohol. Deep coffee and chocolate malts also bring with them an expected sweetness from a beer of this strength. The malts flow effortlessly into a wonderful sharp citrus hop and both malt and hop linger in equal portions. There is only a hint of alcohol, which is quite a task for a beer of this strength. The feel is full bodied, both sweet and bitter and a stronger grapefruit hop feel and flavor emerges as it warms up. Itís amazing how clean and calm a beer of this size is. It is neither overpowering with malt nor hop or for that matter alcohol. Itís tremendous that is is so calm yet has such great complexity at the same time. Itís hard to understand how such bold flavors can emerge, without any overpowering the others. I was unsure what to expect because of the hype, but this beer is worth every penny and accolade that has been thrown upon it. My highest rated beer yet. Bravo Three Floyds. Bravo.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 65 cl) Black, almost opaque with a dark brown head. Pronounced roasted malt and a distinct alcohol. Lovely full-bodied, extremely raisiny - all sorts of dried fruit and chocolate before a hot and alcoholic finish. Delicious indeed. 170705 and 070907
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black tar. Tight sticky dark brown head. Aroma and flavour are completely intertwined. Chocolate espresso, chocolate mousse cake. Dirty tar and mediciney hops. Vanilla. Heavy pudding. So bloody tastey. Not over-hyped in the slightest.