SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #200. Bomber from Ughsmash. So, I was able to converge my 200th rating with the biggest NFL game of the year. Perfect time for a Dark Lord.
When it comes to Impy stouts and aroma, DFHWWS is the benchmark. DL comes close. A lot going on in the nose (cherry, toffee, some metal when cold, caramel, some nuttiness, and even some cooked veggies) Great bredth in the aroma, but the depth isnít there. Maybe Iím nitpicking. When this is cold, the mouthfeel is very roasty. Let me correct myself. Very roasty. Also some metal, licorice, chocolate, coffee, molasses and a few nuts. The finish is very nicely bitter (from the coffee) and dry. Once you get to the second glass and second half of the bottle, it really starts to become chocolate cake ... a chocolate cake with a fudgey, evil, satanic filling. By the end of the bottle, it starts to get a little too sweet. Go figure. Thank you, Jason!
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bomber courtesy of goldtwins. This beer (my 369th) marks my one year anniversary on RateBeer. An oily, jet-black pour with a HUGE and creamy chestnut head that leaves rows of lacing. I noticed a good bit of syrupy sludge remaining in the bottle after I had poured the beer out. The incredibly rich aroma features plenty of molasses, vanilla beans, coffee and chocolate. Hints of plums and dark cherries in there too. Thick, chewy and syrupy all the way. So unbelievably roasty and chocolate cake-ishly rich! Sweet chocolately malts start off and transition to an equally sweet, molasses middle. Finishes with some powerful hops that linger. Vanilla, cream, cocoa and hints of cherries are present throughout. Burnt toasty tastes poke their head out at the end and become a little overwhelming. Otherwise, this is one of the most drinkable big beers Iíve ever encountered. The alcohol is deceptively well-hidden. The Dark Lord punished me by the end of the bottle. A great way to celebrate my RateBeer anniversary!
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is black with a deep tan head. Aroma is malt, alcohol, coffee, plums, molasses, hints of caramel. Complex. In the mouth it delivers more of the same, with hop bitterness and more apparent coffee and molasses notes. A great Russian Imperial, although I find myself less of a fan of this style as I age. Glad I was able to sample this top-rated beer with alaskanwarren. Thanks, Herzon!
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mmm...... wow.When you pour this beer you realize you didnít know what inky black really meant. And Iíve certainly never seen a head as dark and oily brown as this before. The aroma is so roasty and so mysterious.... wow. Hints of plum, coffee and molasses abound through that carbon roast that just eminates from the glass. Tasting it is much more of the same. Assaulted with the roasts, but balanced by the other flavors of more plum, coffee and caramel. And whatís that? Hops? Sure enough. Plenty there once you start looking for it. The way it just coats the glass with itís oily residue, you wonder - did I just put that in my body? yessir my friend. And you thank yourself for the opportunity. And thanks Hezron too, for the bottle. Yum.
neillio (4) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
this beer is definetly IT. So strong and roasty its a bit scary. This beer made me think less of other stouts i once thought were special. Three Floydís knew what they were doing and did not hold back(as usual). Iím not surprised they would make such a fine brew but i was surprised by the price. Unfortunatly its worth every penny...
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 what better beer to bid farewell to a Texan whilst reaching the inverted beastly numerology? Couldnít believe Kevin was willing to share. And can think of no other beer that could push aside all other beers tasted through a night with such deft ease. cutting to the end of the sampling, I looked with amazement as rinsing the slightest drop from the glass with water, the whole cup turned deep amber. There is no other. All the talk, all the yammering can turn me against something, but this was it. I really wanted to pepper this with profanity as a means of acheiving what I wasnted to describe, but the beer was ultimately IT.
barleyPops (1142) - 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.