Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 I canít say enough about this ridiculous beer. I drank this beer for the first time on new years eve 05/06, while eating a chocolate fondue. Strong alcohol, coffee, and hoppy aroma. This beer takes a big, fat, thick dump on your tongue, and it doesnít give up. Itís the thickest beer Iíve ever experieced, but itís still 13% alcohol, amazing.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Bottle thanks to ClarkVV. Happy New Year!
Pours very thick, indicating a thick palate. The head is not that impressing, giving away quite quickly. Aroma of the usual dark fruits, inkluding dates and raisins. As implided in the pour this is a very full bodied beer. Full taste of all the dark fruits, in their concentrated formula. Maybe some vanilla, nuts, cocoa nut are present. This is a sipping beer. Quite complex and needs several hours of contemplating. Coffee and dark chocolate is present as a major. There are also some nuts, vanilla and toasted bred present. A bottle one should share to get the best out of it.
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Molases with hints of chocolate aromas with strong sweet alcoholic overtones. Pitch black in color with ruby red lace and a thick creamy brown head. Nice malt flavor with a nice cherry flavor. Burnt chocolate overtones left in finish. Thick mouthfeel with a nice alcohol finish. Aroma led me to believe that the alcohol flavor would be stronger. Not overly carbonated and has some dryness. Really like the sweet dry carbonation along with the nice burnt alcoholic finish. One of the best Imperials that I have had a chance to taste.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 2005 vintage rated 12/28/2005
Pours black with a moussey brown head. The heads has some kick ass red tones. Tons of lace. The aroma is full of molasses, vanilla, dried dark fruits, winey alcohol, and cherry cough syrup. Sweet malts, abur sufficenlty bitter. Grape juice, burnt steak, and dried cherries. Meaty thick, coating, and warming. What a huge beer. Iím not a real fan of the Russian style of imperial stout. I tend to enjoy the American versions, but this is damn good.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
hey_kevin was in the Christmas spirit a few days ago at his Iowa City gathering and opened a bottle of this. 2004 vintage poured very dark with deep ruby red edges. almost no head due to a gentle pour. This stuff is viscous! it sticks to the side of the glass as I swirl it around. The aroma is great. I probably spent a good five minutes smelling this before I ever took a sip. Sun dried fruits, bourbon, burnt wood, chocolate all come through. All of that and more was in the flavor. This was very mellow and sweet, with very little hops coming through in the finish. Well balanced though. Great mouthfeel, extremely full but very smooth. Thanks Kevin!!!!!
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 23, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Honestly...not what itís all cracked up to be. Of course itís a great beer, but Iíd much rather be drinking a bellís expedition, stone imperial, or victory storm king.
I had a chance to try another one of these. And Iíll boost it .2 because it smells incredible.
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2006 Amazing stout - one of the best around. It pours thick and dark with a mixture of aromas. The initial taste is strong and quickly decomposes into a wonderful mixture of too many subtle flavors to mix. Great for special occasions when you really want to impress someone.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 Bottle. Dark colour allmost black. Lovely smooth aroma of roastedness, coffee and some oily like. Amazing tastful beer, with flavours of, sweetness roastedness, woody and coffee, it all ends up alcoholic and thick. A very speciel beer endeed.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 (on bottle at CPH Yeha05)OMG, had a sample from the last halst half of this 2004 edit, and it was thick as a mango-smoothie. Fat, oily, creamy mofo. As for aroma and taste it was good, well balanced between a grape, coffe and alcoholmix. There was woodt, barrel, rum like notes too, but not overwhelming.
ADRATING:( august ī07 at ōlbaren, Jannik og Bagers bon voyage party) ī07version; too unmature, 3.3 ī06,. Much more outlined and combined in tastespectrum, 4.3 ī04, still complex, but getting to be over the top, 4.
JaimeYap (2) - Valdivia, CHILE - DEC 8, 2005 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
To dusty looks, and taste like a smoked tabaco. No head available, maybe it was not fresh. Sorry.