SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
After drinking, itís obvious why this beer is so highly rated. I canít believe I got to try it; thanks again doppelganger.
Dark chocolate, raisins, licorice, cough syrup and alcohol in aroma (a very robust aroma, mind you).
Surprisingly biting bitterness that lingers and combines with cherries and heaps of dry dark chocolate. Full bodied with hot finish.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Beer. The Myth. The Legend. So it just happened that my very first DL came to me at the INDY Tasting 2/25. Thanks to Yankee for this one! This was an í04 bottle. This mammoth of a beer pours black with a medium dark tan head that has highlights of rust color in it. The head fades away and leaves nice lacing. You can see how abnormally huge this beer is when swirled in the glass. The viscosity is amazingly large. The aroma was HUGE!! Notes of chocolate, caramel, alcohol, vanilla, smoked meats, and more chocolate!! Once again, a HUGE flavor! Very sweet off the bat as soon as it touches your lips, this soon fades to an alcohol, vanilla, and chocolate. This soon gives way to a bittering coffee alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, this stuff will be picked out of your teeth for days!! So Thick! This beer lived up to be exactly what I expected. HUGE HUGE HUGE... I can not wait to get more!!
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enormous thanks to TAR for this bottle. This beer has it all. Fantastic thick mouthfeel that feels like it envelops your entire body the moment it touches your lips. This stuff is so dense the glass feels extra heavy. Just about everything you could hope for is in here, including (but not limited to) roasted malt, alcohol, hops, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, cherry, oak, toffee, bitterness. Somehow nothing is in charge. Each sip brings something completely new. It is the ultimate drinking experience to be able to seek out and focus on anything you choose. This is THE king (or should I say Lord) of imperial stouts. I donít think this could be outdone.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Acquired via a trade and shared with buds at my favorite bar. I was so worried that this couldnít possibly live up to the hype and expectations. I was wrong! The pour was a perfect pitch black with a stunning thick head that coated the glass like motor oil. My nose was overwhelmed with chocolate!! Also detectible but definitely more subtle was malt and coffee. It smelled like someting youíd pour over vanilla ice cream. Taste was all chocolate and malts up front, just incredible. The back end was very hoppy and almost grassy, true to 3Fís form. Alcohol was evident but not obnoxious. My friend said it felt like his tongue was wearing a warm and fuzzy wool sweater when he was done drinking this, I agree. Greatful to have had the chance to try it and even more greatful for having been able to share it.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black in color and poured with no head at first but soon blossomed into a thick, reverse cascading creamed coffee colored head leaving swaths of lacing down the glass. Carmelized malt, anise, coffee, dark chocolate, and chicory in the nose with a decent amount of alcohol. Coats the mouth with a ton of concentrated malt, molasses, espresso, some dark chocolate, and a little smoke. Thick mouthfeel that is silkey smooth and not at all cloying carries all of it nicely with a heafty dose of herbal hoppieness in the back half. Finished with coffee beans and malt.
Oh, and this is apparently #400 for me.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Walt for sharing this beer. Pours a thick black/brown with a tan head and thick syrupy lacing. Roast, malt, hops, vanilla and coffee in the nose. The flavor is sweet and roasty at first then develops into bitter chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Very nice mouthfeel. Great beer.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark thick body, modest head formation. Rich dark fruit, licorice and chocolate aroma. Big, thick chewy palate, lots of malt, especially sweet, creamy with strong coffee and licorice as well as prune and raisin fruitiness. Very sweet overall, not much hop bite, while the alcohol is very well restrained.
magicbill (19) - Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had the 04 right after release and again in Dec. of 05. This beer gets better. the first bottle had at least 2 fingers of sediment and the taste was overwhelming. a year later the sediment was minimal (itís non filtered). The taste smoothed out. The beer pours like a cream sherry and is too much to drink alone. My wife has used it in cooking and itís intense flavor really comes through.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
whoa....I expect a lot from this beer with its formidable ratings...letís see: beautiful, dark, thick black body with barely a head, but whatís there is dark tan around the sides of the glass. OK...the aroma is filled with smokiness, slightly alcoholic and yes, molasses as the commercial description suggests. Whoa! The flavor is intense! Heavily smoked, woody, chocolately, and full of coffee notes, some figs and dates too, adding to this complex mixture of interesting flavors. Very chewy, much more like a rich dessert than a beer...there is no way I could finish a bottle of this by myself, thatís for sure, but it is a great treat.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 [re-rate - note for 2006 version - much less balanced, and far more boozy - still damn tasty, though] Many thanks to zathrus13 for this one - this beer gives Speedway Stout a run for its money as my favorite Imperial Stout so far - this sucker pours a light-swallowing opaque, with a substantial brown head - burnt/roasty/carmelized aroma, with lots of oak, espresso, vanilla, vinous/red wine/port-like qualities - very oily mouthfeel - starts off very vinous, with sweet port character, some cherry, plum and figs - nice sweetness, but not cloying like most beers of this strength - then a strong, coffee bitterness shows itself, along with oak, some ashy/roastiness, boubon and enough alcohol to create a warmth, but not enough to burn - very long, lingering finish of cocoa and coffee, like eating chocolate-covered espresso beans - almost perfect.