Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer redefines mouthfeel. THIS is malty! Like a milkshake! Pours like oil. Aroma is cherries and alcohol. Taste is very smooth with chocolate and alcohol. Minimal roast and coffee flavors. A little overrated, but still a great beer none the less.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 6, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Opaque muddy black color, oily with tan carbonation & mohogany colored head with no lacing. The bottom 1/3 of the bottle is thick, compacted sediment, the top; liquid luxury. The aroma is...wow! Robust is an understatement! Alcohol, muskat grapes, brown sugar, molasses, maple sugar, sour cherries, vanilla, underlying coffee & roast. Strawberry jelly, some soy sauce, macadamian nuts, honey, sage, teriyaki, light tannins and tons of sweetness. The flavor is very balanced (surprisingly) with a bit of alcohol and a roasty chewiness like raisins and fig mixed with expresso mocha, buckwheat AND fresh hops like a crispy IPA. Finish is very mild for an Imperial Stout of this stature. Smooth but of course the massive body and creamy texture. The tail is oily and full with a note similar to whoppers. Lingering long enough to savor completely. Many thanks to Mike the BBB for this holy (or unholy?) bottle of the lord. Many more thanks to all of you fellow ratebeer people I've talked to and to this site in general for awakening me to quality beer. Here I stand at the peak of my achievments so far and realize how far I've come. Me and the dark lord, hand in hand. Into the land of four digits I come, be warned!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#600! Thanks to Jordo for sharing! Pours black... evil black. What head was there was dark brown along with the same lacing. Aromas are oh so complex. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, sour grapes, bread, and a liquor like aroma such as bourbon. Rolls through the mouth leaving a wake of complex flavors. Slightly yeasty. Maple flavors along with alcohol. Molasses, sour grapes, hops, caramel, roasted malts, subtle hints of coffee. Thick as oil. The palate is syrupy alcohol. Finish leaves all the flavors of the beer. Bitterness pervades. There is a paucity of carbonation, but that is expected. The alcohol sends warmth throughout the body after a few drinks. This is a damn fine beer. I bow to a new lord.
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I also benefited from EddieG hooking me up with this, although I must say that I was a bit disappointed with this beer, in my opinion it didn't live up to all the hype, the beer was pitch black in color with a bit of a reddish tint, semi-thin dark brown head, nice amount of lacing, roasted aroma with notes of coffee & vanilla, body was very full & thick, almost chewy, warming effect, dark roasted coffee flavors with notes of fruits & more vanilla, finishes on a bit of a burnt note, the body of the beer was a bit too thick & heavy for me, that was about the only thing I didn't like about it, other than that it was a great stout
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 Thank you EddieG for getting this beer for me. It pours with a very deep brown to black body with a reddish hue, topped by a huge, brown head that seams to last forever. An amazing amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is sweet, fruity and malty with notes of vanilla and alcohol, and an odd roastiness that makes it smell a little like stew. The flavor starts out sweet, fruity and malty with vanilla notes, slight roasty notes and some alcohol, then it finishes roasty, chocolatey and malty. This beer is thick as hell and very smooth.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Pours the like dirty motor oil thick and black with an oily shine. Has a heavy, chewy mouth feel. Flavors of coffee, vanilla, hops, and alcohol. One of the best imperial stouts that I have tried, if not the best.
mneil9799 (1) - USA - APR 1, 2004 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best Imperial Stout ever made. I think it is really the ingenious use of ingredients that lend this beer its unique profile. The hops are just right and blend nicely, the body is silky smooth, hinting that they possibly used oats to impart such a silky smooth texture. The beer is high in alcohol, but it is very well hidden. They hit a homerun on this one. Now if you could only find it on the shelf. I was lucky enough to get some at the Real Ale Fest from a firkin. (MapRoom, Chicago)
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes, I am being impatient. Initial pour is near black and oily. Look a lot like used oil from a diesel engine. Small but dense head of dark tan bubbles. Smooth and silky feel. Rich malt, fresh hops, and alcohol all sneak out of the lair. I pour the remaining sludge into a separate glass. Dark brown soup. Heavy aromas of fresh picked hops. Try this and it is mostly hops and yeast flavors with a late hops bite. Mix the two to create a murky brown substance with some specks of white yeast. Cream soup feel. Malt dominates with mild chocolate, and light fruit. late hops and alcohol burn. Chewy beyond any other brew that I can remember. This is not beer it is a malt shake. My lips are stuck together. I can hardily wait to try my other bottle in about 5 year. This should be absolutely fantastic by then. Kudos to DavidP for dropping this one off.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don't need to repeat the superlatives offered by others. A pitch, thick, black, oil of a beer with a caramel head. Roasted, chocolate, fruity, slightly vinous aroma. A bitterness marks the end of the flavor, after experiencing a blend of numerous other flavors. Huge flavors, long finish, big beer brewing at its best.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Heresy: I realize that I risk excommunication but here goes...The pour is indeed the thickest I have seen. Bubbles rise to the top and then disappear with a soda like fizz. The head has tints of red and the beer below looks like liquid chocolate. Not much aroma, but a faint whiff of cherries and raisins. Mouthfeel is divine- feeling, though not tasting like liquid chocolate. Taste is of intense raisins followed by orange peel bitterness. The fruit gives way to a port-like taste and alcohol burn. Beer leaves a film of dried sediment on the glass. I cannot detect any chocolate, roastiness or malt smoothness. The raisin is absolutely overpowering and distracting. If you like port or chocolate covered fruit peel- this is your stout. While it is quite an experience to drink/eat this beer- it is not an experience that I will seek out again. I am interested to know if age would mellow the raisin and bring out the chocolate. Ed- I thank you for the opportunity.
Re-rate 05 Release- Thats better. Loads of big beautiful bing cherries nestled in chocolate, yeasty malt. Wonderfully aromatic hops that balance out the huge sweetness. Now I see what the fuss is about. Still not my favorite imp stout- I would make this number three below Expedition and Oak Aged Yeti.