kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 This is a pretty damn unique beer. It was more fruity than I expected and it wasnít as dark as I expected. But for sure a very unique beer with interesting complex flavors. For sure you should try at least once. Needs more carmelization and burnt coffeneess to it.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Thick black sludge with lots of sweetness. Not as thick as others had led me to believe. There was no sediment in my bottle whatsoever (granted, it had not been left standing for any period of time). Alcohol very well hidden with a light burn. The malt was not as thick as I expected, but it was plenty thick. No taste of alcohol whatsoever!
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Thanks Eyedrinkale. Deep dark brown in color with a tan head. Sweet. Malty. Maple syrup. Thick and chewy. Tasted like hoppy malt extract. Not what I was expecting. Update. Bottle. Thanks Eyedrinkale. Deep dark brown in color like oil. Wow. Chocolatety aroma. Caramel and roasty notes. Wow. Thick. Smooth tasting. Creamy. Nice.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Update: 2 separate samples of the í05.
Roasty aroma with a young alcohol presence. Big roasty flavors on the tongue, with an alcohol presence. Flavors and alcohol are obviously young, but this will develop into a fantastic brew when aged, much like Speedway. Give it a year.
Bottle sample from Eyedrinkale at Brewtopia. Deep Dark brown, tan head. Awesome aroma of sweet malt, fresh wort, and hops, and maybe some maple syrup. Flavor reminds me of hopped malt extract. Not what I was expecting at all. Doesnít even seem like a finished beer. Massive sweet hops. This brew takes me back to my first homebrewing days, and taking a taste of dark hopped malt extract from the Home Brewery. Thick chewey and sweet. Tastes good, but I am not as impressed by it as others are.
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
color is opaque, head is deep brown, thin, somewhat lasting. aroma is moderate alcohol, lots of roastiness, lots of chalkiness and chocolatiness and a hair of fig. flavor is immediately the dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, loads of concentrated sugars. immediately tongue-numbing. very sticky sweet on the tongue with a bit of alcohol burn. overall, the alcohol is fairly well masked by the malty sweetness, hops are very very subdued, relatively speaking. chocolatiness and dark fruits dominate this beer....damn good though. thanks to Mike (aka BBB63) for this!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer was sampled and shared with Beerguy101, thanks again mitch! This is the first beer I can proudly say IS perfect! This was like dessert in a bottle. It pours a liquid sludge, a total midnight eclipse in a glass. Sloshing the beer around in your snifter only left syrupy sticky malt all over the sides of your glass. There was absolutely no head to speak of, and sloshing the beer around your glass did nothing but create orange bubbles which quickly burst. Now for the aroma. The aroma yielding anything and everything. Aromaís of wood, alcohol, rubbing alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, molasses, cotton candy, oranges, caramel and some hops. I mean literally...MALT everywhere..you might as well throw the kitchen sink into the aroma as well. You could take a sip and discover something new in the aroma for nearly an hour if you tried. The taste contained heavy caramel malts with candy sugar, vanilla, cotton candy, some orange in the finish, a slight mid-taste hint of hops, and a big snickers bar type mouthfeel. Chunky, thick, sweet and syrupy mouthfeel...ALL MALT. What is astounding is the absolute non-presence of alcohol in this beer. How in the HELL did they hide 13% ABV? This has one of the longest lasting mouthfeels of any beer Iíve ever tried. Some nutty molasses qualities toward the end of the bottle. OH man were there some serious yeasty chunks at the bottom of that bottle. Wonderfully chunky coffee and dessert beer. Sweet, voluptuous and full bodied. By far and large the best beer in the world at the moment.
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 <P>Rerate 2/25/05: Is this the same beer I had a year ago? My original rating was a 3.7 and I felt I was being a little generous. I had a bottle at a blind tasting at kpís and this got a good score for a good beer. Big, grapey aroma. Coffee is there, but under the fruit. Lingering hop bitterness. A lot of EVERYTHING.
<P>This is thick. It pours thick, it feels thick and it sticks to your ribs like a stack of pancakes. Pitch black with a thin brown head. The aroma is chocolate, a little vanilla and soy sauce. The flavor continues with the chocolate and soy sauce with a little bit of molasses. Iím really surprised to not notice much if any roast malt in the mix. Iíll have to try to make it up north when itís on tap and try this again, but this definitely did not live up to expectations.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
OK, this highly anticipated beer was disappointing. It poured like 10W/40 oil after 10,000 miles use. Seriously, it is a little scary of a pour. A very small tan head rims the glass. Aroma is like Godiva liquor, which is chocolate alcohol. Thatís pretty much all I get here. Flavor is simple in a way. Complexity does not apply to this. Itís chocolate, alcohol and molasses. Thatís really it. Bitterness is actually more subdued than other Imperial Stouts Iíve tasted. The body is sticky and very full. Now comes the bad part of the beer. The 2nd half was basically not palatable. It poured out inconsistently chunky and just plain gross. I took a single sip and could do no more. Only one-half of the beer was drinkable. This is a poor value. I would definitely not buy this again considering the price...although Iím all for trying this on tap.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iím attempting to uncap this as I would any other beer, but the Dark Lord wonít have it that way! "Itís not normal!" And I left the wine servicer at work! Ah, hereís one! Shhfft!, there she goes, now to pour...
Darkest, blackest hue, a perfect pitch, color-wise, ebon in itís epitome, as soiled as Satanís underthingís, with a smallish head, but richly roasted, deep tannish brown, quickly succumbing into a tight ring.
Aroma is rich and redolent with all things dark and good, ...molasses speaks up, soy sauce gets a nod, prunes, raisins, port wine, a hint of dark rum, and a glimmer of carob, an intriguing and arresting nose.
Taste: Huge! Thick! Pow, pow, powerful! This is the 800 gorilla on the palate, when it sits around the mouth, it SITS AROUND the mouth!!!
Oh, my, good, loving, freakadelic-alicius-LORD!!!
So rich, it begs the robber barons to empty the playing field, for they havenít got the coinage to match this magic! Massive mouthfeel! A sea of chocolate swims on the tongue, and invades every center of the senses! Fruit chimes in too, cherries, and berries, all drenched in chocolate, as well!
A clinging factor pervades the flavor, as well, for this is a taste that never quits, never lets it linger, it stays, and stays, and if youíre not ready to make it comforable at your home, it doesnít care, youíre taking the couch and Dark Lord is sleeping in your comfy cushy adjusta-bed!!!
WOW!! Luxuriant, like nothing else, rich to the point of delirium, a powerful . liquified candy bar, ....a decadent treat, like no other!
oh, my...puts all other pretenders to shame... a killer-diller,I fear running out of superlatives and will allow this malevolent master to merely stride along this mortal realm with all my blessings, and add the enconium that itís a majestic and dangerous thing all in one package...oh, my..in this case, all other previously praised Imperial Stouts must take back-seat, oh, my, though, Mr. Hershey should worry! Mr. Nestle could fret, too..good Lord, itís good, almost too much for me...if you want to examine the limits of this style, go no further than Dark Lord!
So heavy on the palate, so huge in flavor!
Bow down, one and all, bow before your Dark Lord, and donít mess around, he can do that finger-chokey- thingy, just like Lord Vader, I mean, theyíre practically cousins, so, unless you know some Jedi juju, stray far away from the terrible magic of the Dark Lord...unless you enjoy this particular punishment...which I do! In spades!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours the darkest black imaginable with a dark brown coffee looking lacing.... Aromas of a mocha, tobbacco, and little berries... the mouthfeel is full, similar to the speedway, but with a better finish. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, a litle zinfandel and dates.. I am beginning to think that this brew is what everyone is raving about. Man o man o man.... this brew makes the speedway stout look look a budweiser..... no... itís not that much better, but it is a lot more balanced. Itís a whole lot smoother, and the finish is amazing... no flavors that make you cringe.
Wow... I wonder if this will age well as their is no carbonation to speak of ..... Still... a very very nice imperial stout that will be in my top ten because I am an imperial stout whore. I know it... Itís okay.. ....isnít it?