MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 thanks Pailhead Black as it can get nice tan head but dissappeard within a few minutes. Nice roast malt aroma with the usual hints of chocolate coffee and molassess. fFlavor was very impressive with a very fine mouthfeel. The roast malt flavor seemed to be well balanced with chocolate and fruit sweetness. Flavors of cream and vanilla were also there as well. Very drinkable for being such a big beer. canít wait to try again
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 2005 release. Where do I even begin? Iím terrible at descriptive writing; consequently, I donít know that I can put the experience of this beer into words. But damn it, Iíll do my best. Upon pouring this into the glass, one can notice that this is one thick, black beer. In fact, it gives new definition to both. A beautiful dark chocolaty head cascaded quickly receding to a thin lace. The aroma is roasted chocolate, coffee, molasses, burnt fruits and alcohol. This beer is wonderfully complex. Your mouth is greeted with a very thick and rich feel. Burnt chocolate and roasty coffee flavors kick you in the teeth followed by dark fruit, plum, and molasses. Finish is coffee and hop bitterness. This beer is like chocolate cherry cake in a bottle. The alcohol is very well masked. You would never guess this beer is as big as it is. Definitely the best impy stout, and possibly the best beer Iíve ever had.
Notes from DL vertical tasting: 2004 is the bomb bizzle. Pours out super black with huge roasty aromas blasting you in the face. The taste is very sweet, but not cloying. Loads of chocolate and roastiness followed by dark rum soaked fruits and a bit of soy. 2004 is the bees knees. It does not get better.
2005, although having rated it and enjoying it before, I immediately noticed itís shortcomings when drinking it side by side with the 04. It had a very astringent bitter aftertaste that detracted from the overall experience, Iím not sure if it was hops or roastiness...it was hard to tell. It was still very good though.
2006 was a step back in the right direction. It had all of the flavors of the 04, but without that harsh bitterness at the end. It couldnít match the oily mouthfeel of the 04 though.
beermakefat (3) - PAW PAW, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
too thick but the flavor is very nice. i have actually converted my car to run off this shit.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a gift AND treasure received from Silphium.....an imperial doesnt get better than this....black syrupy appearance with medium brownish-red head....aroma of caramels, chocolate, vanilla, nuts, molasses....a roasted masterpiece of a flavor, with coffee, chocolate, heavy in molasses, cream, a touch of cherry and bitter hops....WOW....all of this to go along with a perfect creamy, syrupy palate.....if this was made by the dark lord, then i must bid farewell to my church-going experiences....THANKS TO SILPHIUM
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1000. 2004 Bottle: Almost 2 years old. When originally sampled, this poured like an imperial milkshake, however, it has changed a lot over the past two years. Beer pours black with a nice thick dark, red tinged, tan colored head. Aroma is very rich with molasses, coffee, lots of dark chocolate, some yeast, alcohol and vanilla. Flavor is also very rich. This is totally a desert beer, because drinking this beer is very similar to consuming a chocolate cake. Big rich chocolate flavors, with some roastiness, liquor infused cherries, no hoppiness left to be found in this almost two year old sample, but that is OK. Thickest, most tounge coating, wonderful heavy palate ever. Rated the day before Thanksgiving, USA. Thank you Rate Beer, Nick Floyd, DFW Raters, all of the brewers who are hopping their beers to high heaven. Thanks be to God for His mercy. Bottom of the bottle is more like a remember, sludgy and brimming with yeast and hops. At this point, only the final two inches of the bottle is wasted. I donít believe there will ever be another batch like this one, and I donít know how I am ever going to bring myself to open my last bottle.
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This wonderful brew was supplied to me by npdempse. What great stuff. A new favorite for sure. I knew it from the first sip. Super Super dark. No light getting through this sucker. Dark Brown head that faded to a ring and continued to leave decent lacing. Aromas of cherry, molassas, chocolate and coffee. Flavors were outstanding with more molassas, dark currant, and roasted roastiness. Perfect hops on the finish to make the best beer I have ever had. Great Stuff. Thanks again Nick!!!!!!!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 2004 edition. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of cherries, rasberries, coffee, caramel, chocolate and fruity. Taste is very complex and almost overwhelming with almost too many tastes to describe. I can see why this one is a top 50 beer. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Finish lasts a while with some decadent chocolate elements lingering long after the final sip.
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 (1549) - 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!