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 (3550) - 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.
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 2004 bottle. Pours black and murky with a tanned head. Lots of lacing. Extremely full; maybe because of the MASSIVE layer of sediment in this one-year-old. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, rum and alcohol; very intense on all accounts. Sticky. Long bitter hoppy finish with some sweetness. Very intense and extreme beer. Excellent!!! Re(blind)rated at sk8vikingís: 8-4-9-3-18
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle. Deep black pour with just a little mahogany around the edges. Dark cap of head that has the look of suede leather, very fine textured and leaves nice lace as it settles. Rum, creamy vanilla ice cream, delicate sweetness, and very subtle roast. Much more roast in the flavor, and a very heavy hop presense. Intensely dark chocolate, and a lingering bitterness. Wonderful thick and smooth on the palate, like a chocolate shake. An impressive and memorable stout. Feels like a few more years might blend the components more harmoniously. Hops a little a aggresive right now, but not enough to be off-putting. A wonderful onslaught to the senses. Hezron, thankyou so much for the mighty gift!
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.