RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark roasted elements but not too bitter. Surprisingly light on the palate for the ABV (and that is not a criticism.) Nice coffee and licorice flavors.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at argo0ís xmas party, thanks kmweaver! Pours black with medium tan head. Very malty aroma, earthy, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite similar, reminds me of North Coast Rasputin, but less coffee and sweeter. Some alcohol in aftertaste. Very nice beer.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Craig for the hand-bottled bomber! Poured clear, deeper brown with a short, swirly cap of tan head.. medium-viscosity with lower carbonation. The aroma picked up somewhat singed dark chocolate, darker fruits (with black currants well-represented), and molasses, giving a warm, sweet impression.. some simple sugars apparent, but I found this really enjoyable! The flavor had a well-roasted caramel, dark chocolate, and molasses core with a bit of coffee bitterness and alcohol warmth at the back-end.. some brighter piney bitterness, caramel, and black currants on the sticky and long finish. Medium-plus bodied with lighter carbonation on the palate.. sticky and warm on the back with a dry herbal twist. This was a really good beer!
JK (4916) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This didnít seem like an imperial. The beer is black and quite thick, with low carbonation. The simple aroma has coffee and some malt, it does smell good. Flavor has more intense coffee, and medium sweet roasted malt. A great, thick palate, which is probably the best quality of this beer. A well done coffee stout. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hand bottled from cbkshubert. BIG THANKYOU!This poured big black body, tight tan head,. lots of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Taste was full body, coffee, and loads of chocolate. Vanilla lingers after the swallow. Loved this. Can only imagine how great this is fresh. A new major fav.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 on tap @ TCB. pours black with a thin tan ring of foam. aroma of malted whoppers...chocolate, richly roasted grains, root beer and some ashiness/bitterness. flavor has everything in the aroma with the addition of black cherry, earth, wood and a nice ashy dry balance. finishes with a nice bitterness and leaves behind a nice chocolate and coffee aftertaste which lingers for quite a while. alcohol creeps in as it warms. medium to full bodied with a creamy rich mouth feel. it leaves a sticky chocolate film on my lips. not overly sweet as imperial stouts tend to be.
itís confirmed... this is better than dark lord AND darkness. so, neener!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown, almost black with a beige head. Pleasant chocolate roastiness with a hint of cereal in the nose. Flavor is very roasty/chocolatey with caramel, cherries, plum/raisin and a level of soil/earthiness. Pretty sweet. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Good stuff overall.
sthlm (1246) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Growler, big thanks go to Skyview for sharing] Pours dark with a nice tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and maybe molasses? Taste is mainly roasted malt and some chocolate, but also has some unusual almost peppery notes in it too. Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good long finish of coffee and something else that I canít quite make out. An unusual imperial, pretty good beer though.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottled bomber, courtesy of cbkschubert, thanks Craig! Pours a dark brown/black with a creamy one finger dark tan head, slight lacing. Aroma is fresh roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, and slight citrus hops. Flavor starts with a pleasant hops bitterness, followed quickly by milk chocolate and espresso. Palate is full, smooth and silky, with a slight amount of the hops lingering. A well done IS, and glad for the chance to try!
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(growler, thanks kmweaver) Brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, rich, milk chocolate, roast. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, roast, light burnt. Smooth medium-full body, light alcohol burn.