BBB63 (5938) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks TAR for bring this to the Labor Day gathering:
Completely opaque with just some ring and lace. The nose detects fleshy fruits, sweet and burnt malts, heavy yeast esters and a phenolic and vinous (port really) nature. The taste has a big smoked and vanilla liquor nature supported by a twangy and fruity undertone. Becomes more whiskey and charred barrel like on the finish with molasses note as well. The feel is quite oily and sticky, syrupy yet smooth. Warming but not over powering on the finish. This is so yummy, big and bold yet balanced.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a pitch black no head. heavy bourbon aroma. taste of bourbon was overpowering. smooth mouth feel dry in the end. not bad but not my cup of tea. or beer
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottle sample acquired from TAR. Poured a dark black with red at the edges and a smaller sized light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, coffee and light vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, light coffee, smoke, bourbon, light molasses and roasted malts. Light alcohol burn in the end. Smooth body.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Dark Brown Coloring with Small Tan Head. Aroma Promises Sweet Whisky for The Tongue. Rich Mouthfeel. Nice Coffee/Espresso and Chocolate Notes. Whisky Dominates Overall.. All the Flavors are Well Rounded..But Not a Flavor Balanced Impy. Definitly Tasty and Enjoyable Overall.
auerbrau (3144) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. Barrel Aged. Pours super tar black, with a growing frothy light brown head. Very even. I had a double dose of this at the Brewfest. What a ridiculously amazing beer. Tops at the fest for sure! Aromas of coffee and chocolate bounce of the beer. Roasted honey, nut and sugar flavors. Finishes with strong vanilla, coffee, and espresso. Unlike other Imperial Stouts or Stouts, the flavors arenít as harsh or dry as I would expect, instead theyíre very mellowed out and smooth and very supple. The sugary sweet, velvet texture just rounds this out beautifully. Amazing!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, roasty, chalky, vanilla, bourbon, cherries and candy-like sweetness in the aroma. Dark brown body is topped by alight tan head. Strong alcohol in the sweet flavour with plenty of bourbon character and a mild finishing roasty bitterness. Medium-full body with some alcohol warming. For my taste, I find that the bourbon character is overly dominant and somewhat wipes out the stout character. Hand-bottled from a growler and enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New England Road Trip Easter í05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #37. Sampled in our motel room, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. Solid, nearly impenetrable ink with minimal frosting...chocolate, coffee and maraschino cherry exude out of roasty malts in the lovely aroma...whiskeyish flavor definitely stands out, chocolate soaked in vodka...fruitiness and relatively strong hoppiness with a sticky rather than milkshake mouthfeel makes it seem a bit more barleywinish...interesting, one of THís best probably, but just average Imperial.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand-bottled by footbalm, thanks to ClarkVV for sharing. Very dark brown appearance, not totally opaque. Limited tan head quickly fades away. Strong overwhelming minty bourbon aroma. Develops an interesting complexity. Dark toasted breadiness goes hand in hand with the aftereight chocolate and woodiness that evolves into a light, well contained roastiness. Strong dominant bourbon on the palate makes it feel ver strong in alcohol. Slightly vegetal profile through its vanilla beans components. Minty flavours stay all through while a light bitterness takes place, not very bitter, but certainly very dry finish. Solid imperial, but another one with strong bourbon character that seems to thin the mouthfeel a lot.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2011 Peppery oak is laid onto chocolate and molasses which coat a subtle roastiness...A bourbon whisky splash sprinkles the velvet-y thich flavors... Flavorful, not overdone, and pleasantly robust, this has become over the years, one of Americaís best examples of the style... Bravo!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/28/05. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with footbalm on RateBeer 3/16/05. Hand-bottled. Very dark brown-- not black but a sort of chocolate brown-- oily body. Pretty weak head, gray-tan, that lingers in a light, dusty film. Lacing is weak. The 3 could be even lower, but itís that high mostly because itís not totally transparent. Unimpressive for an imperial stout. Nose is great-- sweet chocolate with some dark toffee and light roasty elements, a hint of black licorice and some subtle winey and alcohol notes. A touch sour. But the bad news is that itís a bit too faint, unfortunately. Some Tootsie Roll sugary hints too. Taste is dark chocolate with a sort of bitter hop bite, some kind of inky acrid roast. Some dark, wet woody notes in there, as well as shades of sweet bourbon (beneath the cheap chocolate). Vanilla extract (not the vanilla you like) and a distinctly unsophisticated dessert flavor. Smores! Feels very dark and prickly but thick and oily at the same time. Finish is boldly roasty with dark char and some soured espresso, hints of cheap chocolate. Body leans dry with a somewhat prominent sour roasted malt, full body and long finish but a bit too unfocused-- I get the roast and alcohol, but the sour burnt coffee and oily licorice donít sit all that well. Finish hums along well after the swallow, but lacks elegance until the heavy sweetness of the cheap chocolate subsides. The long end of the finish is quite lovely, however. I donít know if Iíve ever had a dry-oily imperial stout that I completely loved. Still, very good despite many reservations.