lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: chocolate, smoke, cherries, some cream, burnt malts
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: chocolate, cream, sweet cherries/strawberries, smokiness, roasted malts
Palate: smooth but almost too carbonated, smokey cream chocolate finish
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/1/04. On draft at GABF í04 in Denver, CO 10/1/04. Extremely dark coffee brown, almost black, with a dark tan head. Nearly perfect appearance on an imperial stout-- even the head is dark as hell-- but it could be a bit more opaque. Lovely rich aroma with a nice balance of sweetly decadent dark chocolate notes and dark roasty toasty coffee. Could be a little bit stronger, but itís damn good anyway. Mostly dark chocolate and some good roast on the flavor, but I could use a little more punch. Itís not the alcohol punch I want-- I love that this stuff is masked very, very well; itís the punch of incredible unfolding richness that this beer sort of lacks. Itís nicely complex with some molasses, dark chocolate-covered cherries (without any cherry fruitiness) and the aforementioned chocolate and roasted malts. Very lovely mouthfeel with fluffy carbonation and a full body. It also has nice balance and tremendous drinkability for what it is, but it could use a little more ass-kickness.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear but dark brown verging on black with some red traces around the rim, nice light tan foam; Aroma of hay and chocolate covered cherries. Slightly tart but smooth and malty, with subdued roastiness and cofee flavors, predominantly rich and malty with just the right amount of dark malt acidity....very effin' good.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler: Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Aromas of chocolate and malt with lots of bourbon like spice. Flavor is malty and roasty, all the usual chocolate and coffee notes, creamy, slight bitterness, spicy hpps or bourbon i dont know. Oaky vanilla flavors. Rich and fullof flavor but not over the top.
imrichbeeeatch (16) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Must be a new batch because the chalk board at the pub said 12.7% ABV.
Huge creamy, espresso-like head on top of a opaque black beer. I thought it was a little cold, and might have hindered the aroma, however, it was still nice. Sweet malt, huge roast, alcohol, slightly smokey, righ coco, and a slight hint of dark fruit (plums or dark cherries). First sip is slightly alcoholic, then quickly turns sweet and malty. Rich roast character of coffee and chocolate. I thought it could use more of this character, but as it warmed it came out a little more. Also, as it warmed, the alcohol seemed to go away. The body was perfect. Iíve had a few Imp. Stouts and they almost always feel too heavy, like syrup. This was perfect, present but respectable.
Beautiful beer, but if it is new (which I think it is) it needs a little age. Will be back to taste this next time they put it on.