Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with big tan head, major whiskey aroma, which I didnít find inviting for a beer. The taste was, however, great. Whiskey, oak, coffee...silky texture. Alcohol was present but pleasant. A must try for stout lovers.
Sammy (9281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
syrup rather than thick flavour, a tad sour. Black, roasty smell, not too creamy. First taste is wood. Then some chocolate, and roast, bit of vanilla and spot of coffee, sugar.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium sized tan head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a black hue. Aroma was malty, coffee, chocolate, hops, and bourbon. Flavor was vinuous, malty, somewhat dry tasting, some chocolate, and lightly hoppy. Mouthfeel was smooth.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great barrel aged imperial stout, but this one not quite as good as expected. Still great, nicely rounded edges, nothing too sharp, wood seemed to be a little potent, chocolate a big note, roasted malt another factor, hops come into play but only a small amount. Quite delicous.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On the verge of intense - in aroma and flavor - coffee, chocolate, hops, roast, dark fruits - plums, etc. Body is vinous, but seems awfully thin - this seems to be the downfall here - such rich flavor, but not enough body. Of course, Iíd gladly pick up another bottle....and I most likely will!
TChrome (1438) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Beer pour completely opaque. Aromas include coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is likewise coffee and a bit of milk chocolate. Bit thin mouthfeel. Tasty! Thanks Bu11zeye!!!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Totally dark color, with dark brown head. Very wine like aroma, with red grapes, dark fruits, burbon, and a slight sourness. Flavor is malty, slightly bitter, dry, with oak, vanilla, coffee, figs, and raisens. An interesting, unusual stout.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle. Aroma is big on butter and bourbon, abrasive and harsh at times, but pretty much covering the real meat of the stout. Texture is thinner than expected, a little oily. Flavors of buttery scotch and wood, finish has noticable alcohol with a dryness and just a small amount of chocolate. Almost undrinkable at times because of the butter flavors.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It feels like forever since Iíve had an imperial stout, but Iíve been wanting this one for a while. Aroma is intense, theres tons of malt right up front, and behind it there is a nice wooden, vanilla, grape smell. Of all the oak aged stouts Iíve had (which isnt many) I think this one benefits the most from the process. From what I remember, Old Heathen was a bit rough around the edges, but now, this is very smooth, very drinkable. The flavor now has a strong chocolate, vanilla and smooth oak with it. Wonderful mellowing of an already fine beer.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Something interesting happened here. My idiot roommates turned the fridge up too high and ice started to form in this beer. I poured it into glasses and removed the ice, so now this is an Imperial Stout Eisbock. Nice. Somehow this did not F-up the beer. It was Excellent! Very dark black with this brown head. Aroma of vanilla and licorice in oak. Flavor was full and strong. Very oaky with chocolate and vanilla. Damn good beer. Iíll have to try it sometime without removing some of the water.