phiconners (143) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark and rich. Aroma and flavor is dominated by bourbon. Unfortunately Iím not a fan of bourbon at all, and could not get past it with this one. I respect their craft, but I have to rate it based on my personal experience. Maybe there should be another category for this type, as Iíve really enjoyed all of the other imperial stouts Iíve tasted.
rickgordon (3828) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, Stockholm Beer Festival.
Black in colour. Cocoa and resin nose. Flavour is from lumumba, chocolate bar and is nutty. Smooth palate feel, medium bodied. ABV shines through, not that it would matter.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 (Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small light brown, quickly diminishing, head. Aroma of chocolate chip cookies, coffee, roasted malt, and oak. Flavor of sweet chocolate and a hint of oak barrel. Excellent Imperial Stout!
rlgk (8445) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black. Malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavor, but toom uch alcoholcoming through. Not bad, but I had this along with some other stouts at the Stockholm Beer Festival 2004, and the competition was not good to this one.
SpringsLicker (2936) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Side by side with old Heathen, thanks to Willblake for this!!
As this emerged from the barrel, Old Heathenís big head was gone. This poured a slick black oily looking brew with hardly a bubble.
Vanilla adds itself to the aromas that came with the Old Heathen, but this is much smoother and alcoholic.
The taste is bigger, smoother, and even more complex than the Old Heathen. Hard to beleive itís the same beer, so much character is added to this one from the barrel aging. Wonderful Imp Stout. Worth seeking out!!!
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque except on the very edges of a sharply tilted glass. Good lacing, low head. Beautiful aroma, vinous, deep grape, not so much roasted, a hint of coconut. Perfect balance in the flavor and oh so smooth. A bit thin, perhaps, but still so smooth.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 Thick black pour with a creamy head. Aroma was nice & sweet, altough a bit subtle. Flavors of coffee, whiskey, oak, alcohol, caramel, chocolate. Very very smooth and well balanced.
shadey (1815) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Pour was jet black with a thick creamy tan head. The smell was awesome. Sweet, cocoa and carmel. Vanilla too. The aroma was mouthwatering. Beautiful lacing as the head receded. The texture was smooth and creamy. No hint of alcohol at all. The creamy chocolate and vanilla mix delicately throughout. This was a masterpiece.
RERATE: Oily black pour with a huge creamy rich delicious head. Mocha and toffee aroma. Rich chewy palate. Flavor is a creamy smooth mix of toffee , caramel and toffee. A hint of mild sweet chocolate as well. Beautiful and delicious. 9/5/9/5/19
One-Year Old Bottle. I have hyped this beer so much in my head. This is one of my favorite stouts. Built on the delicious old heathn, this beer was done very well in the bourbon barrels. Smooth silky black pour with a nice ring of dark tan cream, and wisps of tan. Aroma is smooth vanilla. Flavor is up front smooth and rich with a nice mix of the chocolate and vanilla but quickly drops to a nice roasty finish. This beer is at its best when fresh. 8/4/8/5/18
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ebon hue, nearly all light is trapped inside, with mere crimson glimmers at the cracks...nice, though brief, cocoa-colored head
Aroma is a bit on the shy side, not quite unfolding all the delights I anticipate from a top-of- the-line IS. Molasses, maple, anise, espresso, the usual suspects.
Taste: nice, and rich, and very good in the mouth, but fairly underwhelming, compared to the better ISís out there. Cocoa gets thicker in the texture...gets Alcohol, also, seems humble at first, though speaks up later in the game.
A bit hoppier than I expected, as well, and it all feels on the whole, mellow and smooth, despite the jumped-up flavor characteristics. Tasty, and not too overbearing. Gets thicker, richer, tastier as we go further in, but not too much so. A milder, mellower, balanced IS than those Iím used to, but thereís nothing wrong with that, is there? I didnít think so...
the more I drink of this, the more I like it. Doesnít blow me oway, but thatís okay...
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oprah Winfrey beer,thick dark and rich.You get the point.Even the head of this is dark tan.But the aroma coming from this,sh*t.Oaken nose that comes off smelling like Bourbon.Like some the fancy bar drink that has a vanilla bean in it.Tastes great,who cares if it more filling??The blend of oak ,coffee,and vanilla is done very well as not one outdoes the other.Nice body but what impresses me most of all is how the flavors manage to linger so long on the tongue.