hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2010
12 oz bottle, lucky to land some 9000 in Chicago. This was a very unique tasting Imperial Stout. Ultra sweet and rich, really has nothing to be compared to. This poured a liquidy stout black/brown with little brown head. Licorice, bourbon and coffee on the nose. Sweet and syrupy, very mellow for the strength, with a nice alcohol at the end. Leaves a residue in your mouth and the taste lingers for quite a while, two things I love about these stouts. Could have been a bit creamier. Hope to see how this will age.
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12oz bottle from Binnyís Des Plaines. Pours dark brown with small creamy tan head. Aromas of sweet molasses, dark fruits, raisins, booze, chocolate, sweet malts, and some light hops. Flavors of sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, hops, and some malt. Finishes sweet with light alcohol burn. This is one big sweet beer. Not a big roasty dry stout by any means. Lots of complex flavors going. Pretty easy drinker for such a big beer. Does not taste overly boozy but I could feel myself getting warmer. I am surprised as I thought it was going to be a bit of a syrupy mess based on how long it took them to release it and all the rumors on how it did not turn out right. This is quite a different beer from batch 7000. I need to find some more of this stuff. beernbourbon (1590) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle. Pour is deep mahogany with a slightly reddish hue and a smallish brown head. Aroma is fruity, roasted malt, light coffee, cherries, faint lactose, light metal, and molasses. This does not smell quite like I thought it would, itís a lot fruitier than most Stouts. This coats the mouth immediately. Flavor is also notably fruity with a roasted malt kick. The fruit is the initial flavor and it lasts for quite a while with notes of raspberry, cassis, and blueberry poking through. The malt, light coffee, and chocolate are in the finish; which is quite long and luscious. Also a touch of alcohol in my nostrils. Tastes like it has some age on it already, in a good way. Itís complex but cohesive. Kind of like barleywine meets impy meets JW lees. Really pretty drinkable, however itís good as sipper too. Canít wait to see how it ages. User29624 (1683) - - FEB 25, 2010
Very dark brown pour with almost zero head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, dark fruit. Thick sweet flavor. Dark fruit, caramel, molasses, touch of chocolate, licorice. Have to let it warm up a little bit, but this is very good stuff. Worth the wait? I think so. wetherel (1881) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Tried from bottle at Woodshop 5.0. Black color. sweet. Dark brown color. Buttery barrel aged goodness even though it is not barrel aged.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Black pour with a small, loose, tan head. The aroma is molasses and dark fruit with a little smoke, vegetables, black pepper, and pine. The flavor is bitter black strap molasses with hints of licorice, black coffee, sugary dates, pine needles, and a hint of bakers chocolate. The body is creamy and full with lots of carbonation and some alcohol bite. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle, thanks Brad. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is molasses, malt, licorice, and caramel. Flavor is molasses, licorice, malt, caramel, hops, and alcohol. Sweet and fairly heavy. A decadent sipper. misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Black pour - rich,cloudy,oily molasses,licorice, sweet candy ,syrupy,thick .Drink slow Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 [Rerated 2/10/13 - Originally rated 2/24/10: The soy is still pretty prevalent, but exactly the kind of impy stout I like. Soppy Sweet, malty and delicious. WAY to drunk at this point to acurately rate anything, but again... just plaint good... minus the soy.]
Bottle sample at work... Wow... the soy in the nose is so unatractive, but the beer is great!
Full bodied, sweet and creamy, full of malty character. What made me really enjoy this, however, was a pervasive hoppiness in the nose and from start to finish in the taste. While it was a bit unexpected, it was certaintly welcome by the end of the glass when the beer was beginning to become cloying.
Not much to say... if you want it, go out and get it... and save some for a friend! Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at Happy Gnome for Bells Big Ale night. Pours dark and thick with nice head and beautiful lacing. Nose is roasty chocolate with some hops but no discernible alcohol. Taste is again choc and hops but also with some coffee and caramel toffee notes. Very smooth with a nice light heavy mouthfeel.