probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2007
Bottle shared by Lubiere (grand merci!!) served in a goblet, cold. AP06/07Burrobuns (83) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2007
App.: Very deep brown-black, a few large flecks/chunks of off-white yeast, small mocha head.
Aroma: HUGE, thick molasses, licorice, raisins, figs, tangy dried fruits, chocolate, vanilla, sweet treacle and caramel; some wood, a touch of brine and canned meat and soybean grassiness. HUGE.
Palate: Thick and syrupy, quite powdery, low carbonation. A mouthful, to say the least.
Flav.: Plenty of smokey chocolate, molasses, treacle, burnt sugar, cacao, dried fruits; a little wood; stays with you a loooong time, hops lingers, fair bitterness and hardly a hint of alcohol.
Good lord. It’s like there’s an Expedition in my mouth and everyone’s invited.
WIthout a doubt the best stout I have tried. Taste is amazing coffee and chocolate flavors, but also a bit sweeter and more of alcohol bite than a lot of stouts. Flavor is so intense that it is almost overpowering (a good thing). Dark color with no head. Everyone should try this. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2007
pours a thin creamy brown head and black color. Aroma is dark fruit, dark malt-chocolate, wood. Taste is sweet dark malt-licorice/chocolate, acidic bite, dark fruit, wood. Thick mouth feel, coffee aftertaste. Not my taste. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate, and a little alcohol. Flavor is mostly of roasted coffee/chocolate malt, and some bittering hop aftertaste. Extremely strong flavor. Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2007
Pours a deep black with a hint of a copper brown head which settles into a small ring around the glass. Aroma is roasty malts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is roast chocolates and slightly burnt malts with some carmel sweetness. Very creamy mouthfeel with a slight alcohol burn. Taste lingers several minutes. Nice stout.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours like black and thick with a big tan head that stays atop through the duration of this long slow sipping session. Aroma is vinous with alchol notes remincent of wiskey, but also chocolate and coffee. Flavor was great, fills the mouth with espresso, chocolate, slight bit of vanilla. Its dry yet matly. nice think palate that is not as think as stone impy, but definitely a delight. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Bottled. A gift from stegosaurus. This is what it’s all about. Beautiful black thick pour. Coffee /roasted/ nutty aroma. Taste is the same with a nice crisp dry hioppy finish. Massive taste A+ Work
Rerated 9\08\07 Had it on draft at capones it was even better. strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
This thing was as thick as a milkshake and as dark as night. Aroma has a strong smell of alcohol muddled with roast. The taste was full-bodied and balanced. However, there isn’t a lot of flavor to the brew. In fact, it seems like the beer is just trying to mask the heavy alcohol content, but it does a nice job and taste is initially smooth. However, the masking causes this beer to loose any sweetness that might be apparent otherwise. Finally, the aftertaste is a bit too dry and roasty. I’m glad I had this and its a decent brew, but its not a 100, & I think folks should be careful of rating beers high simply because they are imperial stouts or have high alcohol content. drpimento (3640) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2007
whoa, speakin a big beer, sweet chay sus. World rocker. Huge thick foamy textured creamy head wit lots o head. dang me. Got that fruity bittersweet thing going on a bit. Body from heaven. Really an intensely lovely beer, complex as hell. Very dark - opaque? The alcohol is a force to be reckoned with. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 28, 2007
They nailed the "darkest beer we make" part, with a thick black body, like spent oil from my old Nissan Maxima after 200,000 miles. There is a bit of a very dark brown head, but after a minute there is just a small cluster of fish eye sized bubbles in the middle, and a crown around the edge. Move that crown and the lacing is extraordinary. Aroma is very soft, of chocolate, alcohol and a woodsy pit fruit aroma reminiscent of a cream sherry. The smell is weak, and unlike any imperial stout I’ve tried. Beer is medium thick, yet creamy coating enough to cover the entire mouth. Strong flavor of espresso and dark chocolate. Very balanced and outstandingly powerful and deliberate during the intake and swirl. As soon as you swallow the beer, however, the flavor becomes sharp, burnt, bitter, like bad espresso (like the grounds were already spent), and tons of alcohol. I am a little split on my opinion of this great tasting, great looking beer. The mouth feel is the MOST GORGEOUS I’ve ever experienced. I don’t know how they get those millions of pearl strands of bubbles to create the sensation of cream -- amazing. But the weak aroma is unbelievable for a beer of this caliber, and its disappointing that it doesn’t give the slightest clue to how amazing this beer is. The aftertaste also is a little rough. An imperial stout is a joyous orgy of large, robust flavors brought together in harmony. This aftertaste is disharmonious and could benefit from some smoothing. I recommend this to all though, definitely should be on all serious beer drinker’s resumes. Picked this 12 oz bottle up at Whole Foods in Falls Church, VA for $ 1.30.