jcwattsrugger (12524) - 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 (3755) - 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. lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2007
My love affair with US Imperial Stouts has reached a climax with this outstanding beer. Pours a dark, dark brown with a muddy tan head that dissolves to leave a thin ring. Swirl the beer and you can see just how thick it is - it clings to the glass so convincingly you know you’re never going to get it clean again.
And the aroma - without doubt the best nose on an Imperial Stout yet. Strong, bold malt, sweet treacle, alcohol and liquorice. There’s a bit of chocolate there too, as well as a handful of Morella cherries.
Sweet malt dominates the taste upfront, buttering the tongue with an incredibly thick, oily mouth feel. It’s followed by a dry nuttiness, just before the whip crack bitterness charges in and finishes you off. An amazingly complex beer - powerful yet graceful.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle Snifter, Very dark malty aroma, I swear coffee, and liquid smoke, maybe a touch of teriyaki sauce. Pours very dark and slow, similar to pitch, this is one dark and still brew. Menacing in its appearance. The taste is crazy huge, or as my new Hampshire friends would say wickt huge. I had to walk away from this brew, to damn complex to wrap my taste buds around, Imagine melting the darkest and purest chocolate you could find, and then blend it with rich, rich equatorial coffee, that has been highly roasted. Absoutly masssive malt flavors, and then there is the hops, which provides a great lasting and cutting finish to the sweetness. The hops play a perfect second to the malts, the hops and malts are not balance but the hop presence perfectly aids in the development of the huge a rich malts. Which are in no way to sweet or cloying. I believe this bottle to be about 2 years old and I must say is fantastic. Light on the carbonation but very full on the palate. Truly a fantastic brew, one worthy of the ages and glad I made it my 300th!