EKGoldings (675) - Radford, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2007
Heard about it for a long time, finally begged a bottle. Another power stout. Wow. Do you mind if I cut off this review to go and try and get more? YMMMY. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2009 Bottle into a goblet....
Yahhhhh!!!! This is one of the best impy’s out there. Mixes the roasted malts and decadent deep chocolate, with dark fruit notes ... just delicious hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 Much thanks to jarspag and his brother for sending this beer. Poured silky with minimal head and an appearance and aroma that has a likeliness to vintage Speedway Stout. Amazing chocolate and coffee flavors that are near-perfectly balanced with malts and some bitterness. The palate was unbelievably smooth, this is straight up comparable to the 04 vintage Speedway I had with jarspag, possibly even better. Notes of currants, roasty malts, molasses, and tons o’ chocolate. F’n awesome. jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Deep chocolatey velvet luscious heaven. I only wish I had bought more than one - a mistake I will not repeat. Perhaps a little too much alcohol but so well crafted I was shocked to see 10.5%.
Rerate - Cellaring a case of 2006 just popped one open for fun. No significant change from aging, but was again blown away by the intensity of flavors and palate. One thing I hadn’t noticed before was the pervasive bitterness in the lengthy finish. This beer really has it all. I think if they toned down the hops a bit, it’d be at least a 4.8...well guess i should pick up the Kalamazoo ASAP. Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2007
Excellent. A superior stout. Pours out a DEEP brown with a thin brown head. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, light hops, sweet prunes, and alcohol flavors meld together to create a brewing masterpiece. The flavors linger on your palate and remind you of the experience. An excellent effort. I look forward to trying their other beers. My only complaint is that this brew could have been a little bit more complex, but it’s tastyness overwhelms all possible qualms. Bravo!
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2007
Opaque with a nice thick dark brown head. Intense flavor bordering on overpowering. Fully bodied. Dangerously drinkable considering ABV. My current favorite Imperial Stout. Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 13, 2007
From bottle. A great imperial stout. Very smooth to drink. I think I liked the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout a little more-- maybe it’s a little more complex. But this is very good as well. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 What a beautiful Imperial stout...
The body is incredibly lush, and syrupy, the color is pitch black, the head is impressive, and leaves a lasting ring, the aroma is really assertive, and includes chocolate, toffee, coffee, plum pudding in hard sauce (so British), rum, raisins, prunes, dates, figs, pecans, etc, and all of these are reflected in the taste... this is my favorite Imperial Stout, and perhaps my favorite beer of all time. mjg74 (3199) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
Bottle from Ughsmash. Pours almost pitch black in color. Just the slightest hint of a ruby outline. Very malty aroma with a bit of hoppiness. Some alcohol. Some dark fruit as well. Very smooth considering all of the things going on in this beer. Huge roasted malt/coffee flavors with just the right hoppiness to really balance everything out. Very well hidden alcohol. probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2007
Bottle shared by Lubiere (grand merci!!) served in a goblet, cold. AP06/07
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.