spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of chocolate malts and coffee.Pours dark black with little head.Nice chocolate and toffee flavors.Thick mouthfeel with a warming alcohol finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 12oz bottle, Batch #7205. Oily, dark-dark brown appearance; medium tan head with strong retention at the edges and scattered lacing. Generous aroma: bitter chocolate, marshmallow, and toast. Full, oily mouthfeel showing milk chocolate, charred / burnt malts; citrusy hops still present; hints of dried fruit and vanilla. Long finish: slightly bitter and dry; plenty of dark chocolate and roasted malts. 22.214.171.124.18=4.5
12oz bottle, batch 7251, sample #9 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily, dark brown color; minimal medium tan head. Slightly medicinal, nougat, and a hint of alcohol. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of dark sticky malts, burnt malts, chocolate and a yeast character coming through; not sure what to make of this one. Doughiness and bitter chocolate in the finish. 126.96.36.199.15=3.8
12oz bottle, batch 7740, sample #15 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily dark brown color; medium tan head with patchy lacing. Pleasant amounts of nougat and toffee in the aroma. Dense, caramel and toffee-driven mouthfeel: nougat, sticky caramel; dried fruits and red fruits as the dominant core characteristic; some roasted and boozy malts. Lengthy, toffee and caramel and nougat in the finish; some chocolate. 188.8.131.52.14=3.7
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Rating number 2500. Many thanks to Kevin for sending over this gem. A black thick looking beer with a beautiful but short lived frothy coffee tan coloured head. The aroma is wonderful and huge with big dark fruits (predominantly blackberries), licquorice, coal, malts, alcohol, cigars and black bread. A real welcoming aroma. The taste is very fruity and hoppy with massive bready malts also. The finish goes on forever. The taste is maybe a little extreme and lacks any roasted character that I would look for, but itís a very well brewed tasty beer.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the bottle. Pours blacker than black.A slow cascade of brown bubbles in a dark brown head. Pours thick like syrup. Has a strong malty aroma of caramel and toffee. The palate is extremely thick. This is super-rich like a chocolate cheesecake. The roasted flavor somehow comes into balance with the sweetness and hops. Has some biscuit dough to the aroma as it warms. This is simply a big thick loaf of chocolate bread.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Kookfest, September 2006. Big, black and brutish. Dark beige head. Oily consistency. Rich and full, with lots of coffee. Some sour fruit on the palate. But lots of hops that lend a citric snatch that I found a little incongruous. I have often appreciated some hop character to provide balance to a big stout but I thought the elements struggled a little to integrate entirely successfully. Not that this is a bad beer by any means. Its just that high expectations can tend to magnify any slight misgivings.
Slurricane (15) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A heavy sweet beer. Great smell and visual appeal. I am not much of a writer, so Iíll end it with, it was good beer, but not my favorite stout.
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2007 The is the imperial stout that all others should be judged by. The perfect balance of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and smoky roastiness show up in both the aroma and taste. The pour is pitch black, like used 20W50 motor oil. Little to no head during the pour, but a little agitation bring up the darkest head I have ever seen in a beer. Very creamy and very filling. I love this beer fresh, but canít wait to try a bottle with a couple years of aging. Phenomenal.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - NOV 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Thanks to Drewbeerme for 3 of these!!! Tar thickness and color in the pour with big lacing and no head at all. Aromas of Cherries, Bourbon, Coffee and chocalate. Palate was full of alcohol though, way to much interfering with a beautiful background of sweet malts, oak, vanilla, cherries and coffee. A nice sipping beer for the winter chill. Lots of oak lingering in the aftertaste.
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, black pour with a very slight tan head. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Strong alcohol content noticeable at the finish. Excellent.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice aroma, malty, coffee, moderate hops. Pours nice and dark, with a small light brown head. Taste is absolutely absurd. So good. Vinous, dark fruits, coffee, roasty, with a wonderful alcoholic finish. Very well balanced. Full Body. One of the greatest beers ever? I think so!