anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 23, 2006
It pours an almost black, exceptionally deep mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy dark tan foam that dies gently and leaves walls of spotty lace about the glass. Hot at 11.5%abv, but that’s OK, a new wall is built with each sip.
An acidic, dark malt greets you in the nose; followed by some sweeter notes of rich chocolate and a hint of burnt coffee as well as some spruce-like hoppiness. It’s restrained, exceptionally fine-bubbled carbonation and light-medium body leaves it silky smooth across the palate. The flavor is bold without being overdone. Dark malt acidity greets you upfront (it’s definitely not acetic or lactic, but it is somewhat tart), followed by some mild notes of bittersweet chocolate, and then some sweeter notes of creamy caramel. Restrained, but distinctly spruce-like hops appear immediately at the swallow; and help to usher in its dry and lingering earthy finish. It’s quite enjoyable once it warms a bit and lends more breadth to its character. Certainly worth trying.
Lowe1983 (1632) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Pours a black color with a very thin dark brown head. A very thick brew. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee malts with a hint of alcohol. Starts sweet but finishes with bitterness and alcohol warming. It’s hard for me to choose between this or the batch 7000, both are very delicious. OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Special thanks to Immy for sharing this 12oz bottle. Poured a thick pitch black with a slight brown head that had fantastic lacing. Aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate, with a hint of raisins. Flavor was a smooth coffee with chocolate and a nice alcohol finish. A completely wonderful beer. patrick767 (4181) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2006
bottle - Pours pitch black with a barely noticeable head. The aroma of roast malt and coffee is remarkably strong. This is a very thick, very malty, syrupy brew with obvious coffee notes and a hint of chocolate. It coats the mouth and the intense flavors linger for a long time. This beer is excellent, though I would certainly only feel like having one on a given night. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Batch 7205. Inescapable blackness, with little head. Smells (faintly) of sweet coffee and chocolate with a hint of anise. The texture however is dead on chewy syrupy sticky stout. There seems to be really not much complexity to this beer. Tastes more or less like it smells, with a bit more alcohol taste and roastiness. I think I need to let the rest of the six pack age a bit more!
Rerate (July 25, 2006)
The appearance is unchanged. However, the aroma is remarkably different! There’s still strong alcohol, but accompanied by a barleywine-like bubblegum sweetness. Roast coffee and chocolate are still there, but subtle. Also a much more noticable hop presence. As it got warmer, a brownie sort of aroma started appearing. I added 3 points for this rather than three because I feel it to be more or less outside of the style. The palate is still mind blowing. The flavors are improved slight too. The alcohol has dropped back, giving way to chocolate up front, with a bit of roast. Floral hops really come through and accentuate the roast. The big bubblegumish and alcohol come through very strongly. There’s also a changing aftertaste that starts on brownies and ends up in roast and alcohol. 1 point added for flavor. I have 4 more of these saved up waiting to be drank, but I’m going to have patience, and wait until autumn to try the next one. Another 3 points on overall added.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
A nice sipping beer but not worth the price. Faint chocolately aroma, black color with thin ephemeral brown head, flavour is weak. Palate is very nice. Bottled 2005/2006. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Oh WOW. Hard on in a bottle. This thing is wonderful. Pours thick black with dark brown head. Flavour is very malty with hints of coffee and chocolate. One of my most favorite beers. MMMMMMMMM! ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 16, 2006
The aroma is a complex nose of dark fruit, chocolate, alcohol, and coffee. The color is a deep rich black with a tan head. The flavor is equally complex with chocolate, port wine, coffee, and dark fruit flavors. The finish has a warming alcohol quality. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Something Special for number 400!
Bottled. Hand dated 11/04 by whomever sent this to me in a trade but I have lost all my notes so alas, I may never know who it was. I think it’s probably goldtwins however.
Pours a thick black color with a tan head- about a half an inch worth but I really forced the pour. Warm chocolate aromas with a good deal of hoppiness. The mouth feel is incredibly thick and coats my entire mouth with chocolate and smoky flavors. There seems to be a single malt element to the flavor as well. The alcohol is very well hidden. Somewhat bitter finish comes forward as the chocolate milk flavors seem to fade out (they were preceded by smoke then coffee). Very complex in flavor- look for it and it’s in there. This beer comes to me with tons of hype and I’m glad to see it’s lived up to it.
Capa (3445) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Wow. Pours a deep, dark brown with almost no head, but what is there is a dark brown color. Aroma finds you, not the other way around. Has scents of chocolate and caramel with roasted malts and a bit of alcohol. I could be happy just enjoying the aroma on this stout. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and caramel. It finishes with alcohol and bitterness that lingers.
The mouth is rich and has a thick, syrup like consistency. A great imperial stout that im sure i will be enjoying many more times.