papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Black as coal with a fluffy medium brown head. Nose is licorice and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is licorice, plum, sherry, a hint of soy sauce and some dark chocolate. The finish is long and dry with some coffee bitterness. Full, rich creamy palate. novedyarg (55) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Pours black, as in night, with a dark brown head that receded pretty quickly. Hoppy aroma w/ just a little underlying hint of roasted malts. A a sweet maty flavor with underlying hoppy bitterness that fades into a semi-sweet chocolate flavor. A perfect blend of hops and malts for the perfect stout! I think Iím in love. jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Bottle. Thick and smooth. Boisterous roasted malts in both the aroma and taste. Slightly sweet before the hops kick in to bitter up the aftertaste. I detect a slight tartness that compliments the sweetness. The alcohol is noticable, but gets out of the way of everything else going on here. Poured as dark as a moonless night with a tall dark brown head that quickly dissipated. Overall, a hearty, delectable stout.
2006 Bottle opened 1-09. Opaque black with tan head that quickly diminishes. Roasted malty aroma with a touch of oxidation. Notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted and burnt grain. Very light hint of resin. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter. That remained through the finish. The heavy bitterness in the finish is gone though the alochol is evident. Full body with a velvety texture and soft carbonation. I actually liked the aged bottle better, but also realize after several other bottles, both fresh and aged, that I had overrated this beer originally. Zeswaft (1768) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 The holy grail. Best beer on earth. Dark black with brown head. Robust chocolate flavors and some hops get you on the aftertaste. Alcohol undetectable. Sweet and syrupy in texture. Kind of hard to drink but it tastes so good that you want more. (RERATE) What the hell, After 700+ this is still the best. Thus, Iím normalizing my ratings. Just totally rich and decadent. Not to mention it just wrecks you.
RERATE again, jan. 08, just had a bottle from 2003 and this is sooo much better than a fresh bottle. Real smooth and refined. RoboTrex (1) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005 does not count
Looks like motor oil with a deep reddish brown head. Tastes salty, a bit like soy sauce. This is not one to drink fast, but as it warms it gets harder to drink. I prefer Rasputin or Bells Java Stout.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Midnight black, thick and viscous, with tan foamy head, which fades away with moderate lacing. Smells of phenols, coffee, cider, molasses, and toasty malt. Massive taste of malt, chocolate, coffee, smoke, peat and alcohol. Hops are subdued but bitterness abounds. Mouthfeel is different -- itís syrupy consistency and limited carbonation make it rich and chewy. It sticks all over your mouth for lomg-lasting taste. This is a big, heavy hearty brew and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Pours out like jaegermeister with little dark brown head. Interesting brown lacing. Smells of chocolate, molasses, and alcohol with a bit of a hop finish. Very chewy and very complex. Youíll be smacking your lips on this one. A good beer but I couldnít see myself drinking more then one of these unless it was winter time. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 12 oz. Thanks a bundle to OhioDad. Very very thick black pour. Opaque in the glass with a full brown head over it that didnít last long. Smells like coffee and roast, with some sharp hop notes. Incredibly full, thick mouthfeel. The flavor is exceptionally full and complex roasted malt with a sharp hop bitterness that follows. The alcohol, while present, was not overpowering but did warm as you swallow. This is a luxurious, sinful beer. Exceptional. BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
From bottle. With a moderate pour, a rich, satin brown head developed. The beer itself was as opaque black as youíd expect from an imperial stout. Nose of roasty coffee and chocolate, alcohol vapor, caramelized sugar and molasses. Flavor was quite similar along with some crystal malt sweetness and a tad of acidity. Hops lend a satisfying bitterness to complement that of the roasted malt. Alcohol was still definitely present but not to the point of being detracting. Was on the drier side of the Imperial stout spectrum. The mouthfeel was thick like a milkshake and very smooth. One of the top IS Iíve had the pleasure of trying along with Old Rasputin, Stone RIS, and Brooklyn BCS. MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Bottle. Pours black with a compact mahogany head, completely opaque, intricate lacing left behind on my snifter. Aroma is mostly roasty and chocolatey, also caramel and alcohol notes, not overpowering at all. Flavor is a lot of chocolate, hints of coffee, lots of roastiness and a bit of a harsh matiness, ethanol taste, and the finish is exceedingly bitter. Mouthfeel is rich, lightly carbonated, a little oily. Overall, a great brew, though I think that Speedway and the Stone Imperials are certainly a clear step above. In any event, still a real treat. Iíll proably drink another one of these and cellar the rest of my six-pack to see how the flavors develop over time.