Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2005
2004 Vintage. Next to Founders Imperial Stout, this is my favorite Impy. I’d drink this over Dark Lord any day, and at a fraction of the cost. A well balanced masterpiece of malt and hops, blending notes of chocolate and coffee with raisans and dried currants. A dense and delicious mouthfeel with a finish that goes on and on. jonas (8035) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 20059er (99) - Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Double-plus black, creamy dark brown head.
Chocolate and coffee aroma, quite sweet.
Flavor continues along those lines, coffee and chocolate, licorice, slight band-aid.
Medium body - raisin plus c&c aftertaste.
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2013 WOW!! This a dayum good yummy ass beer. It has the right amount of carbonation for my taste and this SWEET stout is a rich balance with rasin hops and malts. The complex flavor dances around the tongue and lingers a bit with a pleasant after-taste. The sweetness is definately the dominating charactistic in this selection and there is a slight coffee aroma w/o being bitter anywhere in the mouth. Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 (Rerate) Ok, lets try this again. Thin dense dark brown head of very fine bubbles. Recedes to a thin spotty wisp of foam. Very respectable head reappears upon swirling. Intense sweet and roasty aroma. Raisins, brown sugar, cocoa and sweet and roasty malts. Quite yummy. Rich and roasty flavor too. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Loads of roasted malts, brown sugar, bittersweet dark chocolate and some dark coffee late swallow. Still a little zippy in the mouth from a slight sourness/tartness. Finish is long and creamy and very roasty. Leaves the gums tingling from the alcohol. A pretty damn good impy but not quite as good as I expected. Rating adjusted.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2005
(2003) I am very worried about this brew from the looks of it. Poured from at least 8 inches into my glass and got absolutely no head. No bubbles, no foam, no nothing. There should have been something there. Thick black and syrupy looking. Roasty and oxidized aroma. Slight funk sourness with a bit of soy sauce and smoke. Little reddish brown around the edges. Flavor is rich and malty. Not much sourness there. Big alcohol kick with roasted grains, molassas, dark chocolate. Very thick and syrupy. Almost cough syrup like. Flat in the mouth. Something is definately off with this one. There was quite a bit of head space in this bottle for it to be good for aging. Finish is strong and roasty and grainy. Leaves an oily coating in the mouth. Will have to try this one again as I think that there is something wrong with this bottle.
RBESG 2005, pitch black colour with a brown head. Roasted malty aroma with coffee and chocolate notes and a light fruityness. Nice roasted malty flavor with a coffe bitterness and a chocolate and alcohol sweet finish. Very complex beer.
kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
12 oz bottle, 11/2004 vintage. Pours completely black, very little head that disappeared to a thin ring clinging to the inside of my snifter. A few chunkies fell in from the bottle, but a good amount of yeasties forming a cake in the bottom of the bottle. This is what an Imperial Stout looks like. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, molasses, some alcohol, and licorice. Flavor is really well balanced for the amount of malt and alcohol in here. Burnt toast, roasted malt, coffee, deep hop bitterness, dark chocolate. This beer has it all. Mouthfeel is oily and full bodied, but not cloying at all. This also has the perfect amount of carbonation for me personally. Almost still in the mouth, with soft carbonation. Finish is dominated by roasted malt but a sufficient amount of hoppiness to cut through and reveal the full range of flavors. With 11.5% alcohol, you’d think that you would be able to taste it, but other than in the aroma, there really is no trace of it. This is the epitome of the style. I have a dozen or so to see how this one develops in the cellar. can8ianben (1577) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
wow, over the top flavour, big malty, and even very nicely hopped. not for the faint of hearted, this is a meal in a bottle. way more powerful than the Kalamazoo stout, it is an experience for sure. thick, rich, molasses, loads of coffee and alcohol, smoke, wood, its got it all. bravo. DrnkMcDermott (3136) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Bottled. Yum! I’m still cellaring my one bottle, but I got a sampler this weekend at Picadilly Beverage Shop in Champaign, IL. Heady, smoky, deep, chewy, thick, oily: all sorts of adjectives just pop into my head. Pours black and viscous. You’d almost think it was brewed exclusively with bitter black malts. Coats my little plastic sampler glass like a film of 10W-30. Exceptional. ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Pours dead black with a one finger brown head. Aroma is sweet, with coffee, molasses, and brown sugar, along with alcohol notes. Flavor starts sweet with vanilla and coffee, which quickly gives over to a grassy, hoppy finish. For an 11%+ ABV brew, I think the alcohol is well masked - it’s detectable, but not overly so. Hardly any carbonation in the body - smooth, slippery mouthfeel. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Pours motor oil black with tan head. Aroma is roasted and burnt malts, and coffee. Flavor is enormous. Chocolate, coffee, hops and burnt molases. Very bitter. Flavor opens up and mellows as it warms. Coats the mouth for a finish that lasts for weeks. Texture is very smooth.