Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
A fairly regular stout, not very creamy. Some coffee, easy drink. Average mouthfeel. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver, Somerville, NJ. The pour is deep black with a 2-finger khaki head. The aroma is of dark patent malt, dark chocolate, some brown sugar and wheaties. The taste is dark malty, with some slight tartness, chocolate, and molasses. The palate is on the light side for this style, but this beer wasn’t bad. Farewell. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a small light tan creamy head. Aroma of cocoa, light coffee, a rosty sweetness and some caramel. Flavor of chocolate, coffe and some honey. A bit thin. egajdzis (6571) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2006
Poured a dark brown color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, roasty malts, and some dried fruits. Taste of chocolate, smoke, dried fruits, some sour cherry, and faint lactose. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
(03.26.06) Stout/porter sampling with Scott, Tony and Walt at DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 12 oz brown bottle as gift from Thaichile. 6% ABV. Label states that beer was bottled on 11/19/04. Pour black with tiny off-white head. No discernable carbonation. Dried fruit (prune?) in the nose. Medium bodied stout that starts with light sweet malt and prune/winey/roasted malt flavors. The port wine character is strong. Finishes dry with light roasted malt and bitterness fade. Thin textured. Somewhat complex in flavor, this oxidized vintage beer is past its prime. This beer deserves a re-rate if this beer is ever unretired. Thanks Thaichile for the bottle.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
A weal nutty chocolate aroma is all that can be detected. This black solution rests under a thick mocha colored head. This thick beer has no real stand out flavors. It takes a few drinks to piece together the coffee and bitter peanut taste. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
here’s the first american-brewed imperial stout--according to michael jackson-- so when you hang your honker over this one, you’re suddenly transported to an awe-inspiring national historic landmark, like the corn palace or the birthplace of minnie pearl. as with all big ebony stouts, we find raters attempting to push or beguile light through the dark liquid, and in appreciative tones declaring the liquid "jet black" or some such descriptor that grapples with the notion of total opacity. i myself undertook the challenge of presumed darkness and fired a battlefield grade U.S. navy rocket flare through the beer: a 110 mm canister of phosphorus burning at over 12,000 degrees fahrenheit, able to light a dark stadium to daylight conditions. discharging it, i was instantly blinded for life, but witnesses with welder’s goggles testified that once within the beer, darkness fell like a biblical eclipse, and a moment later the flare canister itself plopped impotently out the far side of the beer like a desiccated rabbit turd-- smoking and sizzling and as blackened as the beer itself. so the beer is dark indeed. the head is a muscular appendage that flexes in cocoa butter brown when appreciative eyes are upon it-- when a pour or brisk swirl signals that it’s "show time". to take in the aroma, my nose dances over the beer like a shopper at a fruit market fire-sale, collecting baskets full of burnt raisins and coconut husks and oily boards lifted from beneath a coffee roaster. with leathery flavors seemingly distilled from a generation of greasers and their biker jackets and sweaty loafers, it’s pleasantly sweet with a medium body, i get sizzled apple sap and vanilla, creamy iced latte´s --and everything is served up with a twist of bitter tangerine rind. with very little apparent alcohol, this waif accomplishes in whispers what heavyweight imperials must express by screaming. i don’t care whatcha call it: imperial stout or robust porter, please be nice to this old beer, the jackie robinson of imperials; the old boy is retired now, and deserves a little ovation. hip hip horay bert! DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Rich chocolate aroma, some coffee too, basic black, tiny cappuccino head. Flavour is sweetened coffee, quite bitter,very smooth drinking. Extra nice offering. Thanks to HogTownHarry. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
bottle. black body with a small ring of mocha head. the aroma is subtle creamy roast, lots of coffee, and mild chocolate. flavours consist of raisins, caramel, light alcohol, and bittersweet chocolate. the finish is warm and fairly dry. nice oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Black/brown with a small tan head. Roasted, coffee flavor and aroma. Not bad, but many better choices.