highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2006
A rough diamond of an imperial stout, brilliant but coarse. Poured a sump-oil black with a thin frothy film that persisted down the glass and left loose lacing. The intense aroma is a fascinating struggle between fruity esters and classic stout grains: crushed blackberries, young aggressive shiraz, fresh ground coffee and bitter chocolate. Like a blend of port and coffee. The mouthfeel is perfect: full and creamy, soft carbonation. On the tongue, there are some berry esters in the mid palate before a crude licorice root and oak astringent bitter coffee finish. All of that 8.7% abv is right in your face - this tastes like a much stronger beer. The finish is mouth-puckering. Overall, I’d rate it as a solid imperial but not one of the best. It’s a bit too clumsy and unrefined - not the sort of impy you could take home to meet your parents... (12fl oz bottle; Winter 04/05 bottling; shared with Bridge - many thanks to Gordo Joss for lugging this one to Oz from NY) pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bottle: Pours almost black with a decent tan head. The flavor is of chocolate and some roasted malts. I am not a fan for some reason. I didnt like the balance between the sweet and bitter. Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Bottle ,11/2-06.
Black oily colour, with a tan creamy foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, and lots of bitternes in the end. Have a nice sweet/bitter mouth feeling, with a lot of dark chocolate,raisins. nice round bitter finish. full body. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 2005-2006 bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry and Blankboy (got one from each). Thanks guys, much appreciated! Pours opaque tar black. 1 Inch head of mocha froth is leaving minute lace. This stuff looked like oil when it poured! Nice! Upfront aroma of burnt tobacco, and soy sauce. Like it’s been infused with it. I wasn’t expecting this. I’ll wait 10 minutes, and let it warm up.............10 minutes as past. There’s some dark chocolate coming through, like it is screaming to get noticed, but it’s having a hard time. Soy is more pronounced now, and also present is cured leather, and vinegar. Nothing chocolate or stout about this aroma. Let’s move on. Initial taste is bitter chocolate with sour leather and a metallic soy flavour. It’s not supposed to taste like this, not with ratings as high as it is getting. Alcohol not noticable in the finish, very smooth, but all I can taste is rusty soy and sour milk. Down the drain it goes. Obviously this is an off bottle, and I have another one here, which I will rate soon, but my rating for now is this one, and I will change it hopefully when I drink the ther one. This one is pretty rough.
New rating:Aromas are not as off here. There’s still some tobacco and leather that for some reason don’t work, but it’s got a lot of dark chocolate. Not as leathery at all. I have upped my score to reflect what I feel is an upgrade from my last bottle. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2006
From bottle. Black oil pour, with minimal coffee head. Nose is strong vinous with roasted malts underneath. Flavor is super bitter dark chocolate, with a vinous aftertaste. Very thick palate. I like it!
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 24, 2006
35,5 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Very black colour with a nice small head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, roastedness and some sweet malt. Smooth tasty flavour of roastedness, coffee, sweet malt and ends up dry and pleasant. turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - APR 23, 2006
Pours jet black with dark brown head. A very hefty aroma of dark chocolate and roast malt. Very viscuous fluid that goes down like velvet; full of coffee, smoke and chocolate. This is simply excellent. Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2006
Dark pour with tan head. chocolate and fruity aroma. would go very well with a dessert especially chocolate cake IrishBoy (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
Opaque ebony with a medium brown head with nice lacing. Chocolate mocha aroma with an extremely smooth chocolate malt taste and chocolate linger in the aftertaste. It hides the alcohol well! Thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for the trade! jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 04-05 bottle: Very good. Notes of chocolate and bourbon in the nose. pours dark black taste of expresso dark chocolate and roasted malt. palate is full. The beer had a nice strong finish, very think, slight alcohol and coffee