Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2006
05-06 Bottle (from Bitter Virtue). Deep dark colour with a thick brown head. Immediately roasty aromas with liquorice and molasses lurking in their too. Also some sweet malts and just a touch of fruit. Some sweetness leading into a pleasantly roasty (and hop) bitter finish. Quite oily but not excessively so, the carbonation adds a slightly harsh prickle but soon dies down. Quite attractive (but not exceptional) aroma after that its not quite so good. anders37 (26999) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle 05-06. Black colour with a big brown head. Roasted aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Roasted malty flavor with lots of chocolate flavor, also hints of coffee. Sweet dry roasted finish. CMUBEERMAN (457) - - FEB 6, 2006
I didn’t like this beer as much as everyone else...and I’ve been doing a lot of stout and porter drinking lately. Poured extremely jet black with almost no head, but lacing from what there was of it. Aroma had a bit of chocolate and malt...not nealy as much as I wanted/expected. Flavor was of chocolate and roast. The body was to fizzy and light bodied for my liking. A pretty crappy 4+ if you ask me. MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Aquired from quiver in trade. 05-06 Poured Black s black could get. thin tan head that dissappeared quickly. Aroma was ricjh with chocolate followed by dark fruit and malt. Rich chocolate flavor with a dry roast malt finish. Some hints of raspberries and strawberries. in there as well. whistlebird (22) - USA - FEB 4, 2006
excellent stout, maybe the best i’ve ever tried good oil color, nice aroma it has it all when people ask me what it tatses like the only thing i can tell them is it’s like eating a chocolate cake
Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Winter 05-06 edition. Pours black with a creamy sable head. Aromas of chocolate malts, some coffee notes. Thick, creamy lacing. Flavor is wonderfully malty chocolate, some coffee undertones are noticed. Hints of vanilla, oddly enough. Almost immediate warming alcohol all the way down the gullet. Finish is mostly bitter chocolate, alcohol comes through with it. Simply awesome! Right up there with the top imperial stouts, and cheaper to boot. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Bottle 04-05 which I pulled from a six a bought for rooftoprogue. I did replace it with an Old horizontal. Pours black with diminishing brown head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor of dark roasted malt, molasses, and some very mild sweetness. Finish is bitter, peppery, somewhat warming. Unsweetened chocolate lingers nicley. A very good impy stout and very reasonably priced. JK (6280) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
UPDATE 12-07: I put a 2007 bottle up against Expedition and Big Eddy, and this came in last. Still a good beer and a great value, but not as complex or balanced as the other two.
Excellent. This has the full body and appearanceof an American imperial stout. The aroma reminds me of Young’s chocolate but a little better than that. Rich flavor that includes a lot of chocolate and some coffee. Very rich, chocolatey, and outstanding. Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle.05 run so it’s new. Aroma of chocolate,dark and roast malts. Poured jet black with a slight chocolatey head. Flavor at first is very inviting, velvety smooth chocolate swirls through the palate. Then, a long draw swig of espresso combine with a decent ammount of hops really lighten up the darkness. Palate was good medium thickness but the finish was just too long. Overall it’s good. RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Pours black, no head, though. Lovely milk-chocolately aroma... I was expecting a darker chocolate scent, but this is nice. Taste is rich and creamy, bitter finish not overdone.