Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
Really stellar appearance. Very syrupy, some bubbles accumulate into a brown head, which quickly recedes. Chocolate dominates the nose. Very sweet. Lots of alcohol on the palate. A little bitterness, nothing overwhelming. Drier towards the finish. Slightly lighter bodied than other Imperial Stouts I’ve had. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 12 oz. ’02-’03 bottle sent to me from Kramer17801. Pours very very dark. Deep tan head that dissipated quickly. Lacing appeared and then slid down the glass into the beer. Heavy aromas of chocolate and dark molasses. Flavors were very similar with a decent hop/alcohol finish. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 [tap @ Sunset Cantina, bottled re-rate 10/24/06] Pours a straight black color, with a creamy, dense coffee-colored head. Aroma is pretty mellow, with coffee, chocolate and a bit of licorice present. Dark, bittersweet chocolate flavors, with some roasty malt flavors. Alcohol is more apparent with this recent release, and in my opinion, it balances things quite nicely. Definitely one of my favorite examples of chocolate in a beer. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 This beer really speaks of a seductive, sensuous nature right off the bat. From the design of the bottle, to the silky deep brown pour and the toast colored head. I feel like I should be wearing wing tips and smoking a cigarette on a long holder. The aroma blasts forth, with sweet runs of cherries, abbey fruitcake, apricots, a hint of pineapple and warm alcohol notes, it swirls in with a fair dose of raspberry chocolate and a hint of pipe tobacco. Soothing. Very different profile for an Imp, in my opinion, but completely delightful. There’s lots of really good smokey notes, a mix of smoked malts, hints of cigar and run of campfire. This runs with some of the fruit notes that carry over from the aroma, backed with a strong hit of roasted character, in the form of coarse toast. It doesn’t really carry the sumptuous roasted coffee, but more of a toast and charcoal, which separates it. Chocolate doesn’t appear too often either. It’s more loaded with fruit and smoke, which really lends diversity and character to the brew. These flavors ride a high and beautiful wave in the form of a silky train of viscous fluid that coats and glows. The beer loses only in it’s sustaining power, unable to hold the level of intracacy for too long. Alcohol is surprisingly present for the amount, but it does only good. This beer really is what it sets out to be. bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
2005-06 bottle, pours black with little head, aroma of chocolate and a little scent of alcohol, tastes of dark chocolate, malt and a little alcohol burn on the way down. Not a bad brew but there are better Imperial Stouts.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Ohh good beer....LOVELY!!! ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Crude black juice. Thick as melted cheese...khaki head.
Bourbon on the nose, slight chocolate but nothing serious more divine than fake like some chocolate stouts. AWESOME!!!
Alcohol punch in the nose but it isn’t offensive but incredibly inviting. It says, "Come to me and be my life my friend...my lover." Massive good. Roasted but sticky. I mean this thing is not half good like some beers. Chocolate...and chemicals. Roasty and watery. None of that stuff only thick gooey goodness.
Tasty as well. Typical roasted carbonated juice but with a complex edge that is delightful. Bitter roasted, sweet and not chalky...Too good.
Enjoyed on tap at Lionheart, Albany, NY $2.00/pint M-F, 4-7pm. Delicious on tap; also just bought a 6pk, and on tap is noticeably smoother, with less alcohol over-warmth in finish. Bottle still quite enjoyable, but anyone who likes chocolate would like this on tap... jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Winter ’05-’06 bottled version pours black as coal. Chocolate aroma with dark brown head that quickly diminishes. Dark chocalate palate that gives way to big alcohol spiciness on the back of the tongue. Needs a little aging? adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2005-06 version. Pours a motor oil black color with a tiny beige head that fades quickly. Aroma is malty with dark chocolate. Flavor is a mixture of dark chocolate, malts, black licorice,prunes and banana. Great stout. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 2006-7. black. minimal brown head. potent chocolate and roasted malts. palate starts sweet with alcohol then dries out and becomes roasted and chocolaty.
2007-8. cellared 1 year. black with a small brown head. dark chocolate aroma with some noticeable alcohol. flavor is chocolaty with some sweetness and molasses and raisins. flavor has rounded out but aroma is still boozy.
2008-9. sampled alongside 07-08. chocolate with alcohol aroma. body is slightly thinner than the 07. sharper carbonation. not as smooth.