oakbluff (444) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of papat444- big thanks!
Poured into my Surly Darkness glass. A seemingly worthy beer for the darkness. Beautiful ebony with a surprising amount of milk chocolate head. Nose- all about the coffee so far. Really nice roast- not too dark. First sip- wow what a mouthfeel. Just glides on down. Really unique- the particular coffee used along with the drak malts imparts a sharp bitterness/burntness to it. A much darker burnt roasting than the nose suggests. At the same time, there is a touch of sweetness to the malts. very complex brew and commands attention! Very drying in the finish. Excellent beer, but the strong ash/burtness is a little overdone.
GRM (3858) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Brown bottle, 341 ml, bottled in September 2007, purchased at Le Grand Duc, savoured on December 13 2007; eye: black with a creamy cappuccino head, good lacing, opaque; nose: powerful roasted malt, lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, ash; mouth: all in roasted malt, dark chocolate, a bit of ash, hops appears just prior to the finale, finale in roasted malt with a presence of hops, creamy and slightly oily texture, light acridness, no alcohol taste, medium-full body, average carbonation; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, embouteillée en septembre 2007, achetée chez Le Grand Duc, savourée le 13 décembre 2007; œil : noire avec une mousse crémeuse cappuccino, bonne dentelle, opaque; nez : puissante torréfaction, beaucoup de vanille, chocolat noir, cendre; bouche : tout en torréfaction, chocolat noir, un peu de cendre, houblon apparaît juste avant la finale, finale en torréfaction avec une présence de houblon, texture crémeuse et légèrement huileuse, légère âcreté, moyennement amère, aucun goût d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : pas mal bonne
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle: pours an inky black with a cocoa coloured head. aroma is extreme esspressoand cocoa powder also some milk chocolate. flavour is also very esspresso with the milk chocolate milk shake flavour and a nice cocoa finish and extremely enjoyable coffee stout. avery smooth palate that goes down very easy. i wish i had more of this one!
Boutip (6097) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma consists of espresso type coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet and roasted malt with a dominant taste of espresso coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Very well balance overall with a full body and a creamy texture. Not cloying or overly dry in any way and alcohol is not apparent.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
According to the edge of the bottle this was bottled in August of 2005 and that makes it about 2.3 years old.
A: Jet black body that no light can penetrate. While pouring, there was a bit of light mocha colored head but it faded away. It would have been nice to have a bit more head.
S: Coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and more coffee. This has some seriously dark roast coffee in it. It’s hard to tell if most of the roast aroma comes from dark malts or a coffee addition.
T: This is definitely a dark beer. The flavor is filled with dark chocolate, roasty coffee, and dark heavy malts. The coffee was much more pronounced in the aroma than the flavor but it’s still in the flavor none the less. Damn good flavor.
M: Nice and heavy, but not ’thick’ like some other Imperial Stouts are. There is a bit of creaminess but it isn’t as much as other beers in the style. Very nice indeed.
D: Amazing example of an Imperial Stout. I really love how they combine this much coffee and chocolate without overwhelming bitterness.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Chris at Ebeneezers put this on tap for me so I could buy a pour of it, which was extremely cool. Black in color with a chocolate milk colored brown head. Aroma is big as it should be with coffee, roast, alot of fresh chocolate, burnt sugars, and caramel. Taste is incredible, with alot of roast and rich, fresh chocolate. The coffee almost gives it an earthy flavor. Body is really big, but overall it’s really smooth and incredibly drinkable, not too sweet, or alcoholic. Fiinishes bitter with lingering coffee, roast, and alittle bit of sugar. One of the best RIS’s I’ve had, and now of course wish I can have more!
xmarcnolanx (930) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 Dark chocolate, thick coffee. Quite alcoholic. Fizzy alcoholic mouthfeel. Decent bittering and dark chocolate taste, but the fizzy alcohol really bothered me on this one. Solid, but not outstanding.
P with a creamy white-tan head that is almost creamy-thick
Aroma is coffee, cream, sugar, and sweet malts.
Taste is fizzy, alcoholic, some coffee notes, hops, and more coffee, port, and salty minerals.
Finishes bitter and thick and lingers well.
I am going to let this sit for about 20 minutes and see how it goes....
I really want to like this. The body, appearance, and mouthfeel are all interesting and solid, but too much carbonation and harshness.
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of franksnbeans -- thanks! Bottled September 07.
Pours near black with brown highlights and dark-tan head. The aroma is baking chocolate and coffee, vinous notes, and a strong presence of stale tobacco smoke. The flavor more or less follows, though drier than expected (almost no sweetness) with an assertive hop close atop chocolate cheesecake. The problem is that the tobacco / cigarette smoke is strong to the point of being overpowering, and this ultimately ruins the beer. I love the smoky single malts to which this one is sometimes compared, but this is no Islay malt - it’s more like french-kissing a smoker. I also pick up some pretty well-defined vegetal flavors on the front end of each sip, again detracting. Long finish of bitter black coffee, ashy, chalky. Creamy if relatively thin mouthfeel for the ABV, but little hint of the alcohol either.
I’ve been looking forward to trying this one for a couple of years, and there’s really no way to report this as anything other than a huge disappointment after the anticipation and compared to the other ratings on the site. Maybe it’s better on tap, maybe it would improve with a couple of years on it - but it’s not going to be high on my list to seek out. It’s too close to skimming the water off of a sodden outdoor ashtray. Looking over the endless streams of mid-4 ratings, I can’t help but wonder whether the beer has changed or whether the emperor is walking through town butt-ass naked.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy McBackus. Pours a deep, dark, chocolate brown body with a small, fizzy, coffee colored head. Minimal spotty lacing emerges from the thin film that settles at the top. The aroma is big and rich, showing espresso, baker’s chocolate, dark fruits, and some cola. The nose is very roasty and inviting. The flavor shows coffee, coffee, and more coffee, but its very creamy, not bitter. Dark chocolate plays a big role, as do floral hops. The body is quite full and smooth. Very easy to drink, despite the big ABV. Finishes rich and roasty. Awesome brew. I’m glad I have a few more to drink.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanx to McBackus for sharing this.Wow what a beer.Huge espresso nose, nothing but.poured rich and black.Lots of coffee and chocolate flavor with the finish being slightly bitter with lot of coffee hanging out.