JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Very much black in body. A modest dark tan head emerges and forms a nice cover and some small rings of lace with each nip. Aromas of dark chocolate, with hints of wild berries and a touch of teriyaki. Some mild pine hops also notes. Perhaps this a touch young. Smooth and lightly mouth-coating. Slightly warming in the finish. Sweet tar start with roasted malt and caramel in the backdrop. Middle has fruity qualities with mild date, raisins, in biscuits baked too long. A lightly scorched fruit cake in some ways. Lightly pine from the hops comes near the finish with some wintergreen and dry herbs as it linger. Toasted and roasted grains linger for some time after. A touch of heavy sweet cola seems to come out as were. Still a great imperial stout. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
poured a super black body with no head.its funny,they say this batch isnt barrel aged,but i catch notes of whiskey in the aroma.along with malts,and beef jerkey.the mouthfeel is thick as a brick.totally coating my tounge and throat.i gather flavors of smoke,beef jerkey,steak,alcohol,and malts.this is a serious imperial stout. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head that leaves moderate lacing. This imperial stout was very big and bold, although lacking some of the complexity of last years barrel aged, and lacking some of the smoothness that aging would bring, this was a really nice complex stout. Lots of roasty and smokey notes in the aroma, burnt chocolate, lots of black licorice, some dark fruit, and light roasty coffee, all take over in the aroma. Taste starts with a quick chocolate start, the sweetness quickly fades as notes of dark fruit show up, then finishing off with black licorice and smoked flavors. Light coffee bitterness trails in the finish. The alcohol in this brew is showing a bit at the moment, but i think this could fade a bit in the aging. Lots of bitterness in this brew give it a good base for cellaring. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Very dark , very little head though. Aroma of dark fruit, dark malt, some burntness. Full flavor, lots of roast, some booze, cherry, and some hops as well. Medium bodied, some alcohol. Still very nice. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Bottle pours black as night, medium sized frothy light brown head, with sticky lacing. Heavy aroma of charred wood, alcohol, and roasted malts. Smooth malty flavor, heavily roasted malts, somewhat burnt in fact, with some apple skin & alcohol on the tongue. Minor chocolate or cocoa. Good body, but average mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit more hop zing, slighlty oily, burnt malts, and that ever present charred wood. Not bad, but a bit young perhaps. Almost comes across as a heavy Rauchbier. Wishing it wasn’t as smokey, but perhaps with a bit more chocolate.
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
12oz bottle. Like the new Leviathan, this one is also a little young... hoppy nose with some light charred malts and sweet sugar. Flavor is a little bland... dull smoked malts and subdued hops. Not the best time to rate this, being so young in the bottle, but I will try again later and see how it ages. Finish is mildly hoppy with a dulling dry smoke flavor and a light sweet chocolate. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Thanks to JerCraigs via IPFreely. Batch 5. No head, black. Nose is iodine, cherries, somewhat astringent. Glorious flavor. Sweet malt, alcohol, nearly burnt. Ink. Hoppy finish reminds me of Old Raspitin. Damn. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
330 ml bottle from Batch 5, bottled November 2004. Pitch black beer with a thick sticky off-white head that lasts and lasts. Oily pour, very heavy body. It just coats the inside of your mouth like heavy cream. Aroma shows dark fruits, plums, coffee, licorice, and loads of ethanol in the nose. Flavour is a bit too sharp, ethanol is too prominent at the beginning, but as the beer stays in the snifter this become less so. There is nice complexity in here, raisin/plum, soy, salty licorice, leather and tobacco, blackstrap molasses, and a long roasty and bitter finish. This is a good beer, but it’s a bit too unbalanced for me.