after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2006
Foil-topped bomber. Good grief; what an amazing beer. Pours a big fat surger head--nitro-esque. Obsidian body, tan-colored, suede-like head. Caramel, vanilla, roast, hops--they all come through on the nose and on the palate as well. Have to say that the creamy goodness of the mouthfeel on draft is slightly...um, *more* perfect than it is in the bottle. An already phenomenal beer significantly improved by judicious barreling. This is why I drink beer in the first place. ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - APR 23, 2006
Probably the best beer i’ve ever had! my roomie brought this back from Mass. for me. pours a black, almost purple color, with ruby hints when shown against a light. aroma is powerfull, i could smell this from 5 feet away when my friend cracked this. strong caramel, and vanilla notes, with mocha, earthy, yeasty hints. made me drool instantly. flavor is similar. caramel, fudge, mocha, vanilla. hoppy bite in the end. creamy and thick, warms the belly. im gonna have to order a case of these. Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2006
Pours black with dark tan head with a redish hue. Tan lacing lingers. Flavor of chocolate, dark roasted malts, dry hops. The oak flavor is subtle. very good beer. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - APR 19, 2006
Poured extremely dark, just like old oil. A lot of these "imperials" just don’t pour very dark, but this guy is an exception. A thick, dark tan head that stays throughout with a thick sheeting, and frothiness that stays on the glass. Huge aromas of toast, roasted coffee, dark chocolates, and oak. Flavor is the same, but with smooth malts, and a vanilla undertone, and robust hops. Only one complaint..the alcohol content comes through a little bit to strong. If you put your mouth close to the beer and inhale through the mouth, you almost lose your breath. Somehow it manages to balance itself out with the strong hoppy bitterness. Also a little bit to salty, but this is common with the style.. OK, so thats two complaints. Smooth mouthfeel, thicky bodied, making it feel heavy on the tongue, but comes off as silky smooth. Goes down thick, and smooth. A looong bitter finish. The toasty, hoppy, bitter flavor stays with you long after swallowing. Overall, a big two thumbs up for Great Divide on this one. I was just starting to think they were overrated. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2006
Finished off our Saturday tasting at Immy’s with this one. From bomber. Pours black with a thick coffee head. Nose has floral hops, thick chocolate and oak nicely blended together. Body is silky and brings with it a flavor that follows the nose and adds vanillia and a vinous quality. Excellent bitter finish and an excellent Imperial Stout!
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2006
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Aroma of wood, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Flavors of oak, cocoa, toffee. Mouthfeel is thick with a very pronounced hop bitterness. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
Had on tap at Brouwer’s. Dark black w/ a nice creamy brown head. Vanilla aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Awesome smell. Great vanillla and oak flavor...very deep and rich. KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Very dark color with a colorful head. Smell of coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Taste of roasted coffee, vanila, bourbon and some bitter chocolate. Good stout but wont buy it again. I still think Who’s Your Daddy? is way better than this. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 16, 2006
Gputty brought this bomber by to share with me, and I am oh-so-glad he did! Inky black pour with a deep brown head. Heady chocolate and cocoa nose, some vanilla and oak notes. This is one beer that really benefits from the oak aging! Lovely, thick syrupy body, silky mouthfeel. Flavors are very complex, how can something so bitter be so sweet? Resiny pine hoppiness over a roasted coffee and bitter chocolate base. Notes of vanilla, bourbon and oak. Beautiful bitter chocolate finish, and all of the flavors mentioned abouve fade away slowly. Simply amazing. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2006
Sampled at the 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Nice beer. Will have to seek out some more for a little quality time. The beer poured an opaque, dark brown-black with an average-sized, creamy, light brown, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma was malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, burned caramel, cookie and moderate notes of molasses; hoppy with moderate notes of herbs, resin and pine; yeasty with a light note of basement; light miscellaneous note of vanilla and a moderate note of oak. The flavor was heavily sweet, heavily bitter with a long, bittersweet finish that built from moderately- to quite heavy. Nice oaky retros. Sexy palate: the body was full, the texture was creamy and the carbonation was soft with a moderately alcoholic finish.