Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2005
This is, hands down, my favorite Imperial Stout...it’s all there...great body, great hops, lots of complex flavors including dates, figs, raisins, a wonderful citric underpinning of mandarin orange and grapefruit, vanilla, oak, and even a dash of sherry, with all the flavors coming through harmoniously...simply, a beautiful Imperial Stout. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Pours black, no froth with ample residual effers. Smells like granite and espresso. Full throtle on the nectar. Flavors of roasted espresso, sweet cocoa, tar, tobacco, resin, and steak. I could actually taste candybar chocolate, just not as sweet. A defined vanilla essence shows itself on the finish. The finish itself is a might long with a slightly resinated bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall; a complex and decadent brew that is well ballanced. I highly recommend this to all the Imperial Stout lovers. Stefano (2034) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2006 Motor oil black color with a gorgeous and rocky caramel head. Aroma is roasty malt, barrel flavors, most noteably vanilla. The taste is so smooth, not the least bit bitter. The vanilla, chocolate and coffee work great together. I really love this beer. Defreni (3295) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Flaske. På denne min anden bryllupsdag holdt vi traditionen fra den første ved hævd ved at drikke en af disse fantastiske øl. Tyk sort med diskret brunt skum. En anelse brændthed i duften. Smagen perfekt balanceret imellem brændthed bitterhed og sødhed fra både malt og træ, i form af vanilie. alandudeman (25) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 Fantastic. Creamy, roasted chocolate flavour. IMHO much better than Stones 08 IRS. The best.
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2007
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours pitch black with a light brown creamy/frothy head. The head sticks around for the whole beer leaving really good lacing. The aroma is of heavy roasted malts along with a oakiness, there are also hints of vanilla. Taking a drink the first thing that hits you is the heavy roasted malts, followed by the oak, then a bitterness that sticks with you for a while. The body is full with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall I liked this alot, the oak was not to strong, but enough to round it out. gamecockbeer (2) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2008 does not count
Love this beer. Nice dark, deep brown/black color. Finishes with a taste of coffee. Really complex flavor (oak/coffee is what I taste the most). Nice thick head. Woody aroma. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ - Thanks, Mike!
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 9.5 %
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice
Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor:Earth Floral Resin
Other: alcohol, oak, woods, leaves
Notes: What an amazing aroma - off the charts in my personal experience.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: un-impenetrably Black
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: Everything an imperial stout should be in appearance - absolutely un-impenetrable darkness, a rich tan head, and a very nice presence.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: beautifully balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression: so Nice
Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Resin
Other: alcohol, garlic, oak, depth
Notes: Simply amazing. Easily one of my favorites.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: Creamy Drying Warming
Length: very Long
Intensity: very Strong
Notes: The whole mouth is activated - the mouthfeel is wonderful, covering and coating and making the whole mouth tingle. The finish is very long lasting, and imparts a depth of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.
General Impression: 20 out of 20
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Perhaps my favorite beer I’ve tasted yet. Great Divide knows exactly what they are doing, and they should continue doing it forever.
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UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 I could not think of a single way to improve this. Malty carmelized yumminess over a foundation of molasses coffee bittersweet chocolate, you mild oak spicy note to top it all off.
a dance of complex flavors and completely flawless.
On tap @ the Tap House Grill in Seattle
Although I wasn’t as impressed (maybe a 4.3) with it in a bottle. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle 650ml. Exceptional, full marks for me. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, smoke, and oak. Taste has sweet and bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, smooth, and full bodied. Black, with an off-white frothy head.