tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle via trade with MrBendo. Aroma of rich, dark chocolate. Loads and loads of roasted malt, vanilla, wet wood and leather. Pours with motor oil like viscosity. Jet black with a creamy red/brown head. Flavor was roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla extract, molasses. Excellent balance of rich, oily malt and dry hops. Perfect texture. Creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation. Lush and silky. Thanks Todd! fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Initial thanks to Walt for sharing. Then Sprinkle sent a couple of nombers my way to spread the dark goodness that this beer is. Mighty and mighty tasty. Deep, dark, delicious, hoppy like a frog, roasty like uh like uh l;ike a toad? Just works well, having the components in harmony like I like it. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2007
22oz. agressive pour gave me a black oil body with tight creamy brown head. Strong nose hops, with chocolate, caramel trace vanilla. Lots of roasted goodness in the full mouth feel. Lots of chocolate and pine finish. Nice here. A very good brew here, would be better on a cold night, but with college footbal in full swing and upset all over, needed to celibrate. Trade, THANKS! Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2007
poured into tulip. pours a black with mild head. hop mocha presence. dark roasted malt presence. smooth mocha to finish. good. blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle (650ml) shared with tupalev, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of jerc & mabel. Pours an oily black with an average size diminishing light-brown head. Strong but nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, hops and alcohol. Flavour has lots of hops, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light coffee and a long bitter finish. More alcohol in the aroma then the flavour. Nice thick full body, oily mouthfeel. A fantastic Imperial Stout!
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Big thanks to Secret Santa crizay for this one! Pours motor oil black with a surprisingly good deep brown head. Great aroma, a blast of chocolate liquor, a bit of coffee. Flavor matched, more chocolate liquor, coffee, and a fig and raisin fruity note. Flavors were a hair disjointed here, and the alcohol was a touch on the rough side. Perhaps with age this comes together a bit better. Although quite good, not a world beater IMHO. henrikb (1264) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2007
Black body, light brown head; Quite intense quite nice dry oatmeal sweet UK licorice aroma; Big full soft fruity acidy body, huge; Very intense very roasted bitter finish, lots of burnt aromas. Very good, but almost to much. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Re-rate, on tap at Hop Devil Grill, NYC. Similar numbers to my bottled rating, I just bumped the aroma from 6 to 8 as it smelled really nice on tap - lots of coffee, alcohol, chocolate and roast. I also bumped appearance from 3 to 4 based on the on tap appearance. Overall from 15 to 16 b/c of this. A really solid impy.
Bottle shared with Jerc, Mabel, and Blankboy, courtesy of Jerc and Mabel (I think). Pitch black, no head at all. Mild chocolate, roast aroma. Really good roast taste, with some alcohol at the end. Thick thick body, probably needed a little bit more carbonation. A very good impy. aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pour: black dark. Head: dark, brown, thin. Aroma: mollasses, soy, alcohol, some coffee. Flavor: coffee, roast, alcohol. Palate: smooth, thick bodied. Finish: warm roasted. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Poured like oil, thick black. Not quite as black as perfect, but pretty damn close. Thin chestnut brown head. The aroma is sweet, chocolate shows, coffee big time, caramel, mild alcohol, molasseses. The flavor is huge on coffee, then chocolate, sweet molasses, alcohol, citrusy hops, dark cherries when it warms. the palate is smooooooth, slides across the tongue with the aid of oatmeal.