buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 12 oz. bottle from Steve’s Liquor in Madison. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is smokey malts and nutty. Also some sourish fruit. Taste is bitter malts, coffee and some more of the sour fruit. Pretty damn smooth for 12% SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
#982, Bottle at the Champaign-Urbana private tasting held at Radio Maria. Thanks to Phillip. Hazy black with long lasting thin lacking tan head. Nose is sweet and alcoholicy, taste sour but malty and roasted with cream. Good. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle from Steve’s at Madison. Clearly this is underrated on this site.There are few beers that can hide 12 ABV as well as this. I would have guessed half as much. On to the beer, notes of chocolate and french roast meet soy and licorice. There’s some toasty oak notes as well. Kudos to Tom Porter for this one. DocLock (11103) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Thanks to Buckybeer for this one. Pours onyx with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malt, some vinous fruit, oaky molasses, some chocoff. Tastes roasty malty, with a bourbony oaky molasses element, plus chocoff and some nuts. Medium to dense on the tongue, with some finishing kriek notes. Well hidden alcohol and a chewy body make this one well worth quaffing! duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle, with Clark VV and Sully. Black in colour, as expected. Aroma and flavour are typicall of a American Imperial Stout. Lots of dark chocolatey flavours, roasty malt, licorice, tar and also hoppy notes to finish. Very rich and sweet and very warming. Probably a little too raw aswell.
ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2006
2006 bottle from The_Enemy, consumed on 8/12/06. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Strong pour yields a small, but quite creamy, dark sandy-tan head. Some sediment left on the bottom, with medium to medium-low clarity in the deep black liquid. Deep violet tinges on the sides spell plenty of roasted barley. Head remains at cover, with some light lacing.Bittersweet nose at first, with deep chocolate cake icing, fudge and roasted barley vinousness. Very even and soothing, without any mess of overdone hops. Growing lightly tart/sour as it warms, with more of a transparent aroma, showing off the chocolate malt, light black malt smokiness and some salty toffee flavors. Rather complex and certainly not overdone. No sign of the 12% in the nose. More reassuringly strong in the nose, than assertive.
And it translates well to the flavor. Creamy, malted milk shake flavors up front, with a very creamy, well-malted mouthfeel that has sugars oozing everywhere. But decidedly balanced by a blossoming roastiness, drying out further on the finish, with a lightly lip-curling smokiness. Some traces of tar and treacle remain on the palate. Very much milk-chocolatey, through and through, with lightly tart lactic notes taking the place of hops and enlivening things. Low carbonation, moderately complex and the smoke is well-appreciated. No sign of 12 percent, hard to believe it’s that high. Great brewer.
Looks like I rated the Mephisto trifecta with this one. Thanks for the bottle, Duane. The body was black with a medium khaki and orange colored head on top. The aroma was mushrooms with pancakes. There was also soem earthy whidkey and tobacco. The taste was a little bit of coffee with some mild cherries. There was also some light tobacco. Lake Louie continues to impress me. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
2006: Pour is black with a thin tight bubbled tan head...smell is roasty and sweet with nuts and cocoa...and definately lactic...taste is roasty and intensely sweet with chocolate, vanilla, some coffee...alcohol well hidden...something seems imbalanced about this beer though...maybe imbalanced is the wrong word...just strange...good though... Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Duane via trade. Aromas of cocoa, roasted coffee, and cream. Nice aroma, but not as big as I would expect from an Imperial Stout, especially one that’s 12%. Pours a dark brown with no transparency, a small beige head, and quite a bit of sediment floating around the edges of the glass. Starts with lots of roasted coffee and light roasted grain. Moderate dark chocolate follows along with some black licorice. Nutty and light piney hops in the finish. Absolutely no detection of the 12% alcohol in the flavor. Really hard to believe this beer is really that big. Mouthfeel is slightly oily but a tad thin for an Imperial. A solid Imperial Stout. chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2006 It’s not 12% or a classic Imperial but I do so want more. Complex. Finish could have more flavor and feel.