matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle was picked up in Manhattan last summer when attending BrewTopia 2004.
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Pours a dark black body and a generous kaki head. The aroma is bold and slammed full of coco, coffee, raisin, and oak. Hints of vanilla show up in the flavor but fig and raisin continue to rest beside sweetened black coffee. The palate is rather creamy but it can be a bit chalky at times. The yeast shows itself in a bittering way as the finish ceases…. A very nice beer indeed!
Big thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. The pour was obsidian with a 2-finger tan head. Big chocoff in the aroma, plus a roasty malty aroma, nuts, and cabernet. The flavors were roasty malt coupled with chocoff, cabernet. Dense palate and complex, with great balance. This is an elite stout, and yes, it should be an Impy IMHO. Regardless, it’s great. BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Big thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for this one. Smells very fruity and a bit metallic. Taste was delicious, notes of coffee, caramel, vanilla, and molasses. All of this on a very gentle, medium mouthfeel, which I found pleasing. Enjoyed this a lot, wish I could get it where I live. 9er (92) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 This is a dayum good beer. Found it at the Foodery 324 S 10th St
Philadelphia ca. 2004. It is exceptional and unsuspecting. The bottle modestly designed in contrast to the taste. It tastes well but does not smell all that much like a stout. It has a very acidic aroma yet is tender on the pallet. The tannins are subtle yet the rasin sweetness lingers well past the lips. Unique. Very sweet. asheft (3082) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
[bottle from LCBO]
Opaque black with a nice tan blanket that clings to the sides of the glass as it receded to a thin, bubbly cover. Roasty toasty dark malts with some floral accents coming through somehow. Nicely rounded flavour with significant sweetness and not as much bitter, roasted barley as expected from the aroma. The only fault that I can find in this beer is a slight alcoholic flavour that comes in at the end. Smooth with a full body and medium carbonation. Leaves a pleasant roasty taste on the palate.
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
A very nice, borderline imperial stout. In fact, except for it being "foreign", I don’t know why it is not considered imperial. Very full mouthfeel and nicely restrained sweetness. Alcohol well-hidden. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Absolutely beautiful pour! Nice midnight black with a solid 1" well-retained caramel head. Intricate lacing as it went down. Aroma was fantastic even before it warmed to drinking temp. Dutch cocoa, coffee, caramel, and vanilla all came through. There was some slight bitterness in the aroma too. Flavor started and finished with bitter notes. The middle had a strong roasted chocolate backbone, with some dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel. This was an excellent brew all around! Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is roasty with some light cocoa and coffee notes...quite nice...taste is sweet with cocoa and alcohol with a nice bittersweet alcohol and coffee finish...definately enjoyable... TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor is more of the same. Slightly bitter finish. Thinnish body for a stout. A nice beer and an excellent value, but somewhat overrated. ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
Slightly sweet and fruity aroma with some straw like notes as well as some alcohol and of course roasted grains. Large light brown head with good to excellent lacing, but unfortunately the head diminishes rather quickly. Slightly sweet flavour with moderate bitterness which balances out to light bitterness for an average length finish. Full body with a creamy texture.