edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
5/16/05: Bottle.vaportrail (14) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Large initial head. Black-brown opaque body. Minimal lace. Chocolate malt aroma with a touch of alcohol. Flavor is malty with coffee and cherry tones. Slightly tart. Finishing hops present.
Dark brown brew with creamy, carmel colored froth. Aroma of burnt, sweet fruit and hours old coffee. Smooth and robust on one’s palette--a nice combonation. Oily mouthfeel. Flavors of slightly bitter espresso. Expect an oily film to coat your mouth. This beer has so much alcohol, that one would expect to taste it, but you will not likely do so. Cheers! Ratman197 (15109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2005
This is a bottle I bought in 2003 and stored in my cellar.
It pours a rich almost opaque black with a small brown head that dissapates quickly. Chocolate, coffee and some licorice are some of the aromas. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee,roasted malt, and some fruitiness are just some of the flavors in this complex beer.
Alcohol isnt even noticable. This is a good easy sipping beer for a dark and stormy night! SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
Thick and fluffy head with dark brown stout inside the glass. Once held against the light it is no longer opaque and a lot of debris can be seen floating around. Aroma has moderate amount of chocolate and mocha scent but also vanilla can be smelled too. Texture is oily and has a creamy and decent body. Flavor is well balanced between different malts: roasted and toasted. Bits of chocolate pieces, licorice, and a dark fruit of some sort. Slight sweetness left behind when i lick my upper left. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 Pours black like the oil that came out of my long overdue oil change. Seriously, this is completely opaque. I hold this beer up to the sun and it causes a solar eclipse. Aromas of burnt coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and just good in general. Sweet tasting. Nice rich, thick mouthfeel. 10% alcohol? are you serious? I never even noticed it while I was drinking it. Relatively easy drinking for such a hefty brew.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted mlat, and some coffee. Chocolately flavor. Smooth, bitter palate. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Pour is black with a nice tan head...coffee chocolate nose...taste is chewy coffee with some cocoa late in the mouth...finish is nice and lingering (in the good way)... Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle. Nose-bittersweet chocolate and coffe with some fruit, banana, and spice on the back end. Grapey nose. Very nice velvet mouthfeel. Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
A rich roasted aroma, with coffee, milk, and overall Starbucks character. Very dark brown, hazy, with a rich dark cream head. Coffee and chocolate, in the classic dimensions of an Imperial Stout, but a normal (average) palate. Overall a very drinkable imperial stout. Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - APR 2, 2005
pours dark brown that is almost black. aroma is chocolate and coffee. taste is overly sweet with more coffee and a bitter finish that keeps this honest. enjoyable.