jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Black with a tan head. Smells of dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and roasted with chocolate and coffee taste and slight licorice. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2008
bottle. Aroma has notes of smoke, herbs, chocolate malt, licorice. Large tan foamy head that mostly diminished but left good lace. Black hue. Flavor starts kind of sweet with some lingering licorice, then turns bitter with smoke and chocolate coffee on the finish. Palate is full bodied and oily flat. Nice and complex but not is a way I prefer. Still, a very well done, albeit different, Imp stout. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Black with a thick dense lingering head that begs you to drink the beer. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and some hops. Rich coffee taste with a little hop bitterness. Thick body but goes down smooth and does not seem alcoholic.
Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Apr. 2007 - Black pour, quickly dissipating head. An almost fruity, winelike aroma...didn’t smell like a stout. Some winelike hints beneath a plethora of alcohol burn, piney hops and roastiness. Okay. Pinball (12154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Bottle, from the supermarket. (on sale. Yipee!). The first thing i noticed that i didn’t like was the palate - a little too bubbly. But apart from that this is a solid and great imp. stout. aftertaste is a little on the sweet side, but these are just the kind of small details i start to look for when i basically have nothing bad to say about a beer. This one is great, and i’m going to buy lots more while they are sold at a discount.
rerate apr 2009.
bottle bbf 07-07, sampled 04-09. pitch black pour, small brown head. looks VERY solid.(4), strong solid coffee and roasted malts aroma. vanilla, brown sugar, honey. balanced.wow.(8). flavor is balanced, licurice, roasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla. aging has created a superp balance, and it tastes like it had been on wood. fantastic.(9).
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2008
bottle by way of john_adam2002... thick nearly black pour topped with a cappuccino colored head which fades quicker than i thought it would. the aroma is full of dark roasty grain, chocolate, wood, dark raisins and lactic. fortunately the palate is not sweet. the flavor is very similar to the aroma but more astringent and sour. it leaves behind a bitter grainy aftertaste. rich thick body with a luscious creamy mouth feel... velvety and soft... larstangaa (104) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
Smooth I. S. - all the usual "suspects" for a I.S. - a little to vague for a Nøgne Ø? RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Pours midnight black with a tan head that isn’t very large and forms off a very firm pour. The nose is heavy. Almsot like burnt wood with a bit of molasses mixed in. Just extremely robust and thick. Flavor is super smoke! Sheesh. Kind of like I swallowed a log used to cook some kind of intense BBQ. Whew. Feels almost thick enough to chew on wih a decent carbonation. Nice to drink. A winter sipper for sure. That smokey and molasses tone is fairly noticeable. Be prepared. clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours almost black with an abundant brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts, hops, and molasses. Flavor begins with slight roastiness, followed by a hop bitterness finish. This beer seems really thin to me, especially for an Imperial Stout. While it is an OK brew, I don’t get the extremely high ratings. I expect Imperial Stouts to be like a swift kick to the balls, this one just doesn’t deliver. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2008
(500 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co., cellared for 10 mos. after purchase) Pours very, very dark brown with a thin brown head that recedes to a very thin layer, mostly around edges. Aroma of molasses, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is typical Imp Stout - smooth, a little loose and slightly chalky. Fine, weepy, broken lacing. Flavor is dark baker’s and semisweet chocolate with slightly bitter coffee and a very slight hint of molasses. Really has no more complexity than a good "regular" stout but is tasty and elegant nonetheless. Alcohol well-hidden.