DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a thick, pitch black beer with brown smouldering head and visible sediment. Nose of roasted malts and coffee. Smooth, oily, silky mouthfeel. Rich tones. Nuts, toasty, hoppy, liquorice and malt. Dark chocolate and coffee tastes. The taste finishes with a medium bitter taste with some warming. Beautifully well balanced beer that I had to accompliment with some chocolate ice cream - exquisite.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A gift from my friend Audra. 22oz bottle, purple label. 23°P, 75 IBU, 9% ABV. I chilled the bottle out in the snow! Pours like liquid tar. Dark, Jet Black, dark brown creamy head. Aroma of coffee, malt, dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, and grassy hops. Flavor is rich, roasted, burnt to a crisp, malts. Lots of dark chocolate flavors. Very bitter finish. Big hopp pines linger on the back of the palate. Very HEAVY bodied, just the way an Imperial Stout should be. DARK. THICK POUR. ROASTED BARLEY. SHARP BITTERNESS. BIG ALCOHOL. This one is for the Bolsheviks...
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The maltiness is so smooth it’s almost creamy. Pours black with a deep amber hue to the edges. Leaves a healthy amount of sediment on the bottom after drinking. One of the smoother imp stouts I’ve had.
bubbleflubber (2194) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, oily opaque black pour, with a nice brown cap, leaving webbed lacing. Nice chocolate, dates, figs, roasts and slight vinous notes to the nose. First, there presents a dark tart at the front of the palate, followed by a drier bitter chocolate. These are backed with lots of roasts and dark coffee beans. The finish is a smoky bitter that rounds out the pull and ties everything together nicely. The mouthfeel is medium-rich and smooth. My only concern about the brew has been shared by many... although it works (and well at that), the complexity is left lacking a bit. In order to make this one for the books, I look for a little more depth. The dry, straightforward approach tends to leave this one interesting at first taste, but a little forgetful in the long run. Alcohol is well-integrated, but as the brew warms, the bitters reveal some possible nitrous intermingling in there. It doesn’t make the brew acrid, but a bit much at the end of the pull.
tennisjoel (1401) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour with a generous tan head. Aromas are fig, vanilla, chocolate, grassy hops, and roasted coffee beans. This is more of a coffee forward beer, with a bitter but nice finish. Not too complex for the style, fairly smooth palate. I’m going to let this warm a little and hopefully some the other flavors come out. Not bad.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black and oily with a mocha colored head. Big roasted barley nose contains deep dark chocolate, vanilla, slight oat, and floral hoppiness. Flavor is dominated by big roasted barley notes, dark chocolate, and bitter hops. Flavor is nice, but not quite deep enough to classify this as a top-tier imperial stout. That being said, it is vastly enjoyable and well worth another try.
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - JAN 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with an oily texture and a dark brown head. Aroma is so rich of chocolate, that i havnt experiented something like it before, decent amount of subdued alchohol and with a good amount of flowery hobs. Flavor has a good amount of sweet chocolate notes, but is dominated by bitter hobs and bitter raw chocolate and black liqurice. Really enjoyable stout right there
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As near black as a beer can get with a good looking tan head. Aroma is mostly bittersweet chocolate with some roasted malt. Flavor profile is a reverse of the aroma with mostly roasted malt noticed with some bittersweet chocolate lurking in the background. Finishes a little on the bitter side, but overall, a very enjoyable stout. Shared this one with illini08, thanks to RLB for the bottle!
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bottleworks, this beer is very dark nearing black with a large brown frothy head. Aroma is a little anise with lots of choclate and some coffee and of course roasty malts. Starts a little sweet before the drying espresso and chocolate flavours kick in nicely. Good but not great.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate, Roast, Hop scent. Super dark chocalate brown/black. Chocolately dark brown large head, the head tastes chocolate. Tastes roasted, mocha coffee, roasty malt, hops. I don’t notice the alc as much as others. Chocolate is more notice able toward the 2nd half of my glass. Not too sweet, and roasty flavors last threw out. Large head is gone toward the dry roasted finish, Left head curtains all the way down. Very nice stout! Will definitely have again, maybe as an ice cream float.