jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with the darkest head I’ve ever seen on beer. Also the thickest beer I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. Dominated by coffee and chocolate, but lacking a lot of that vinous bitterness/sourness that usually accompanies such deep flavors. Has an excellent malty bitterness that rounds out the beer quite nicely, and the alcohol is hidden perfectly. Truly a wonderful desert winter warmer.
as (180) - Belgrade / Hamburg, - DEC 30, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the luck of trying this while visiting a friend in Norway. A real gem. Totally black, with a nice looking and long lasting creamy brown head. Complex and strong aroma, predominantly malty with dark chocolate, coffee and all the usual flavors found in beers like this one. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Magnificent, a real representative of the style.
GregClow (3389) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with tupalev. My bottle. Deep black with a small dark tan head. Aroma is big and roasty with notes of dark sugar, chocolate, and hops. Full bodied. Flavour - wow, that’s good! Very full and lush, with notes of coffee, chocolate, dark malt, licorice, and a lot of hops. Excellent!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks so much for sharing Greg!!! Nice rich aroma, lots of malt and some hops. Pitch black, very very dark brown head. Great taste - tons of hops, tons of rich malt. Not much else to say, this is how you do an extraordinary imperial stout, well done Nogne.
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Dark and thick. Combines the piney resin and brambles of the hops well with the thick roasty flavours of smoky coffee and liquorice. Some of the malty sweetness in the mouth starts to bring out chocolate flavours, but this isnt overly sweet despite first impression and there is enough bitterness (mostly from the roasted malts) to balance out the sweetness here. This was pretty good, balancing extreme flavours well.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 (First ever rating, left in tact for posterity.) Bottle. Black as far as the eye can tell. Very small, dark tan head. Aroma mostly of sweet, dark fruits, some alcohol, blended nicely, but I’d like more to come through I didn’t pause to savor the aroma as I am sometimes compelled to do.. Flavor overwhelmingly roasted, tons of bitter chocolate, dark fruits, coffee in the background. Definitely a sweetness to it, but more bitter than most noticeably sweet imperial stouts, excellent balance not shying away from either end of the spectrum. Palate full, weighty, but not too sticky. Little carbonation. Overall awesome imperial stout. 7-4-10-4-17 Rerate 6/30/08: Bottle. Still quite black. Aroma starts off very roasty with tinges of coffee, some alcohol-soaked plums/prunes, later segways into unsweetened chocolate, the most natural, dead-on such scent I’ve gotten to date in a beer. Flavor has highlights of super powerful alcohol soaked plums/prunes along with a constant roastedness and smooth, creamy chocolate. Roasted, semi-bitter, chalky finish. Not heavy for an impy stout. Exquisite. 9-4-9-4-17
lisalucy (3) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a bit lighter than I enjoy my imperial stouts, yet still very good. Very palatable, a smooth yet thick feeling in my mouth. Dark tan head, black in color make for a beautiful looking beer. Not as impressed with the flavor - reminds me more of a porter than an stout.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 50cl. The beer pours pitch black with a dark-brown/chocolate colored head. The arome is roasted malts with chocolate, licorice and coffee. The flavor is smoked and with rich malts. Also notes of coffee, chocolate and some bitterness. The flavor hangs in the mouth and has a nice dark aftertaste. Good palate. Overall a good imperial stout.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks! Thick black pour with a 1-finger tan head. Roasted malt and dark fruit aroma. Very roasty and bitter with some dark fruit or berry-like sweetness. Maybe some bitter chocolate swirling around as well. Overall a very tasty imperial stout.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep, thick and black, with a massive tan head. Chocolate aroma, that fills the nose. Not much alcohol evident in the aroma. Wow, this beer is heavy and bitter. Heavier than I anticipated, almost like an old motor oil. The bitterness kills the sweet finish.