emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours oil black with a nice viscosity. Produces a thin creamy dark brown head. Sweet rich aroma, molasses, soy sauce, . Very roasty flavor, alcohol definitely apparent, meaty, dark roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, mild hop bite and waxyness at the back of the mouth. Warming mouthfeel, nice waxyness with a smooth carbonation. Wasn’t quite what I like in the style as far as the flavor goes. Nice pour and mouthfeel but has much more of a hop profile and harsh roast than I like. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Pours very dark with a full light brown creamy head. Aroma is very nice with roasted coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. Flavor is nice with more dark, roast notes, molasses, roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate. Not much in the way of hops here. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a nice, soft and silky feel. Not characteristic of the style, but still nice and smooth. Finishes with chocolate and more roasted notes. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2007
1 pint .9 fl oz bottle pours black with a tan head that sustains though an entire phone conversation. The aroma is of molasses, dark chocolate, and fine coffee. The flavor is very malty, sweet, lactic, slightly fruity, with a lingering coffee like bitterness that lingers. I’m thinking about chocolate muffins for some reason. Chocolate bread? OK, chocolate beer. The flavor is very refined compared to some other Imperial Stouts out there. The palate is quite rich, but not overbearing. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is quite a beer. Lovin it. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Poured from a 500ml bottle, and served in a snifter. This imperial stout poured a beautiful black with a one-finger thick, creamy, dark tan head that slowly faded down to a thin layer that lingered around for the duration. The aroma of this brew was made up of milk chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, coffee, and also a light floral hop note. The flavor was all about the roasted malts. The other flavors detected included chocolate, oats, coffee, finishing off with a lasting, dry, roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with some oily slickness. It was full-bodied with very moderate carbonation. All in all, a very nice beer. The flavor lacked a bit of complexity, but it was still very appealing. Ratman197 (14698) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle poured a nearly opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Palate was medium to full bodiede and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, dark chocolate, light coffee and light vanilla with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Great delivery from mcox90. Black as a night in deepest darkest africa. It pours thick like a liquid meal. Aroma of the coffee and chocolate with the taste of the above with heaviness on the coffee. Finishes with alcohol heat. Would be great on a cold fall or winter day. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Mostly great beer but not outstanding. Pour was dark black with descent beige head. Nose was big on all of the great stout traits: chocolate, malt, coffee, barley. But then digging into it I found it to be a bit flat. Those flavors all were there but there was nothing that made me go wow this is great. It felt like I it was just going through the motions. Heres the chocolate notes, and here we have the malt flavors and so on. Kind of boring, but still tasty. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Pours pitch black with a mostly receding light bronw head. Aroma of dark chocolate, light hoppiness, light roast, and herbal hoppiness. Taste is sweet, malty with mild roast and notes of licorice and chocolate. Correct, this has loads of chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel is full to heavy bodied, alcoholic with lush carbonation. Very nice stout. dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pours a dark oily black with a small dark chocolate head, coffee on the nose with some cocoa, lots of coffee on the tongue with some bitterness to boot, finishes pretty clean considering the heavy body. This is a very nice impy stout, a very solid beer. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
500 ml bottle, via anders37?. Pours a pitch black body, 100% opaque, under a generous one inch foamy brown head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. The nose is deeply roasty with some smoky hints, lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Light licorice, alcohol, and a little chalk. The flavor is a bit too chalky and burnt for my tastes, it’s almost a little ashy. The alcohol doesn’t really have a flavor impact, but on the finish the fumes rise up into my sinuses from the back of my throat. Reminds me of a quality vodka, but I don’t really like vodka. I still get that light smokiness though that I really like. Mouthfeel is a little more thin than I would expect, though I like that it’s not sticky or cloying. It’s really kinda silky in texture. Very nice super soft light carbonation. It has the body of more of a plain Stout. Overall, this was a pretty solid, though I did have some issues with how the burnt malt was so prominant. It got more tolerable and familiar as I made my way through the bottle.