deltamarik (50) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Very, very good. It’s very dark, although not as much as some of the other Imperial Stouts out there (Victory and Bells come to mind). Tastes suitably heavy. A bit too carbonated for my taste, but if that’s the worst thing you can say about an Imperial Stout you still have yourself one fine beverage. IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Coffee and chocolate nose with a molasses hint linger above the dark walnut body and small tan head. Roasty coffee and chocolate flavor complete the brew. 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
A delicious beer for dessert, also available in most places. Aroma is malty caramel, some hops and coffee. Pours a dark dark brown, with a nice light brown head. Flavor hits malty caramel, some prunes, and a huge coffee toasty finish, with some warmth to it. Relatively full body. I love Imperial stouts. BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
12 oz. bottle
Aroma: Roasted malts are evident with a chocolate and coffee scent below. I could not put my finger on it when I first smelled it but after reading some of the other reviews immediately it became clear....licorice lingers below the other top layers making the scent quite interesting.
Appearance: Nice deep black with some of the darkest tan bubbles I have seen which sustained nicely throughout the drinking.
Flavor: Toasted malts leap out you and then other flavors become evident. Coffee and chocolate in that order. From here I think the licorice scent comes from the dry alcohol taste you would expect from a 9% brew.
Palate: Moderate mouthfeel on the heavy end of the spectrum. Again quite dry.
Overall: Job well done by North Coast. A solid offering to the Imperial Stout lineup that I would gladly enjoy again. Stouts for me are generally most enjoyable at night and this one would serve that desire quite satisfactorily. Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a small, off-white head. Fat and rather aromatic nose - obviosly some good aroma hops are used here. Medium body with sweetish, roasted malts - somewhat vinous. Quite alcoholic and bitter finish. 030606
User37895 (3085) - - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 A fine Imperial stout, but it didn’t knock my socks off. The pour was thick and dark brown (dark brown edges, no mahoganey noted) with a substantial head that gave a great lacing while drinking. Aroma was burnt chocolate/coffee with slight hops. Flavor was the same with a touch of a vinous/prune alcohol accent. Bitterness from the hops AND the burnt coffee. Mouthfeel was moderate, but not as thick as other impy stouts. Pretty drinkable. Re-rate of the millenium edition, april 06 at statelineliquors.com. Certainly loses the mouthfeel, but a dry cocoa, dusty, and light roast remain, this actually quite pleasant and soft after some seven years, although not as rich and complex as when fresh. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2006
12-oz. Always a huge favorite. Pours ultra black with a buckskin-colored head that disappears after seconds. This beer stops light in its tracks. Enormous nose of toast, roast, chocolate, burnage, and some unidentifiable blackness. Full bodied, rich and thick, with light carb pushing through. Smoke, dark chocolate, black licorice, coffee, roast nuts...so many deep rich flavors intertwine in this beer, and it’s still fairly cold as I write. Huge in every way. It’s consistent from batch to batch, and just unbelievably good. pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2006
The guy on the bottle almost appears to be giving you the "loser" sign until you look closer. This is not a loser’s beer. Pours dark and thick like oil. Decent khaki head. Smells like smoke and coffee. The taste lingers and lingers. It took me almost an hour to chew this beer down. I love the toasted malts with just enough hops to balance it. Amazing beer. I’m glad I still have three to go. nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
On nitro at Piaci’s in Fort Bragg. Delicious. Dangerously drinkable on Nitro. Thick, creamy head. Extremely full bodied. Very well balanced. Clean, warm alcohol finish. The best widely available example of an Imperial Stout. Thanks to Mark for resurrecting this style in the modern beer world. Gusgus (237) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2006
12 oz bottle. Very dark brown colour. Very nice smell of hazelnuts and chocloate, with notes of licorice, band-aid and cloves. Taste is sugary sweet with pronounced grapefruit bitterness. Very bitter aftertaste of grapefruit and licorice.