reygato (19) - USA - JUN 15, 2006
I like this brew! Pours very dark, with a thick head, great coffee aroma. Tastes even stronger than the aroma would hint; this beer has a very strong taste, somewhat bitter, but purely enjoyable at the same time. sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Great stout! Pours black (like my sooooul!) with a lingering head. Smells like toasty malts, coffee, and a little chocolate. It is a bit too bitter in the aftertaste for me, but a very enjoyable brew nonetheless. bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Draft on nitro at Newport Pizza in OB. Beautiful pour, dense tan head that never quite went away. the lacing was phenomenal, striations left on the glass as markers in between sips. The striped lacing remained from the top of the glass even when I had finished drinking the whole thing. Deep brown liquid. Chocolate notes at the start that turns to coffee by the finish. Not totally without hops. Nose was pleasant roast malts, but a little light. Added a poijnt to the overall tally due to the beauty of this drink in the glass as it went down. I’m sure the nitro had more than a little to do with it, but this far outshined any nitro glass of Guiness or any other nitro I’ve seen in recent memory. victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Split the bottle with deltamarik below. I echo his thoughts but i might also add that i think this brew would see some improvement after a little aging in the cellar. 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 (4254) - 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 (25054) - 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.