SDalkoholic (2408) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 13, 2005
In the aroma, a big roasty malt and dark chocolate over powers the senses. A slight coffee and cream smell comes through also. The appearance sits firm and is opaque but it allows some light to be seen on the other side of the glass. Head is short lived but is a beautiful sand colored patch of foam. Although this is a rich imeprial sotut, i feel it lacks a memorable flavor impression of its own. The usual signature of dark malt5 and roast character are paired with a coffee like resemblance that makes it a sound imperial stout. My second North Coast beer but i still havent caught onto the hype i guess. TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Pours rich and black with a "now you see it now you don’t" tan head. Barley is the first on stage with chocolate and coffee playing great supporting roles. The bitter hop finnish is what sets it off for me. Balanced in every way, This stout makes me wish it was cold year round. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Pours black with a decent sized tan head. Head is mostly diminishing with nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with sweet dark fruits and citrusy hops underneath. As I take my first sip, the first thing I notice about this beer is the incredible light and creamy feel of this brew. Flavor is immediately very bitter, roasted coffee and citrus hops. This gives way to dark chocolate, raisins, molases, prunes and a touch of alcohol at the end. Finish is long with the sweetness fading away and the bitter flavors lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel is on thin side. MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Pours black with a dark tan to almost broun head. Not as thick as most imperial stouts. Aromas were strong with chocolate roast malt with a little bread and brown surgar. Flavor had a Slight roast malt, light liqorice,with some mild hints of molasses. Also had some bread like flavor with a hint of vanilla. Overall this is a great beer and for me is not hard to come by. Flavors seemed to be mild and balanced. SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Bottle from MontyRxR. Poured black, as expected, but also poured thinner than expected, virtually no head, until agitated, that is. Light, but good aroma of the usual suspects, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice, as well as a slight oakiness, which sets it apart a bit. Felt a little thin, especially for an IS. Woody, alcohol tingle made for an interesting mouthfeel. It’s good, but pretty average for the style
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2005
(2005 Newport Microbrew Festival) I loved this beer. This was y far my favorite of this festival. It also helps that I love Stouts. This has such a variety of flavors the chocolate, the malt and slight smokiness. They all add to the deep dark black color and dark head. The aroma was strong malt with chocolate off flavors. I would love to have another while in the mountains skiing. tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 Pours black with a medium tan head, this may be the darkest beer I have ever seen. Aroma is sweet, with a raisin plum scent. Taste is thick and malty, somewhat syrupy, with coffee, fruit such as raisin and plum. Massive amount of sweet malt, with a little hop bitterness. Full body, high alcohol content and taste. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Nearly opaque brown/black with persistant creamy tan head, outstanding lace. Burnt coffee aroma and flavor, presumably due to a lot of black patent malt. Thick mouthfeel, and a pervasive hop bitterness that extends to the finish. Interestlngly, alcohol is not noticed much in spite of the high gravity. tennisjoel (1484) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Rerate: larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2005
It’s been a long time since I’ve rated this. But, this beer doesn’t stand up to a lot of other impy stouts. The complexity isn’t there. It’s too dominated by coffee and the alcoholic kick is too high. There are just much better examples available.
Dark with a creamy head. Looks like motor oil. Nuts, raisins, chocolate, and plums greet the nose. Taste has a nice hop to balance out the sweetness. Refreshing! Outstanding! Up there with Rogue Shakespeare.
Total Score: 4.7
Rated @ Stockholm beer fesival. Black with small beige head. Higher alcohlos, chocolate and coffey in the aroma and flavour. Mouthfeel is syrapy but rather metallic due to the huge amounts of roasted malts.