kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle. Poured out motor oil black with a nice thick dark tan head. Aroma is intoxicating itself full of rich, dark roast coffee, molasses and some toasted malt. Palate was almost creamy in texture, just a bit of fizz, great mouthfeel. Flavor was so incredibly complex with strong dark chocolate, molasses, french vanilla, toffee and a bit of anise. The finish was heavy on the roasted malt and alcohol which warms you on the way down. If I still lived up north I would definitely use this to warm me up on those cold winter nights. Outstanding, hearty beer. Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 This is so very, very good. Coal black with an espresso head. Just by sniffing this one you know you’re in for something of a treat. It’s hearty yet compulsively drinkable. Dried cherries, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a little spiciness. Coats the tongue without being too viscous. Bitterness at the back of the throat with some alcohol. This is the benchmark I use when comparing other stouts. antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle. Opaque dark brown with a very thin head with lacing that never goes away. Looks very thick when pouring, but mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Aromas of dark roasted coffee- only with plenty of sugar added, and a little barleywine-like fruitiness. Seriously potent roasted malt flavor with some bitter chocolate and a malt sweetness that reverts back to an intense roasted bitterness at the finish. If you think Guinness Draft is a strongly flavored beer, this might kill you. No clue to the alc% from the flavor. Great and evil beer. Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Strong heady beer. Nice dark color almost pitch black. Has a strong coffee taste with a bit of sweetess like chocolate. Bit of a burnt aftertaste though which I didn’t care for. Over all a good beer, one that I would drink again. pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Bottle. Jet black color in the middle of the glass, but a nice dark ruby brown on the edges with thin yet creamy head. Lacing is sparse, but a good looking beer. Nose is full of many things: coffee, burnt toast, brown sugar, molasses, and some other things that I’m not adept enough to explain. Espresso flavor hits hard and early, with a nice biting flavor and carbonation. Not as "thick" as I expected, but tastes good. A little sweetness at mid-swallow along with a slight hop bitterness. This is good stuff and is as good at lower temps as it is when it warms. Palate only a 3 because not enough body or silkiness, but a fine beer.
QUESTor (5) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005 does not count
Thick, frothy stout. Initial impression has a bit of chocolate two, though not sweet. Settles in nicely on the tongue, and lingers. Hint of strong coffee – espresso maybe. I enjoy this one. Recommended for anyone that enjoys a strong, heady beer. clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
This beer is has a great black color when poured into your glass. You can really tell that it has some kick to it with the nice warming fell you get when you drink it. The flavor stays with you for a long time. Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2005
Bootled. Pours black, with a frothy brown head. Aroma is od Dark roasted malts, some bitter chocolate, and alcohol. Long full malty flavour, with notes of bitter chocolate. Long aftertaste jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bring on the chilly fall/winter nights. Intensely roasted flavor, malty, with a nice appropriate alcohol nose and finish. Quite complex. Best imperial stout on the planet. endersworld (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Light, slightly burnt chocolate smell. Dark brownish/red look and little to no head that evaporates quickly. Very obvious roasted malt with a lingering chocolate taste. Nice complexity. Smooth with a bit more carbonation then other Imps and slightly creamy. Very drinkable.