Louipa (121) - USA - MAR 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Alcohol, chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors in this thick but not too thick brew. Small head. Tasty. I like it. I like the 9% abv too. Will buy again. Davolina (19) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2005
black and heavy, tastes bitter and smoky, with a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste.. BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2006 tan head, i can smell vanilla, alcohol, some coffee, mad roastyness, very pleasing. Tastes of dark/bitter chocolate, some sweet and fruity charachteristics, and quite a bit of alcohol and roast on the finish. Bitterness lingers for a long time. Very full and rich feeling in the mouth. Wonderfully complex. This is a very delicious beer. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Pours black with a medium tan head. Malty aroma was sweet and roasty. Malty sweet flavors of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Hoppy flavor and finish. Medoum to full body. GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Very dark brown/black pour underneah a tall brown creamy head and lacing like velcro. Intense aroma of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, caramel, chocolate with a touch of smoke & peat. Depth & complexity of flavors though they all followed the aromas without any noticable additions save for a hint of alcohol up front and again in the finish. Speaking of the finish, this one is as good as an imperial stout can be - long, creamy, sweet, warming and just fantastic. Paired this with a rich chocolate cake to cap off an otherwise great meal but this stout would turn a plate of corn dogs into a King’s feast!
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Pours a dark brown with tan head. Head stays. Smells of roasted chocolate, caramel, a little bit sweet. Taste is of chocolate with a hint of coffee and caramel. Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
A black beauty with aroma of coffee, choco and roasted nuts - very strong. The taste is very bitter and strong with hints of coffee and nuts. I good beer and properly the best stout i’ve tasted, but yet again - stout aint my favorit. green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Cellar Temp. Very dark brown. Dark malt aromas with alchohol. Tan head mostly diminishes. Strong dark malt and dark fruit flavors laced with licorice supported by a medium amount of hop resin. Medium mouthfeel, not oily or creamy as impys can be. Fishes slightly bitter but with little residual hoppiness. Very satisfying.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Spectacular Californian imperial stout. Appearance: as black as the Mad Monk’s heart. Pillowy, lasting tan head, with some lace. Thick aroma of dark rum, licorice and treacle. Full-bodied and rummy, with a light licorice finish - initially at least. Complex flavour palette includes chocolate, licorice, toffee and espresso. (Bottle, 8.9% abv) HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
I’m amazed that I haven’t rated this wonderful beer before. I’ve been drinking this for years now it seems and it never dissapoints. Definitely one of the few benchmarks of imperial stouts and one of my top 3 favorites. Such a nice integration of coffee, hops, alchohol, cinnamon, and malt. Sometimes I take it for granted that most of my local stores carry this year round.