MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2007
black pour thick tan head w/ soem good lacing. Big aroma lots of hot alcohols and some sweet malts carmel a salty fruit that I really can’t place lots of alcohols. Palate is rich and lightly creamy, well coated. Nice flavor, butters, a hint of smokiness, lots of fusel style alcohols some dark fruits. Decent but not great. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Clear dark brown. Creamy light tan soapy head. Aroma is sweet vanilla chocolate, gluey tar. Sweet creamy slightly roasted peaty chocolate. Blah. I drank too fast. nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2007
Had this one late one night at the Porterhouse in Covent Garden in a bottle. I liked it but I thought it a little too sweet -- I think that much like the Dogfish World Wide Stout it might get nicer with some age. That being said, it was smoky, complex and tasted like a fine brandy. Enjoyable. garthicus (2942) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Complete re-rate almost a year later: My bottle, bought by my Mother in Dublin and sent to me in Toronto. Appearance: Lovely deep black colour with a somewhat wispy caramel-pancake mix colour head. Aroma: Chocolate, hops, alcohol, peat/turf, some licorice and Christmas pudding attributes in the aroma also. Very comforting. Flavour: Wow - smokey, chocolate, turf, brandy-alcohol, some cream too, like a Baileys finish, very light on the palate for such a complex and alcohol strong beer. This truly is a one of a kind beer and is aging well (2 years, as this was a once off brew in 2006 to celebrate their 10th anniversary) very smooth, very very drinkable considering the strength. I think this deserves a special place in Irish brewing history. Incredible. Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - MAR 22, 2007
This is becoming more and more difficult to find so I thought it’s time I rated this. First thing I noticed was the aroma, which was strongly of chocolate but also maybe coffee and some other stuff. It’s a very dark beer with a smallish light brown head which doesn’t last too long. The taste is again of chocolate and coffe but it also has some burnt things in there, as well as some peppery alchol and other things. Nice and thick in the mouth. The first imperial stout I’ve tasted, but I’d imagine others are better. I think there could be more flavour.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle. A fullbodied stout, with some rich tarry notes, roasty malt, dark fruit, and peppery alcohol in the finish, slightly vinous mouthfeel. Very nice, probably my favourite beer from these guys. onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 Jet black virtually no head. Intelligent and well rounded in flavour, sweet with layers of coffee, chocolate, a little spicyness with some hops to balance. Some warming alcohol. A really great beer, the best Irish beer I’ve had. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Smells of chocolate, anise, some bitter sharp hops, nuts and hints of coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, pepper, dark fruit, licorice and hints of sweet malt. As the beer warms, some alcohol and cognac notes creep in. Mouthfeel is velvety and thick and leaves a nice lingering peppery hint with some sweet caramel on the finish. Thanks to my Brother-in-Law for picking me up a bottle of this one. I can’t wait to sample the Wrasslers from this brewery which is coming soon courtesy of the MJ rare beer club. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2007
At last, a genuinely great Irish stout. (Pipe down you Guinness drinkers - that chemical muck you’re supping does not compare.) May the Porterhouse have many more celebrations, if this is the result. This 10th anniversary imperial stout is a rich challenge for the senses. Mine had been bludgeoned into a stupor by a long afternoon’s sampling, but this one cut through the gathering fog. In the glass, it was as black as the look on a Temple Bar barman’s face if you ask him to hurry up with your pint. (You could read Joyce’s "Ulysses" in the time it takes to get a pint of porter on a Saturday night.) With a little warmth, the beer releases heady fumes of tar, molasses, pepper and rum-soaked raisins. When the assault shifts from the nose to the tongue, you’re greeted with a thick, sweet, spicy brew. Not too heavy in the limb for the style, but supple and slick. It’s full flavoured and peppery. Clove competes for attention with tokay. The finish is long and warms down to the stomach lining. The experience is so intense that a little goes a long way. But it’s an experience I’d love to have on tap now and then. May the next anniversary brew be as memorable. (Bottle courtesy of Duff at the Sydney RateBeer Jan 07 swally) Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): A finer introduction to Imperial Stouts I could not have asked for. Opaque black with occassional ruby glints. A rich, oily nose dominated by sweet peppery alcohol notes. The mouthfeel and flavour are what really distinguishes this - lots of roasty flavours in a concentrated, oily, viscous palate, balanced by some chewy tar-like notes and lots of tobacco. Quite nice.