Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2005
Pours out pitch black with a big, fluffy but quickly diminshing head. Very strong but not easily discernable aroms.
This stout is less coffee/chocolate as others have mentioned but has a roasty malt and vanilla flavour...oily texture. Very enjoyable brew, only thing preventing me from buying a bunch for the cellar is the clear bottle. lamas (1636) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Bottle. Pours a near-opaque black with thick brown fluffy head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasty malts, brown sugar, vanilla, licorice and a touch of alcohol. Taste is nicely balanced. Pretty rich and thick. Kinda oily too. Alcohol, licorice and some raisins are noticeable. Not quite as bitter as other rich imperials. Finish is a little dry. Boutip (6336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Bottle: Poured a opaque black beer with a medium dark brown head with minimal retention. Aroma is quite incredible and consists of pure black chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. Taste is also quite a treat with the chocolate hitting first &#40;without too much sweetness&#41; and followed by the roasted malt and coffee to finish the whole thing. Very well balance with limited bitterness, which probably makes it one truly good dessert beer. Wow!!!
Re-rate 2008: Body si bit thin but chocolate notes are still as sublime as ever. NOt really complex but realy well done nonetheless. Cartoonkhaki (1275) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Deep dark ruby black. WIth large pillowy light brown head.. light aroma with fruity essences... has a rummed christmas cake aroma.. with warming alcoholicness present palate is decent bitters on back of tongue light oiliness. PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours jet black with a beautiful creamy, tan head. Aroma is sweet, with fruit and a little brandy. Flavor is rich, roasted malts, raisins, chocolate malt, and a little spice. Finish is dry, a little bittersweet chocolate. Very nice.
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2005
so very dark brown to black. light barely passes through. tight brown dense foam lingers. complex aroma. smoke, soy sauce, worsteshire sauce, burnt wood, dark chocolate and a hint of gunpowder. rich flavors and moderate carbonation provide a soft yet tremendous mouthfeel. dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted nuts, spice, soy sauce, and chocolate liqueur. nice moderate bitterness, probably east kent goldings. not at all harsh. every flavor lingers. complex and profound. simply and perfectly enjoyable. chocolate milk for adults. Dorqui (2255) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 Foam light brown color; persistent and creamy. Extremely dark and dense black color. Intense and strong scent of liquorice and coffee. Wrapping and decided aroma. Bitter and long finish. Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2005
Pours a deep deeep brown with a beautiful chestnut head. Sadly, it dissapeared pretty quick and no lacing. Wonderful caramel and chocolate aroma. Bitter sweet flavour, chocolate, malt, caramel notes. Very fizzy on the tongue with a thin texture. Okay finish, kinda alcoholy. Cheers! Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2005
BOTTLE. DEEP BLACK COLOR WITH MEDIUM HEAD. COMPLEX AROMA WITH COFFEE AND GRAIN. GREAT BALANCE OF SWEET AND SOUR AND A COMPLEX LASTING FINISH. VERY DRINKABLE AND EXCELLANT COMBO WITH GREAT CIGAR. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
Impervious black with a lasting butterscotch head and decent lacing. The carbonation is dead on, making this immensely quaffable for such a relatively heavy beer. The alcohol presence approaches zero. Thick pour with a vineous nose initially, accompanied by coffee, burnt grain and metallic notes. Residual oiliness in the finish, plus a bitterness that seems to stem from the burnt malts as much as the hops. Not too sweet -- actually a bit sour upon warming, but that’s when the iced coffee flavours begin to emerge. Not as much chocolate/toffee flavour as some Imperials and in fact, it’s not really that complex. However, its quality and drinkability are excellent. No surprise from this popular stalwart brewery.