RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2007
22oz bottle. Aroma: Big roasty nose with notes of chocolate, smoke, oatmeal, espresso, deep dark fruits. Piney hops pop out as it warms. Appearance: Rich and oily black in color. Dark tan head was small and foamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Deep roasted malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, anise, smoke, and dried cherries/plums. Oatmeal really jumps out here. Pleasant sweetness throughout with a touch of molasses. Piney hops and a touch of citrus into the finish. Roasted malt bitterness mingles with some noticeable hop bitterness. Palate: Full bodied ++. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth in back of mouth. Overall: Very nice. Great flavor and aroma, but the mouthfeel was the best thing here. Really thick and rich. Have to find another bottle. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Chocolate malts, coffee ,and a major blast of alchol dominate aroma,big thick syrupy texture, almost like I’m drinking Hersheys Chocolate syrup and vodka,not as harsh as is sounds because the oats really smooth it out. As it warms there is a slight almost rubber band aroma and taste that become evident,probaly from the high alcohol and yeast byproduct. If you like the big chocolately high alcohol thick stouts, there are few that will match this JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2007
Pours very oily, but with a huge greige head over black beer. A velvety nose - does that exists? If so, this is it. Coffee milk, milk chocolate, rye bread or rice crackers. Then, dry hops well up from the deep. If I would extract the smudge in my car’s exhaust pipe with alcohol, I might get something similar in taste.... Pure carbon, mineral nearly, terribly dry. Very oily MF, syrupy. "Well-bodied" is laughable in this context. This WAS a bit rich, IMO. Until they blasted it with a flame thrower.... Well - what is its F.G. - 1085??? Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Deep opaque brown body, as promised, topped by a tight, medium ochre head. Roasty nose with strong residual sugars and chocolate with bitter hops notes. Soft, creamy body, with abundant dark fruits, brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee, and bitter hops in the finish. The velvety, delicate palate is impressive for a 22-proof beer. Very nice. Burrobuns (83) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Tap served in a footie (why god? please serve in a snifter). Good aroma, but that was nothing compared to the flavor. Amazingly sweet considering how bitter and hoppy it was as well. I was told it was high alc and could tell, but it did not really feel like an 11%. Going back for more.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2007
I love my ips and this was no exception.dark thick and very tasty that has a hoppy finish to it ,i like it and will pick up more in future.CHEERS! User37895 (3042) - - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Bottle from SL. The pour was dark pitch black, tannish to choco head, nice little initial head, thinning to a little ring over time. The aroma was chocolate, sweet malts, maybe a touch of dark fruits. The flavor was full sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, finishing with a touch of cocoa (oat?) dry bitterness, but this thing needed more hop support. The alcohol was slightly detectable too. Too malty sticky to allow the oats to come through with much dryness. Draft re-rate, 11/07, SL: Much the same opinion, darned sweet and sticky, dropping the flavor and overall a notch, not even dry/bitter in the finish this time through. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle courtesy of golubj; consumed with golubj during french night. Appearance was as expected, but the flavor wasn’t. Very good flavor and worthy of the lofty ranking. Flavor began with a chocolate and sugar and gave way to a great roasted malt/coffee flavor. Finish was spot on. Alcohol well hidden and the mouthfeel was full with some creaminess. Enjoyable and great brew. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle. Nice aroma of roasted malt, milky oat sweetness, coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is very nice; slightly creamy. The roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, and coffee all blend quite well in the flavor. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
22 oz botttle
I am always willing to try a new imperial stout, especially one that is getting good reviews. This was a fresh bottle from Riley’s in Wisconsin. If you are drinking it by yourself allot plenty of time to enjoy it. This is not a sessionable beer to be quickly rated.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body was the perfect example of an imperial stout though perhaps a little more fluid than I find ideal. A one finger tan head stubbornly refused to die down until the final pour. Oat, raisins, black cherries, expressos and plums do not disappoint. Velvet chocolate cake, truffles and other semisweet aspects wait if you let the beer warm a little more. There is even a hint of smoke eventually.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is dense and chewy yet not suffocating. Expresso, truffles and plums immediately come to mind but there are many things going on here. Anise with a slight bitterness is a nice treat. Blackberries and cherries lend a dark fruity character that is accompanied by a mild bitterness. The alcohol is never evident until you begin to feel it hit the system. This one would be interesting to age in barrels as I think oaky notes would compliment it well.