BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2005
My friend had this one hanging around for a while for the right time to open it. Twas worth the wait. Bottled. Poured a deep thick opaque black with a dark brown head rocky, creamy head. Aroma was of roasted malt, dark cocoa, espresso, molasses and toasted bread. Some caramel and nutiness is also present. Mild fruitiness makes its way into the aroma as well: raison and dried cherry. Flavor was equally complex. Burnt barley malt and strong coffee with some complementing chocolate undertones. Sweet molasses and caramel syrup with some subtle earthy hop notes. Bitter dually from hops and roasted malts. Slight dark cherry, plum and date notes. Finishes dry and smooth with a tad of alcohol warmth. Body is on the slight thin side for an imperial stout, but still significantly full and silky with perfect carbonation. Excellent. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Thanks be to Brooklynboy (Edward) for sharing this fine beer with me
Black as well... night... with a thin brownish grey head. The nose is full of roasted caramel malts with just a tinge of cream. The taste is up front strong with malts and some alcohol bites. As the taste sits for a while it becomes more and more roasted malts with just a dab of hops. The alcohol fades away and becomes almost calming towards the end. Absolutely fantastick. I have gotta get some more of this stuff.
It leaves the bottle dark brown and turns black in the glass, having a slender and short-lived cocoa head that rapidly transforms into a halo. This has a huge roasted malt aroma, loaded with burnt coffee, dark chocolate, toast, and molasses with a faint alcohol presence. Pretty smooth in the mouth, it’s roasted barley, caramel, creamy chocolate, black coffee, and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. The finish is dry coffee. Good drink, but it strikes me as more of a "breakfast stout" than an Imperial Stout. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Aroma is loaded with malt. Chocolate, molasses, caramel, and a light roastiness. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a tan head that fades to a ring rather quickly. Lots of chocolate and caramel up front with a light roasted coffee and hop finish. Roasted coffee lingers into the aftertaste. Seemed a little thin for an Imperial.apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2005
This is phenominal on tap (Courtesy of JCW at labor day weekend gathering). Maltier and less roasted coffee. Finish has a tad more alcohol, but the perfect balance without being overdone. Palate doesn’t compare. More heavy, smooth, and creamy mouthfeel.
On tap 4.5
Thick, dark molasses and roasted coffee and caramel in the aroma, as well as in the flavor. Very smooth finish, great mouthfeel. Lactose is evident, and it it very creamy and chocolatey. A truly great IS!
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle. Pours very dark and opaque, with medium tan fluffly head. Huge roasty chocolately coffee aroma. Flavor is big and rich, with lots of chocolate and coffee, and some samll hint of fig and dates. Nicely balanced background earthy hops. Alcohol was very well hidden imo. This is good stuff. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Opaque, dark chocolate in color with a creamy small dark head. Roasted malt, light hop, graham crackers, licorice in aroma. Full creamy body that sticks to your mouth. Sweet cocoa, espresso flavors. Slightly dry in finish. Lingering bitter chocolate finish, light hops. Nice!!! Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 12 oz bottle thanks to OhioDad. Pours opaque black with a dark tan head. Beautiful mocha aroma with a much stronger chocolate than coffee. A bit of alcohol in the smell as well, but not overpowering. The flavor is rich and full, but still in check -- nothing harsh about it. The roastiness is very warming and full rather than sharp and bitter, with strong coffee flavors and a great deal of bitter chocolate. The most notable aspect of this beer is the mouthfeel, though, which is thick and silky. It’s like drinking black cream. All in all amazing. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Pours black with a large dark mocha head that fade to a medium had that stays. Aroma is a rich bitter chocolate, sticky sweet maltiness, slight coffee, slight sweet soy, gingerbread (when warm), alcoholic warmth in the nostril. Flavor is mix of chocolate nibs, coffee, a bit of a chocolate chip cookie aspect, slight alcoholic fume in the back of the throat. Full and creamy body. The imperial has a very nice balance, bitter chocolate matched with sweet cookish malt. This makes it a rich and full but relatively drinkable beer. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with bkelley68, thanks Brian!) What a beautiful sight to see this used, dirty motor oil pouring into my glass. Darkest black through the center of my glass, with just a hint of dark brown at the edges, this is pretty impressive. And the head is brown, not tan, not beige, not light brown, but real brown, as dark as I’ve seen topping a beer. Too bad it fades away very quickly. The enticing nose is very chocolaty, also roasty and malty. Chocolate plays a big part in the flavor as well, especially up front, with roast joining in to give nice balance for my tastes. Mildly sweet and fairly bitter, the chocolate still reigns supreme here. Full bodied without being sticky or viscous, and it just seems perfect to me. Wow, this is really delicious. Wish this came in a bomber, I’d still have another 10 ounces to enjoy.