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. Itís 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 (3062) - 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. roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 12 oz. bottle. Picked up a case of this beer purely based on the ratings on ratebeer. In Corsendonk tulip glass, this beer pours a dark black, espresso-oily liquid with very little dark caramel colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of rich unbrewed coffee beans, toffee, touch of caramel, burnt caramel. Flavor is the same, and ends perfectly dry. Mouthfeel is not initially tingly, but oily, velvety, tingly briefly in the back of the throat, but quite nice and easy to drink. This beer leaves a thin film in the glass giving it a dark yellow/ dark brown tint in the bottom half previously occupied by the brew. Impressive. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, room temp. CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(12oz bottle) This pours a medium foamy brown head upon an opaque body. Nose of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, coffee grounds and a shot of bourbon. The flavour is well-rounded with a very creamy cocoa powder tone piercing a sea of roasted caramel and bubblegum. Alcohol-notes finish this multi-dimensional adventure. Thanks to MartinT for helping me knock this beer off my wishlist!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Opaque black with a dark brown fizzy head that dissapates quickly. Cocoa, roast malt, and currant aromatics. Heavy roast malt flavors, notes of cocoa early on, with a slight peatiness near the end. Finish is a slightly astringent coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Pours a nice thick black with a slight sangria-tinted head that appears to be ready to fade quickly, but it stays on. Aroma is a nice mix of smoke and a stiff red wine, heavy on the wine. Flavor is a rush of smoke, oak cask, roasted malt and chocolate. A wonderfully full and complex beer that deserves a try. Thanks to footbalm for sending this one my way! sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Finally I get to try this "legendary" beer. "Thick as motor oil," as so many are fond of saying; absolutely opaque black; small, brown head; light lacing. Aroma is less mind-blowing than I expected; chocolate, roasted malt, with light vanilla and caramel; light fruitiness. Flavor is far more appealing: Fairly roasty but not overly so; vanilla, caramel, and chocolate; some licorice; finishes vanilla and roasty and buttery; wonderful alcohol warmth. Awarding a perfect score for palate but Iím not sure itís completely appropriate; thick and chewy but somehow not quite full enough. This is an excellent beer; I donít think itís a "Perfect 5" as several others have rated it, but itís very good. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Poured a deep black with a light creamy caramel head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma consisted of a wonderful blend of malty goodness (some dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel were noted). Roasted malts dominated the flavor, and the beer coated the mouth well. Left the lips a little sticky :) Very thick malt backbone with little noticable hop presence (so much else going on). Finish carried through the dark chocolate and was complemented with some espresso. Wonderfully crafted, and I am excited that its 5 friends are lying in wait! allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2005
A fine Imperial Stout. Nice, dark tan head, very malty nose, and a wonderful, sweet, roasty flavor. The price was right as well, and it was nice to see a Russian Imperial in a six-pack rather than a four!