kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 22 oz bottle via footbalm(thanks eric!). 2006 bottle. Pours syrupy thick black with a large tan head. Aroma has notes of licorice, anise, chocolate and fruity esters. Tastes like it smells. Starts sweet and ends sweet with some bittersweet roasted chocolate/mocha in the finish. I even detect some hops underneath the roastiness. After the first couple drinks and even the first glass shared with a friend... i was dissappointed and thought it was too sweet and cloying, but after a few sips of the 2nd glass....it is actually quite near perfectly balanced. The roastiness complements the sweetness perfectly. The alcohol is there, but i would not have guessed 13%..... CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
WOW!!! The best imperial stout...period. 2006 offering that I had the pleasure of getting one bottle. Huge coffee and piney aroma. First sip was cautious with the 13% alcohol, but pleasantly surprised at very little burn. Very thick. Flavor of coffee and roasted hops lays gently on the tongue waiting for the next sip. Mellows as it warms at mid glass becoming sweet. If you are able to be lucky enough to have one, enjoy the best an imperial can be aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Overly roasted earthy and vegetative with big tobacco overtones. Astringent malt character with far too much residual sugar for me. The mouthfeel is dominated by the alcohol which is also perceptible on the nose. An overly sweet molasses ridden mess of a beer. gnoff (10410) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
(650 ml bottle) Pitch black like the heart of George W. Bush. Redish brown bubbly head. Smokey burnt vinous salty sweet scent, also alcohol. Huge smooth mouthfeel. Burnt and raissin, thick sweet taste. The flavor is less complex than the smell. Sticky thick after mouthfeel. Burnt aftertaste. Low to medium bitterness. It’s big in most aspects, but in this bigger isn’t better. I wouldn’t rank it that high among the worlds best beers. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle 2006 53F Snifter. Huge aroma tons of piney hops, and dark rich malts, lots of chocolate and sweet molasses. Pours very dark black and very opaque, with a decent head that slowly appears, the lacing is very nice and the head fades moderately. Big taste, tons of coffee, good sweetness but not overwhelming, plenty of warm melted chocolate, and only a light notes of bitter hops, mostly dominated by malts. Pretty damn good. Nicely balanced with bitter malts, sweet malts and balancing hops, that keep the finish crisp. While not a quaffer it is still quite easily drinkable. A good full mouthfeel, with plenty of carbonation, very well done and nicely balanced maybe a touch more carbonation and it would be perfect. My favorite Impy stout to date.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2006
From a bottled cellared for a few years. Poors a beautiful dark brown with mounatins of thick tan foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, anise and something kind of sweet, maybe raisins. Mouthfeel on the first sip (still decent head) like a good milkshake. Tastes of baking chocolate, coffee, and a nice batch of hoppy bitterness. Absolutely delicious. Wish I had this first when I came back from China. It would have made up for the four years of Chinese lager. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle, with ClarkVV and Sully. Very glad i got the opportunity to try this one. This was very good i thought, but given its already high rating, slightly fell short of my expectations. But, as i say, this is very nice stuff. Black, with brown edges, looks menacing. Aroma is intenese mocha, licorice, chocolate, and lots of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very intense, quite think, with lots of tarry bitterness and sweet chocolate, and as with other 3F’s beers, hoppy aswell, particularly towards the end. But the thing burnt/tarry roastyness is the star of the show, nice round mouthfeel aswell.. Tasty stuff. hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2006
2006 Bottle. Had this one last month in celebration of our (thedm and I) 2nd wedding anniversary. small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished with poor lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Nose was sweet, cherries, port, alcohol, burnt, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, some licorice, and very nice indeed. Flavor was vinuous, burnt, coffee, chocolate, thick like motor oil, vanilla, and some hops. Mouthfeel was very, very smooth. Medium-full body. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Saved this one for rating #100. I am very excited to be able to try this beer. Bottle - 2006. Pours a very thick dark black color. As black as used motor oil. Absolutely no light is going through this. On top is a very nice tan head. Definitely pours like a masterpiece beer. Aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, licorice, and spices. A wonderful aroma. Flavor is very complex, I can taste many different flavors off the first sip. Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, hops, coffee, and raisins are primarilly hitting my tastebuds. This beer is incredibly smooth especially with the igh alcohol content. The alcohol is masked incredibly well. This beer is simply remarkable! marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
From trade with 1FastSTi. This black ale poured with a modest brown head, eliciting a very malty aroma. This ale is almost thick enough to eat with a spoon. The flavor is intense and complex, with notes of treacle, currants, chocolate, licorice, coffee and god knows what else. I really enjoyed this one - Thanks Blake.