atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2004
A 2003 bottle, I think a fresh bottle would have been better, especially from a hop standpoint. This pours a thick deep brown settling to a dark black with a small tan head. Has a strong sticky fruit and hop aroma with a dark roasted malt base. There is also some molasses. I’ts bitter, roasted, and sweet all at once. Complex flavor jumps from one sensation to another. Full bodied clean finish. XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
A great, dark pour with a tan head that lasts forever. Appearance is excellent, aroma is great - coffee and hops. Excellent taste. This is now my favorite Imperial Stout. jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 Pours the deepest ebony with a small dark head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and hops, in order of dominance. Incredible flavor of roasted malts and chocolate, hardly any alcohol. Very sticky in the mouth. Damn good.IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Had a new one; it’s almost a different beer. Rating goes from 4.5 to 4.3, and will continue to fall unless they pick it back up.
Poured black with a thin tan head that left a thin lacing. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Taste is of strong roasted coffee, hints of chocolate and a decent malt backbone. The finish is a lingering bitterness that isn’t as overwhelming as some other imperials. The alcohol is well hidden. It’s taking me a while, but I’m slowly warming up to this style. lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2004
Very dens black beer with small tan head. The intens aroma’s are overpowered by notes of super strong expresso coffee, roasted almonds, cocoa, tobacco, exotic wood and caramelized oranges. The taste is very dens and oily. You can notice hints of 100% pure black chocolate, marzipan, very strong coffee, heavy rasted malts and orangettes = (dried orangepeel coated in chocolate). In the afthertaste the nice hops brings some freshness in this very dens stout. Thanks EYEDRINKALE for this very good stout.
bluegoose (1) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2004 does not count
We are selling it as quick as it comes in ever since the first real cold spell hit. We always do well with this and the Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout when the weather turns cold. It’s a meal in a glass. At International Beverage we carry a pretty good suppy of them, all of the Victory Brewing, the Golden Monkey is about 10% alcohol by volume which explains its’ $9.99 a six pack price. (It’s a tripel). We also do well with the Old Rasputin Imperial Stout and all of the Samuel Smith’s, the Oatmeal, Imperial, Nut Brown and more recently a couple of english imports from the Ridgeway Brewery in Oxfordshire, a porter called Santa’s Butt and a stout called Lump of Coal, I’ve sold out of both and am hoping I can get more. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 1, 2004
Damn... Pours black with a creamy, bubbly tan head. Strong hop aroma with hints of chocolate. Taste is thick, creamy and bitter. Great mouthfeel. Coffee undertones with a strong hop aftertaste. Leaves a stickiness in the mouth similare to a double IPA. Super brew. I want more. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2004
The bottle I had was only 3 weeks old when I drank it. This was the first stout I can think of that smelled like hops out of the bottle. The color and head are more or less a stout standard, black and tan..the head feathered down and stayed lightly on top throughout the beer. Flavor is outstanding, a mix of the coffee and chocolates with some minor hints of spices. A very complex and full taste, and you can actually feel the thickness as you drink. Just a tad bitter on the tail end, but this is an utterly outstanding stout. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 Jan. 20, 2004 bottle. This smells awesome. Not quite as good as Expedition, but then again, what does. Looks exactly like Old Rasputin, which is a pretty good thing, thin foam head ring. Smells initially of hops, followed by chocolate, berries and coffee, finishing with some pine. Taste is heavily coffee with some chocolate. Actually a lot less hops than I expected. Is a touch thicker on the tongue than Old Rasputin. Hops come through in the middle and finish, though in between, it’s roasted coffee beans. What I like about this, as compared to Stone or WWS is that it is drinkable. It is craft brewed. It is artfully done, with skill. The goals for this beer were different from WWS or Stone. A damn good beer.
(12/23/4) Dec. 2004 bottle-Having recently tried the January 2004 bottling and now this, it is amazing what 10 mths can do for this beer. Instead of tasting bitter, as the fresher bottling does, the January bottle tastes hoppy, but not bitter. Instead, the aromatics and flowery tastes come out of the hops. I can’t wait to have more of this in time! meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
12 oz bottle with a date of Jan 2003. Pours a used motor oil black with a large tan head. The head fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass as it goes. This one smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate with a hint of citrus hops thrown in. The taste starts with the chocolate and coffee flavors before the balancing bitter hops come in to even things out. No sign of the 10% in the nose or the taste of this beer. This has a good mouthfeel being creamy and smooth with decent carbonation. The drinkability on this one is amazing, I could drink this all day if it was 10%. Definitely one of the best imperial stouts available.