SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2004
jan 2004 bottle.
fruity aroma of apple with hints of cherry. this beer is dark with a neat light brown dissipating head that leaves behind decent lace. the palate is creamy and smooth with the light carbonation dancing across my tongue. the taste is fruity, sweet, apple again, giving way to bitter dark chocolate then there is this coffee present in the finish that is quite prominent and rounds out the beer excellently. wow, this was just spectacular. no alcohol present, but there was a slight warming sensation which was quite nice. if you havent had this, go out and get some. GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2004
WOW! Almost no need to comment further. From the first pour I knew this was going to be a special beer. Rich brown color with a stiff dusky tan head and gorgeous lacing. Intense aroma of roasted fruit, brown sugar and coffee. The flavor was easily as intense as the aroma and certainy didn’t disappoint. Wonderful hops, light smoke and mild sweetness all exploded out. Really a hard flavor canvas to pinpoint other than to say it is easily one of the best beers I’ve had regardless of variety. 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 (839) - 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.