Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2005
GABF 2005. The first beer at the festival. My notes were very similar to Aubrey’s. It had a really nice aroma, which is hard considering those little glasses and one ounce pours. The mouthfeel was tremendous and chewy. It was not destroyed by excessive hops, but nicely balanced. It was very vinous and intensely fruity, with raisin, charred plum, chocolate and roast flavors. Went back for seconds three or four times. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
One of the best beers I came across at the 2005 GABF ... kept going back for more. Intensely flavored and tremendously complex. Notes of sugared raisins, dark roasted malts, prunes, dried apricots, dark chocolate, fresh-brewed coffee, syrupy caramel and vanilla, to name a few. Dark fruits reached a new level in this beer. Mouthfeel was absolutely stellar -- silky, rich and chewy. Perfect amount of noticeable alcohol in the background (high ABV hidden well). Based on the sweetness, the bitterness level couldn’t have been better. Incredible beer! Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Good amount of smoke and toasted marshmallows. Not sweet or sticky at all. Notes of raisin, toasted marshmallow, alcohol, figs, cream, some coffee, and some milk chocolate. Very well done. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
GABF 2005. Black body with rusty highlights and a creamy tan head with good duration. Nice aroma of toffee, rich chocolate, mocha, and plums. Great range and balance. Flavor is like a high quality liqueur with mild dark fruit and coffee and acidity, medium bitterness, and a pleasing, long finish and aftertaste. Excellent imperial stout. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is black with thin tan head...smell is roasty coffee and sweet toffee...flavor is nice and with tons of caramel, toffee, lots of character here...alcoholic toward the finish...
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Poured and sampled at GABF. Black pour with a foamy brown head. Nice burnt malt aroma with caramel sweet hints. Deep flavor. Burnt malts, caramel, chocolate, alcohol (a bit strong actually) perhaps cherry, lovely. Body was creamy and full. Delicious. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Black body. Bourbon, boozy aroma over chocolate malt. The flavor improves with teh booze going away and being replaced by sweet bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish along with sweet malt and coffee bitteness. Ernest (7698) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is heavily malty (chocolate, caramel, coffee), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This was the easy stout winner for me at GABF, and I must have gotten 6 pours before all was said and done. Beautiful strong malty nose, luxurious mouthfeel like liquid velvet, very rich and sweet but with a finishing balance that never fatigued. Really want to try this again someday in larger quantities...guess I should go visit my brother in Salem and drive up there. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2005
(GABF05) Jet black body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, some cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, some roast, cherry. Full body, smooth, some alcohol, but not as much as the ABV suggests. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
10/1/04. On draft at GABF ’04 in Denver, CO 10/1/04. Extremely dark coffee brown, almost black, with a dark tan head. Nearly perfect appearance on an imperial stout-- even the head is dark as hell-- but it could be a bit more opaque. Lovely rich aroma with a nice balance of sweetly decadent dark chocolate notes and dark roasty toasty coffee. Could be a little bit stronger, but it’s damn good anyway. Mostly dark chocolate and some good roast on the flavor, but I could use a little more punch. It’s not the alcohol punch I want-- I love that this stuff is masked very, very well; it’s the punch of incredible unfolding richness that this beer sort of lacks. It’s nicely complex with some molasses, dark chocolate-covered cherries (without any cherry fruitiness) and the aforementioned chocolate and roasted malts. Very lovely mouthfeel with fluffy carbonation and a full body. It also has nice balance and tremendous drinkability for what it is, but it could use a little more ass-kickness.