Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Deep dark brown, large lasting tan head. Powerfully malty nose, not exaggerating on the roastiness, but picking on subtler smoky and fruity (plum, date – actually not subtly fruity at all for an impy ) domains instead. The chocolate heaviness, hinting at cacao and coffee loses the flavour dominance game only to the sweet mapleish molasses aura. Nuances its discourse with suggestions of charcoal, cigar and campfire to become a winner. Very full bodied, creamy texture, smooth carbonation, dry palate. Alcohol remains totally under control while the master tells his speech and the roastiness feels like a grilled dessert, procuring a gentle bitterness that is surprisingly soft for west coast, avoiding the traps of astringency. I’m surprised this is not rated higher, the few samples I had I rank up there with my favourite imperials.. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2006
[Tap – Fathers Day Brewery Tour 06]
This is a huge over the top Imperial Stout. The dark black color with the strong coffee, toffee and malt aromas where excellent. Loved this beer. Like to have more like it and hope to get it often. The alcohol makes you rethink driving home. Great Imperial Stout!!!
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Black black color with almost black head and black lacing. The aroma has some alcohol & roasted notes along with soy sauce, maple syrup & molasses. The flavor is really nice, so much complexity; grapes, honey, fig, coffee, whiskey, toast. Finishes smooth, no detectable alcohol taste in the finish and it causes my mouth to water for more. This is a damn fine Imperial Stout, definately up to the task of rivaling the Dark Lord. Just to note, I got a glass that was mostly Jaywalker plus a dash of the Black Cherry Stout and it made one of the best damn beers I've ever tasted. The drive here alone along 14 was worth the trip but this just topped all my expectations. If you can make it here, DO IT! IndianaRed (5127) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2007
On Tap at the Brewpub. Pitch black and viscous. Modest tan head and coarse sheeting lacing. Dark roasted malts in the aroma along with sweet pitted fruit and purple grapes. Thick oily palate and modest carvonation propels the malty sweetness over the toungue. Sweet daek roast flavors with remaekably little balancing bitterness. This its only drawback, minor as it may be. Finish is quick and soft. Only a slight bitter trailer.
Glad to have finally had this one. Lives up to the hype.
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2010
GABF 2010. Finally got a chance to try this beer after wanting it for about 8 years. Pours a nice big oily pitch black with some thin head- lasting. Aroma is oily, licorice, light smoke, big roast, big black dark chocolate, bittersweet, medium fruitiness- plum, raisin, dates. Flavor is coffee, roast, chocolate, fruits, almost get a woody oaky bourbon character, although not sure if this is BA? Inky plum, viscous body, vanilla, chocolate, some sweet molasses with a bitter finish and alcohol heat. GOod!
jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Out of a growler at the ’06 RBSG. Very dark beer with a foamy brown head. Sweet dark malt nose. Very rich, smooth beer with burnt caramel, coffee, chocolate and dried fruit sweetness. Excellent sipping beer. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Roasted malts, soy and chocolate in the thick and sugary aroma. Opaque black body is topped with a low, dense, fine bubbled, tan head that lasts well and coats the glass with lacing. Strong hoppy and fruity flavour. Excellent malts are very dry and roasty. Medium full but dry body with strong carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
GABF 2006: Deep black color with a nice tan head. Big roasted aroma with notes of black licorice. The flavor was sweet and roasty with some nice chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied with warmth in the chest. Alcohol is hidden well as far as the taste goes. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Tap @ Walking Man... Poured black with a brown head. Strong, roasted malt and chalky characters on the nose. Really thick palate that had a nice sting to it. Chocolate syrup flavors with thick, robust, roasted malt, rice-like grains and coffee liquor towards the finish. Fairly light feel for 12.7%. jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Growler from Indiana_Red: Pours a dark brown, near black with a large tanned head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and hints of the high ABV. Tastes off dark fruits, toasted malt, coffee, and light bittersweet cocoa. Nice lingering and warming finish.