arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Re-Rate. GABF 2007. Slowly rising brown head with wonderfully slow and deep full sub-surface "racing." Smell: cabernet, diacytl a little bit, strawberries. Full and slick in the mouth, but the flavors seem kind of flat: chocolate is not rich and expansive, the toffee is just kind of there. Not bad, but not impressive. I’ve adjusted the score downward from the previous rating. 7/5/7/4/15 = 3.8
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Original Rating. GABF 2004; tasted then, rating from notes taken then. Great imperial stout. Buttery malts on the smell, deep but also sweet. Same carries over into the taste, caramel in there with the somewhat roasty chocolate. Awesome hops kick in the finish (not roasty, but almost tangy and definitely bitter), but turns a bit thin there too; otherwise, full body and feel. Very nice. 8/5/9/4/17 = 4.3
Aroma: chocolate, smoke, cherries, some cream, burnt malts
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: chocolate, cream, sweet cherries/strawberries, smokiness, roasted malts
Palate: smooth but almost too carbonated, smokey cream chocolate finish
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. Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Clear but dark brown verging on black with some red traces around the rim, nice light tan foam; Aroma of hay and chocolate covered cherries. Slightly tart but smooth and malty, with subdued roastiness and cofee flavors, predominantly rich and malty with just the right amount of dark malt acidity....very effin' good. SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2007
From a growler: Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Aromas of chocolate and malt with lots of bourbon like spice. Flavor is malty and roasty, all the usual chocolate and coffee notes, creamy, slight bitterness, spicy hpps or bourbon i dont know. Oaky vanilla flavors. Rich and fullof flavor but not over the top.
fcjack1 (276) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
On tap at the Red Hot. Black, thin tan head. Scent is dark chocolate. Taste is pretty hoppy. A little cherry. Tasty beer. imrichbeeeatch (16) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Must be a new batch because the chalk board at the pub said 12.7% ABV.
Huge creamy, espresso-like head on top of a opaque black beer. I thought it was a little cold, and might have hindered the aroma, however, it was still nice. Sweet malt, huge roast, alcohol, slightly smokey, righ coco, and a slight hint of dark fruit (plums or dark cherries). First sip is slightly alcoholic, then quickly turns sweet and malty. Rich roast character of coffee and chocolate. I thought it could use more of this character, but as it warmed it came out a little more. Also, as it warmed, the alcohol seemed to go away. The body was perfect. I’ve had a few Imp. Stouts and they almost always feel too heavy, like syrup. This was perfect, present but respectable.
Beautiful beer, but if it is new (which I think it is) it needs a little age. Will be back to taste this next time they put it on. bluefish42 (2) - - MAR 18, 2014 does not count
The first beer I?m rating on here. Not an expert on beer terminology yet but this was just fantastic in every way. Definitely a sipper; took me some time. Then I had to enjoy another. Good luck finding this treasure. For me it was at Roscoe’s in Portland about a week or two ago. Keep thinking about it.