jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin broken tan head. Aroma is of molasses, soy sauce, chocolate, and burnt brown sugar. Flavor is of molasses ,chocolate, rock candy, a bit of licorice, and a noticable hoppiness once you stop focusing on the huge sweet flavors. The alcohol is very well hidden, not appearing until the beer is at room tempature. Body is full, but the palate would be improve with a slight bit more carbonation to make it creamer but that is just personal preferance. The palate comes close to being syrupy but doesnít cross the offensive line making it very drinkable considering the gravity. The flavor develops more then most beers between tempature changes so I suggest taking your time with this beer to see all of its stages.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours into snifter very black with a little head. smells hoppy and different from another other imperial ive had before. citrus smelling flavor too. a very nice smelling as well as distinct imp stout. taste is hoppy as hell. hints of coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel. great lingering coffee flavored aftertaste. like the cap says, this IS a big beer- a very strong effort from avery, and im glad i have another bottle of this to stow away for a year or two. beer seems to be a little too young. very good nonetheless.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: vastly black, thorough and complete in itís darkness and opacity, with a fine, toasted tan coating of froth atop.
Nose sticks out from afar, and is rather distinct from other ISís, in itís creaminess, like Baileyís and ice cream with an extra dollup of whiskey, and a hint of rum. Quite appealing, maple and mollasass and more.
In the taste, all that and then some, but basically, sweet, dark, sticky, and strong. Commandeers the palate, conquers and coats...rich is an understatement, warm is a redundancy, for itís all those things times a thousand, with the alcohol riding high in the saddle as the flavors thicken and coalesce into a wondrous mix, twisted, thick, delicious!
Licorice flavors peek in, too, mingling with dark rum, and meeting up with charcoal and smoke as well, rising handily from glass into mouth.
Full bodied? Duh! Rich texture? Uh, huh! Long, luxuriant, rewarding finish? ...um, ya THINK???
This was a great Imperial Stout, though it didnít upseat any of my previous favorites, it ably made a case as a stand-in, and thatís pretty damned good!
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a very dark brown with a good frothy tan head. Strong apple and citrus smell with a slight malt undertone. Very strong and potent flavor... mainly toffee and fruit with a solid malt follow up and a chocolaty/coffee finish. Very nice indeed. This was the last of the brews MarkR sent me and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for each and every one of them.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This imperial has alot going on. Pours deep/dark brown. With creamy tan head. Complex flavors. Robust, but a tad bit watery. Flavors of bitter chocolate, toffee, cherries, dark fruit and licorice. This can only improve with age. I will be waiting.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice roasty beer. Black in color Nice tan head. The taster I had was good. Maibockaddicts taster was appley.
Flavor is thin.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 Bottle of 2003 purchased (as to not reduce my inventory) on 10/4/04: Awesome nutty chocolate/alcohol aroma. Smooth malty nutty flavor, with the alcohol showing itself rather nicely to bring out the flavors. Dry roasted finish. This has aged extremely well, and now I can look forward to my remaining three bottles with glorious anticipation!
2003 bottle. This one will have to earn my respect. Fortunately I have 3 more bottles in storage for long term aging, which is definitely needed here, and I am talking 2-5 years from now...Anyway, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of green apples dominates the nose. Flavor is a little thin and hot, but roasty and again apples. I do believe that this will be better, but right now I am not liking this much.... 4-5-4-3-8
marykobes (5) - USA - MAY 9, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Needs to age. Nice tan head. Lots of alcohol notes to it. Good beer. Dark black in color. malty and roasty. Very dry. Full bodied beer.
VAYankee (336) - Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black body with a smaller brown head. Nice roasted malt aroma accompanied by a light fruitiness, modest coffee, and ample alcohol. Tastes of licorice, strong element of alcohol, and strong yet short lived sweetness. Aftertaste is dry, alcoholic, and includes currant and mild roasted malt. This was not as good as I had hoped.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with a nice tan head and little lace. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and malasses. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, candy sugar, bitter in the finish, and well hidden alcohol. The palate is rich and slipery. Overall, a real nice Imperial Stout.