beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid thickly mruky black color with very thin slivers of chestnut around the bottom and edges. Very loose and largely bubbled head of tannish hue swims on the surfuce creating a dishwater froth of bubbliness. Lace in sparaticly placed thin stings. Aroma is very average if that, a barely there clean coffee, chocolate roastyness hovers some across the nose but nothing stands out to my sniffing senses, some slight notes of very dark sweet fruityness float in as it warms up. Taste has some more to offer with a resounding warmth wrapped in subdued roasty black maltyness lending little grabs of coffee and dark chocolate. Some welcoming notes of dark fruityness subside next to a bit of hops lending some prune, plum, and molasses. A bit mild, but quite smooth with a good chocolate character with some darker qualities that are nice. Feel is a bit on the thinner side in its body for an Imperial but its quite creamy and some finer warmth lines the palate as well as the back of the throat with a little chocolatey alcoholic bite of mild acidicness. That said, with the thinner body and overall mildness and creamyness, this stuff goes down quite easy. I had this along side with an Old Rasputin and Expedition to compare and it didn't even come close to either so hence its lower numbers. Always good to try a side by side to see where you're at with a certain style when you can. I still wouldn't turn this down if offered, it just could be better IMO.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Exremely dark, Not as dark as Dark Lord Imperial Stout. Little to no head. Aroma of leather and alcohol. When you taste this you eyes will roll back in your head it is so good. Definate toffe and chocolate flavor. Very sweet with a tangy, bitter finnish. Yum, Yum, Yum.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 One of the best Imperials ever. HUGE alcohol flavor, that can barely be concealed by chocolate flavors. A truley massive beer that had to be shared.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black, dark brown with a tiny fizzy tan head. Aroma is lorcorice, medicine, hops with a molases backbone. Flavors are molasses, slight maple syrup sweetness with a licorice and alcohol base. Palate is heavy, sticky, and kind of oily. Medicinal hop bitter and alcohol warmth on the finish. I get a bit more of a barley wine feel out of this than a Imperial Stout.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 release, Sampled January 2004
Pours with a thick brown creamy head, a deep black beer with amber highlights rest under the head. Serious aromas of alcohol emanate from the glass. There are aromas of black malt, roasted character, and coffee (though fairly subtle for an Imperial Stout). The body is, as expected, thick and creamy. Wow this is strikingly different. It is intensly sweet, even for an Imperial Stout. The roast character is here but pretty subdued. The sweetness dominates the flavor profile. This beer needs some age to smooth it out. The alcohol is evident in the finish. If I had to rate this as is I would give it a 3.4, based on potential though I would give it a 3.9 after it has aged a few years and smoothed out.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 I believe I have a new winner of the “most disappointing beer ever” award. Had been looking forward to this one. Have looked forward to better things. Dark. Smell has absolutely no roast character, pretty much smells like molasses. Not only smells like molasses, pretty much tastes just like watered-down molasses with maybe a bit of raisins. End is dry with noticeable hops. No roast at all, which would seem to make the label of “stout” dicey at best. Eeew. I guess I now understand why the Czar and his family were shot. I'm with the Russians on that one.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2003 Vintage - Thanks to The_Beer_God for this one. Dark black (but not real thick) body. Minimal bubbly tan head. Aroma lacks the typical roasted character associated with this style. Instead it is sweet with lots of alcohol. The flavor is much the same with only hints of roasted malt and lots of alcohol. The body is thinned out by the alcohol. Overall it is OK but not nearly what I had expected given all of the hype.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Black with a small beige head. Coffee, licorice, pepper and dark chocolate in aroma. Taste of roasted coffee, dried plums, dark chocolate and herbs. Bitter finish with notes of salt, licorice, herbs and black coffee. The only complaint is that the body is a bit thin, despite the high gravity! Thanks ciderguy!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with hints of brown in the body. Foamy brown head. Some caramel and perhaps licorice to the nose. Creamy palate with notes of toffee and chocolate. Very much anticipated this beer and have some cellared for future, hopefully more, enjoyment.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in 2003, pours reddish-brown that turns black in the glass, has a creamy brown head that leaves some lacing. Sweet roasted chocolate, coffee and fruity aromas, sweet fruity plum-chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice burnt bitter-sweet well hopped finish. Medium body with creamy and smooth mouthfeel, not as thick as I expected, still very tasty.