axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Pitch black...not a bit of light getting through here. Strong scents of hazelnut and molasses. Sweet molasses taste with a very warming alcohol bite. Reminds me a bit of a chocolate covered cherry. Just a little strong tasting.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown color with a light brown head. Fairly strong alcohol aroma, with roasted malt, hops and raisin. Sweet and roasty flavors, including malt, raisin, rum, and hops. Nice full flavor and feel, lightly tingly, with a somewhat dry finish. Very enjoyable!
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown with some ruby highlights when when held to the light with a small brown head. Aroma is fairly alcoholic, with malt and raisin notes. Medium bodied and slightly oily, but probably on the thin side for an imperial. Taste is a nice blend of roasted malt, toffee, raisins, and slight hints of licorice with a touch of hop bitterness. A very nice imperial, but not an exceptional one.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a deep brown head. Nose of black Patent with some Chocolate/coffee/madeira flavors thatround off with a finish of Sherry and hops. The initial taste is very alcoholic. Not a very good job of hiding that. Burnt toast and chocolate follow with a hint of sherry but no dried fruits top speak of. I really miss tasting an Imperial stout and being bombarded with Rum raisin flavors. A good imperial but not great.
Frank (3846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, dark garnet. No head. Nose is heavily vinous with a touch of alcohol. Intense coffee-like bitterness with a bit of roasty astringency. Thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Well made, but I find the roasted character a bit strong for my liking.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2003: Little to no head and a dark brown body. Seem lightly colored for an I.S. Solventy higher alcohol aromas, caramel, hints of roast and a light plasticky phenolic. Some raisiny aromas, but very light. Overall aromas are very thin, except the alcohol. Light roast, raisin and caramel; alcohol present in the flavor, again, all very thin. Very well balanced w/ some hop flavor in the aftertaste. Alcohol is "hot" and the body is thin for an I.S. (medium), low on carbonation. Overall very disappointing IMHO. I remember the 2002 having more character, specifically roast, chocolate, and bitterness, but this one is thin all around. I also picked up the plastic phenolic in the aroma and hints in the flavor, so maybe they had some sanitation issues with this one. I'll re rate if I get a better bottle.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this. Ok, very dark. Duh. Small head, nice roasty-sweet, hops aroma. Dark cocoa, toffee/mollasses with some spice character, finishing with some bitterness. Complex, but not blending together as as some others of this style; Old Rasptin and DFH WWS to name a couple. Good, but just not as palatable as I hoped.
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.