Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very deep mahogany color, nice tannish head, pretty lacing. Coffee, raisins and sweet malts in the nose. Very smokey flavor, almost dominating the bit of coffee and chocolate that are there. Surprising stout. The smoke flavors caught me off guard, but it wasn't too bad.
jaymobrown (1647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hunks-a-hunks of yeast, malt and alcohol. Huge roasted plum. A really big beer. Not the best of ImpStouts, but has amazing potential.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolatey, chewy, superior roastiness, vinous. Alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering. A bit thinner than Expedition, but very similar in malt flavors. More fruits here, though, and some apparent spiciness that plays very well with the firey alcohol. This young version is among the top of the Imperial crowd, I expect a bit of aging will bring it up to par with my top 3 faves.
madsberg (10136) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Very dark black/brown burgundy coloured. Almost no head. Caramel, vinous, coffee, light roastyness makes up a grand aroma. Coffee, caramel, roastyness and alcahol in the flavour. Fullbodied and surprisingly light for a beer that potent. Has a nice alcahol bitterness in the end. Thanks Raindog for this wonderful beer.
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark color with a burgundy red edge. Hardly any head. Fruity, floral aroma. Layers of different flavors, from the toffee- like sweetness to the spicy bite of the hops. Warming finsh from the high abv. 2002 vintage.(ccl)
JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) Very dark brown, not black; extremely slim dark head. Grapey nose, sweet chocolate, raisins. Sweet, little roast malt, except for immediately on tasting. I find it a bit thin for an Imperial Stout, very little aftertaste. Nose is great, beer is nice, but one would be excused for demanding more from an Imperial.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a dark brown to black body with red accents topped by a thin tan fizzy soda-like head with little lacing. Slightly sweet chocolaty malt aroma with notes of licorice and a slight roasty character. Slightly sweet malt flavor with strong notes of licorice and a slight touch of mocha and alcohol. Full bodied, smooth yet tingly on the tongue and warming.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark amber coloured, no head. Strong sweet molasses aroma and taste. The alcohol is way too obvious. I do not find this a well balanced beer.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with ruby hints. Really nice chocolatey, winey aroma. Big thick body, big malts,some chocolate, maybe too sirupy and thick though.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
98% opaque body with a very small toasted-brown head. I poured the beer extra hard and still only got a 2 cm rise out of it. Smell isn’t very strong for an IS. There’s obvious sweet hop notes, and some grape. Taste is strong and sweet, starting with molasses, grape, then turning bitter and burnt. This is perhaps the easiest drinking IS I’ve ever had but it is not complex. I was hoping for a lot more, and it is not in the same class with the North Coast, Victory, Stone, DFH or Arcadia IS's. Still, this is not a bad beer and is deserving of a try. Especially for those who are unfamiliar with the style. Also, let the drinker beware, you wont taste much alcohol but you will certainly feel it once you've downed the Bomber. My good friend Jeremy brought this 22oz bottle (2002 Vintage) to me from his recent trip to Denver, CO.