Suttree (5212) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 #500! WooHoo! Blackish red, thin tan head that disappears quickly. Ripe fruit (plums?) and alcohol aroma. First sip is an avalanche of flavors - Smoke, red wine and port, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, tobacco, prunes and rasins, salt, toffee, grape, the list goes on. This was a beer woth comtemplating and sipping with friends and certain worthy of its high rating. Even young, as this bottle was, it is amazingly complex. Amazing beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 22oz. Bomber bottled in 2002.One of the sweetest Imperials I've had yet. I can actually see through this one which is surprising. Sweet coffee aroma like a Cuban espresso with a hint of mocha and caramel. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good alcohol kick that warms. Very sweet and syrupy with a slight bitterness at the end. Flavor is like Kahlua and sweet molasses. A very nice Imperial and extremely drinkable which can be dangerous. Re-Rate 2/13/04 Huge licorice aroma after this bottle aged nearly a year. Flavor is super sweet with molasses and coffee. Body is smooth and full. Most notable difference was the licorice coming through really strong in this bottle.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black color with nice head up front and light lacing. Aroma is sweet [right now] with raisin, hops and coffee shining through. Flavor is very rich with smoky chocolate and sweet fig. Finishes sweet & bitter, very refined. This would age well, but it's still very fresh right now.
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 (1684) - 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 (1906) - 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 (10396) - 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 (1520) - 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 (8007) - 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.