CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 2/1/04 2003 batch: Very similar to the 2002, with a light fruitty and roasted aroma. Body has a good thickness, and nice caramel sweetness throughout, but still has an alcoholic finish. This really needs some finesse to disguise the alcohol and add to the body and balance. Not a bad imperial by any means, but not world-class either.
4/2/03 2002 batch: Rich, dark brown almost black body with a lacing tan head. Body is semi-sweet with good complexity and a dry, warming alcoholic finish. A pretty good imperial stout, but it tastes like its balance could use some aging.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very short-lived head leads you quickly into a delicious black body. Flavors of toffee & chocolate abound. The nose is of roasted chocolate. This full bodied baby is pure pleasure to drink.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, malty hopiness to this beer. Alcohol present and warming, yet very pleasant and no where near 12.2% seemingly. Caramel, coffe, raisins present. Quite thick and a great beer to drink.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My new standard for Russian Imperials. No wonder the Bolsheviks were pissed. If the court got to drink this and all I got was Vodka, I'd revolt too. Poured a coal like black With a deep tan head. Aroma was redolent with malty roasted goodness, also coffee and a bit of sweetness like a candied fruit. Flavor was too stunning for words. Think of the most flavorful stout you have ever had and then double it. Continued to find flavors well into the aftertaste. 12.2% is nowhere to be found in the drinking of this fine ale. However, it is a bit noticable when rising from the bar stool.
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a nice thick brown/black with a little quickly dissipating head. Aroma of sherry and roasterd malt struck me. Flavor was very complex for a stout. Dry roasted malts, chocolate, port/sherry notes, and a little residual sweetness. A very good beer from a great micro.
pivo (2610) - GERMANY - MAR 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superaffenturbotittengeil! Very sweet, fruity nose (black cherry) with loads of alcohol. Near opaque black and a big creamy head. Very strong edgy coffee tastes with undertones of chocolate in the middle. Big burst of flavor initially, then a long, long tapering finish that changes character (coffee->choco ->licorice->spices/hops...). Almost brandy-like at times. I was shocked to see the 12% alcohol listed on the label - well hidden and balanced with the heavy malt body extremely well. Clean and not really complex. Very controlled. This is stout at its best for sure. Was absolutely fantastic with Yogi_Beera's double chocolate mousse she made for my birthday. Thanks Ernest for getting this to us!
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ern, you are my Czar - thanks for sending this wonderful brew! Nice chocolate and toffee nose, also very fruity. The darkest night color, little white, beige layer of a head, leaving brussels laces. Chocoloate taste, also very hoppy and licorice. Although it tastes spicey it is very smooth, silky. Thick and syrupy. The Alcohol stays nicely behind, but still this warms you - mmmmmhh - I dreamed of more the whole night.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy near black liquid with a small tan head. Swet malt aroma with undertones of bitter chocolate, toasted rye bread, light coffee and mild spice. Quite sweet and drinkable, alcohol very well hidden. A few maple flavors distract. Slightly oily in feel. Bitter black malt finish and strong hop oil presence to knock back the sweetness. An upper echelon brew, more like a strong baltic porter. Thanks Ern.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa! LIke motor oil! Indeed, it is very heavy and thick, and a very slow-sipping beer. The high alcohol makes this a great cold winter evening beer (even if it is a Wednesday). Strong heavy alcohol nose. Chocolate, espresso dominate the flavor. Very dark brown body with barely a head at all. A roasty, nutty finish. Nice.
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is very WWS-ish, but much less sweet. Pours a dark black, thick, with low carbonation. Smells like plums, brown sugar and dates. Initially, the flavor is spicy, then the sweetness, currants, toffee. Spice comes back again in the finish. This stuff coats the inside of the mouth. I can see the barely wine like character that some have said this exhibits. This is quite a unique imperial stout. I wish I could get this here. Thanks brewbandit!