Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 Boy this sucker pours thick and it sits in the glass like a fat man in the ass-groove of his favorite recliner. Black and opaque like a piece of obsidian ... this beer dominates the eyes. Tiny thin tan head which quickly dissapates and recedes into the beer. A multitude of scents and titilating spores assault the probascis: raisins, burnt toast, coffee, chocolate, buckstrap, and alcohol -- this stuff is dizzying. First sip, very sweet, perhaps slightly overbalanced in the malt direction ... but hang in there and the alcohol and hops creep up to act as a foil. This is one gorgeous beer. Certainly, worthy of the Czars for which it finds its name.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 Aroma is pure intrigue, with a host of characters. Dark brown sugar, heady flowers, semi-sweet chocolate, plummy fruitiness, caramel/toffee, espresso, faint whiskey, spices and then some. Held up to a bright light, you can find a dim, ruddy glow, but otherwise the blackness reigns. Head invariably settles into a slight, yet striking fractal pattern. Flavor plays across the tongue like a bombastic Russian symphony. Dark, roasted, syrupy, bittersweet chocolate maltiness, a touch of background saltiness, molasses and toffee, and faint yeasty esters subtly blended to play off one another. Languidly drawn out, lightly alcoholic and sweet finish. Aftertaste is malty and unusually savory. The 12% barely ripples the profile but is undoubtedly felt. Majestic, inscrutable, but ultimately joyous in nature.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 A bottomless circumfluent perfume lures...Chocolate wine, black grapes and coffee beans proudly endorse a man of subtle wit and quiet elegance...Hot burgundy flashes reflect off of his authoritative silky dark tunic...The stately monarch is never boastful though and his alcoholic leanings estrange his pugnacity...A bit less substance than show, yet satisfying for lovers of the style...
artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 I am already noticing a difference from the start of this release. I'll make sure to lay a few down for sometime. Im definitely gonna buy out my local store.
This is a big Imperial stout , with nice malty finish, and warm alchohol flavors
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color, smallish head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied Imperial Stout. Deeply roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee and vanilla. Although this is most definitely a stout, it has many qualities of a both a barley wine (oilyness and maltyness) and an Abbey ale (Vinous and brown sugary). Complex as anything. Well balanced. Very smooth taste. Hides the 12.2% alcohol very well. Very drinkable. Extremely dangerous beer. This beer will be outrageous with a couple of years of bottle aging. Amazing this young, but with some aging…. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly biter, some alcohol bite. Amazing beer. Thanks to hopsrus for this one.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 - Aroma of roasted hops. Bittersweet body with hints of chocolate. Finish leaves you wanting more. A truly interesting brew that hides 12% very well.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black but held to the light it reveals a blood red heart.Quickly fading tan head.Big roasted nose.First sip starts with a sweetness reminiscent of chocolate but backed up by slight notes of bitter coffee.Some black licorice comes through in the aftertaste which lingers due to the creaminess of the brew.The abv is nonexistant which makes this a very dangerous brew. Many THANKS to ecrvich for this one. I just hope it makes it to California.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 poured dark at first glance but when held to a light you could see right through its redness..the head was non-existent save a halo of froth...not the usual imperial aroma..more vinous, and barley-winish IMO..with hints of cream & alcohol..flavor was way more reminiscent of a barleywine than an imperial for some reason..i do not know why..however, that doesnt take away from its rating at all...the flavor was nutty, with molassis, brown sugar, sublte chocolate..some very slight licorice..or shall i say anise notes..theres some burnt sugar qualities too..But where the hell is the roastedness..the malts arent dark and roasty enough for this to be an imperial..its a barley-wine..am I wrong, I've had many of both, and this clearly is closer to a barley-wine than an imperial..but all in all..a good barley-wine..am i the only one getting this? whatever.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 2002 Bottle: I could tongue kiss Governor Bob Taft for making beers like this available in Ohio. Pours black as octopus ink with a slight ruby halo. Very thin beige head and thin lacing. Yummy aroma of coffee, chocolate, toffee and malt that gets even better throughout the glass. Flavor is an interesting concoction of coffee, chocolate, tart soy sauce, and alcohol. Perfect hops counterbalance in the finish. I don't even know how this bottle disappeared so fast but I want another.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sorry bockers, this one pushes me back where I belong, in the stoutie posse. Kloster Asam gave me some temporary insanity, but the Czar orders me home. A beautiful, healthy, and earthy looking glow of yule log coals in the darkness. Lively coffee in the nose to enjoy the next morning with whiffs of yeast and alcohol spiced fruit. Absolutely gorgeous in the mouth - elegant and sophisticated in its gentle richness. And then a kaleidoscopic dance of flavors, dervishing yet in restrained artistic control: toffee, coffee, figs and cheese - vanilla, vodka, another one please!