dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another Bear Republic breaker! This is great and by all means a fantastic brew in its own right... but what about up against other Imperials? Well, I’m not fit to make that comparison to full effect yet since the best I’ve had is Victory, so in relation to that I find the republic coffee flavour to be less involved but smoother, the chocolate notes are strong but could be darker, the malts are soft and delicious, and the drink brings a balance of fruits and nutty tastes making it a warmer, albeit simpler, brew overall. In effect, this is a fabulous hefty abv brew well worth your time. A good Imp Stout to add to your repetoire.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 This is a really really good stout by Bear. Very dark with lots of good flavor. Not too sweet as some imperials can get. If you can find this one, a definite must try
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin light brown head, dark brown body. Sweet biscuit, caramel, hops, fruity complex aroma (signature that makes me think of a barleywine). Light sweetness to begin with that gets more moderated and then short bitterness toward the end. Medium full body, sweet, soft to lively carbonation, big bubbles. Rich beer! Sampled at MartinT’s place with other RateBeerians for the "Montreal’s Voyager Par Les Papilles’ first tasting session".
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a dark dark brew with a creamy tan head.nose sweet roasted malts.molasses and a deep richness that is fantastic.Flavor isn’t as good as the aroma but you can taste the bitter hops and boy do you get a mouth full of rich roasted malts and sweetness.this is a good brew.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black color with not much of a head. Aroma of C hops, maybe Chinook, biscuity malt and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with C hops and alcohol, sweet finish, not very roasted for an imperial stout. Full body, liquorous texture, lively carbonation.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz brown bomber. This pours a nice opaque black color with and excellent tan light brown head. The head slowly fades away leaving a lacing about the glass. The aroma is very rich with a roasted coffee and dark chocolate scent that is mouthwatering. There is also the smell of a slight sweetness. Its starts off tasting of coffee and roasted malt with a touch hop for some balance. Then has a dry dark chocolate finish with a slight bitterness. There are also notes of dark fruits to be had in this brew, no traces of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, you couldn’t really ask for more. This is an excellent imperial stout that is highly drinkable and I would love to try on tap. I could defiantly drink more of these than I should with the high alcohol.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black as pitch with a volumous, subsiding, tan head. Soft carbonation and a medium, lasting mouthfeel. Aroma of malt, roast, and coffee. Smooth, robust flavor. A bit smokey. Alcohol is well hidden.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Tap at Blind Tiger.Black w. small tan head. roasted malts, some coffee, and more chocolate then i expected.,smooth and very good.
Update 1/6/04...had this in bottle since rating it from the tap,,palate was very thin..this took alot away from this beer for me..so for the bottle id knock the palate rating to a 2, and overall to a 15.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Dark brown/black color with a small tan head.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet initial malt flavor with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Finish is much drier than the first taste. Very enjoyable.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured a dark brown almost black color with a tan head which i found to have great retention. A mild roasted coffee aroma. A sweet taste withheavy bitter roasted notes of choclate and coffee. Could not taste caramel like the bottle suggested. Watery feel to it ruined part of the flavor.