Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a dark, roasty brown, with red highlights. Fast fading tan head slid back to a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Aromas are of molasses & hops, right away. They must use a lot of blackstrap molasses in this brew, because the aroma is mostly of that. Slight maltiness in the background. Tastes of molasses (surprize!) and slight roasted malts. Hops don't hit you until you swallow. Sweet taste of caramel also present. Finishes somewhat sweet, but not cloying. Would go great with Godiva chocolate truffles.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy fruity strawberry,Mild coffee aroma.Dark black brown appearance.Hoppy coffee flavor with some fruity peach flavor.As it warms caramel,chocolate,cherry, and strawbery flavors emerge.This stout has a very wide spectrum of flavors.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Black with burgundy highlights and a tan, frothy head with nice and thick lace left behind. Nose was wafting aromatics: chocolate, coffee, alcohol and vanilla. Mouthfeel was nice, but lightish at times. Wonderful malt flavors: roasty, toasty, smoky, rich, burnt, coffee-ish and chocolaty. Healthy hop bitterness rounded things out. Lactic sweetness. Vanilla aromas exuded. Overall, a really good stout ... which improved quite a bit as it warmed.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark black, delicious roasty flavors that you would expect: chocolate, coffee, etc. The flavors run through your mouth like a big smoky black bear running through the deep forest in search of its next meal.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a pitch black, with a large dark tan head that is a bit rocky, mostly lasting, and laces in sheets. Aroma is enormous, with a lot of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and a generous dose of hops. Flavor is equally large - tons of chocolate, middle becomes more coffee like, and ends with a very big and tasty hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, amazingly flavorful and complex - definitely one that needs to be consumed above fridge temp. I'm going to have to do a side-by-side with some Storm King since they are both amazing brews.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark, dark brown - almost black - with a small medium brown head. This is a nice stout, not quite as rich as some other Imperials, but nicely balanced and well done. Aroma is full and rich with lots of dark roasted malts - mocha, cherries and grassy hops. Flavor is nice, sweet with molasses, prunes and figs, coffee and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is round and smooth.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A chestnut-brown, smooth Imperial that may be more reminiscent of a Sweet Stout. Thick, creamy tan head. Roasted malts and toast in the nose, followed by strong caramel, toast, sweet fruitiness and a slightly tangy aftertaste. Body is smooth and relatively thin for the style, although this complemented the flavors present here. A unique example. Reminds me a bit of Stoudt's Fat Dog, except Bear Republic is better developed.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin rim of head, clear medium blackish-brown. Fruity malty molassas aroma. Saliva-inducing, slightly smoky malt flavor. Alcohol well hidden, as the commercial description implies. Perfectly sweet, rather than dry. Tasty.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a black body topped by a medium thick to thick tan head with good lacing on the glass. Slightly bitter malt aroma with a nice roasty character, a touch of anise and a faint sweetness. Bitter, roasty malt flavor with notes of anise and a slight sweetness. The finish is bitter and roasty. full bodied, creamy and smooth with a slight tingle on the tongue.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost black. Nice chocolate-brown colored head that dissipates slightly but sticks around for the long haul. Burnt coffee flavors with surprising hop finish. Very good Imperial Stout but lacks the wonderful thick body of the top tier Imperial Stouts.