Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears like used motor oil. Sweet, roasty nose. Big tan head. Very dry, licorice, coffee, nutty, brown bread. Lacking the big dark fruit that arises from other Imperials, Big Bear is dry and damn good at what it does. Moderately high alcohol is masked very well here. Medium to full body, finishing dry and bitter with Cascades shining through. A very drinkable, excellent and somewhat out of the ordinary Dry Imperial. Very nicely done.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GORGEOUS!! Dark black color with an amazing thick frothy, Guinness like head. Lots of lace. Rich roasted malt aroma. Starts sweet and malty with tones of chocolate. Middle is more roasted and coffee with tones of sweet toffee, finish lighlty bitter and hoppy with hints of cherry. Smooth silky mouthfeel, slightly creamy, with a mild alcohol presence.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque black color with a small whitish/caramel head. Deep, rich, roasted malt flavor. Some sweetness for sure and creamy on the tongue. Nice hop presence at the finish. A top-notch beer from one of my favorite brewers.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark and yummy looking. Small tan head that diminshes quickly. Lacing is nice. Aroma is very much that of coffee and caramel sweetness. Very nice aroma. The flavor is coffee and a syrupy sweetness. The boduy is big and smooth. This one is less bitter then other Imperial Stouts but is very good.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet roast coffee aroma. I really liked the balance of flavors in this - roast coffee, dark fruits, sweet cream - a nice amount of hops brings it all together nicely.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Malt aroma. Finish is hoppy and very nice. Packs a wallop at 8.1%. Nicely carbonated.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - 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 (3413) - 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.