spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10oz. sample at Half-Time. Beautiful black appearance with a very tan decent size head. Great roasted coffee, slight alcohol. Pretty complex flavor. Not as bitter as expected, like many other imperial stouts. Good chocolate, coffee. Very good.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thinnish brown head and a good amount of floaties (should have let this rest.. oh well) Great roasty chocolate coffee aroma, a tinge of alcohol and hops. Deep roast milk coffee followed quickly by hops. Great bitter chocolate finish. This beer kicks ass.
shadey (2048) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís BIG, Iíts BLACK... itís good. The pour is black with a thin head. Good lacing of a tan color. The aroma is of roasted grains and barley. I can almost picture the bag of black barley getting poured into the batch. The flovor follows the aroma. The rich roasted barley come through initially and in the aftertaste. This is a big, hearty stout and it deserves the name Big Bear. Highly Recommended to any stout lover.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like...pretzels? Licorice, dusty chocolate, roasty, mild, grapefruity whiff from hops. Good black body, lacing, small tan head. Taste: heavy licorice and roast, medium slick body, little stickiness, acidity up front, balanced but simply full of anise. Thanks, wunder!
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
trappist glass, room temp.: black pour with nothing special. small, tan, and tight cremey head that leaves a little lace; the head leaves itself as a soapy ring almost quickly. iím left with a black stout and thatís for damn sure. this is a strong dry stout; roasty, bitter coffee, sweet caramel ... iím having a hard time with the hops. it seems like the sweet and roasted malts have overwhelmed this brew, but i like it like that. itís big, but it didnít "wow" me. surpisingly, it seems a little light by todayís standards... of course i was spoiled and overwhelmed by excellent brews like dark lord. for an imperial, i expected more. perhaps if it were a regular stout i would have rated higher? it's better than guinness, that's what i think... it's comparable to guinness.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black, lacey beige head. perfumy hop, super roasty, and coffee aroma. flavour is super roasty too with lots of bitter hops and dark chocolate undertones. a big beer for sure but I think it needs some aging to develope some richness and smoothness on the palate.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strong stout, not quite as strong as I would expect out of an imperial. Good rasted caramel flavors with overtones of chocolate and coffee.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark, opaque black color, tan head. Aroma wasnít all that BIG, roasty, hoppy, some dark chocolate. Flavor lacked a punch, but was pretty nice, chocolaty, roasty, and pretty bitter from the hops. Too light for the style. A little underwhelming overall.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, tulip glass. Average sized, creamy, light brown, diminishing head. Clear, dark red-black-ruby body. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt (H); orange/lime hops (M). Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, heavily bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: very good technically...the best Iíve had so far infact...just a little short on the depth.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: black as the darkest night, with a tall, fantastic, booming, cocoay/brown head, leaving chocolatey lace.
Aroma: creamy, dry, with faraway hints of coffee, becoming more prominent by the second. Another case of an unfolding flavors.
Smooth first sip, "ah," Iím thinking, "that goes down easy." But, oh, no, donít be fooled, the finish is thick and long, and the effect is powerful!
Rich, coffeeish, with a full, warm rum/cognac feel.
Excellent texture, lush, long-lasting, dark and rewarding flavors, full and roasty and delicious.
More earthy, espresso-like dominate the palate, and more, fruitier flavors show up and intermingle, giving off more and more to appreciate.
Alcoholic content is also a kicker, and seems to get stronger, darker, more wicked as we go. I save a small sample as a pick-me-up in the morning, throughout the day, when the manís getting me down, anytimeís the right time.