AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good Imperial, but not in the league of some with higher abv, and not quite as well balanced.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as night with a velvety head. Aroma of burnt toast. Good mouthfeel but not as chewy as some. A very good beer but could benefit from even more abv and roastiness>>>>> So I went and got an Old Rasputin.
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a small tan head. Roasted coffee aroma. Flavor of roast and coffee. Bitter finish. Thick and chewey
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured jet black and formed a huge medium tan foamy Guiness like head that behaved like a float as it subsided, leaving lattice lace coating the glass as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate. A little lighter than I thought it would be, but a fine stout nontheless. It's a shame I have to go to Kentucky to get this or Liquid Solutions. Come on Bear Republic, visit Ohio sometime.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I feel like I have to actually chew this beer to get it down safely...very thick molasses and chocolate flavors give way to a burning alchohol sensation that sits on your chest like a deranged demon...or a black bear, you decide. This is definitely dry but the achohol could stand to be a bit better masked in my opinion - almost comes off a bit astringent at times. Fairly impressive molasses malt, but...arggh...my chest is caving in.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep dark coal black, aroma of coffee,brown sugar, expresso.Smooth rich flavours of Kenya AA coffee, chocolate malts,moderate Cascade hops, sweet rich and complex, not at all sour like many Imperial Stouts, Recommended !
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle RAF 03) Very dark, like staring into a rural sky on a cloudy night. Huge chocolate aroma. Very full, think, coating palate. Sweet, roasty flavors. This is an excellant sweet stout and perhaps my favorite non-imperial stout.
MERUBADOO (6) - Flossmoor, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
TASTING THIS IMPERIAL STOUT AT THE REAL ALE FEST, BOTTLE CONDIITONED, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED. SMOOTH, TREMENDOUSLY RICH AND THICK!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the RAF 2003: Dark, thick and opaque. Sweet alcohol and lucious raisins explode in my mouth, good hop presence, surrounded by fruit and chocolate, great beer.
jaymobrown (1588) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable imperial stout. Quite dry but really thick. Thick like old paint in a can thick. Some sweet powdered flavors with just a hint of the roasted tones. Not really heavy on the hops in any position.