Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This isn’t on of those imperials that whacks you over the head and that’s a good thing especially given that the internal temperature of my house is over eighty degrees Fahrenheit even though this winter seasonal has already found its way to my local beer store. Black with a brown head that leaves a tenacious little bit of lace. Nice aroma--mostly chocolate with a bit toasty coffee deliciousness. Incredibly smooth and drinkable if not the most assertive stout out there. Interestingly, a citric hoppy note plays along with the dark, roasted backbone. Very dry. Mouthfeel is more along the lines of a strong IPA than an imperial stout. Some fruity notes come out as it warms.It’s about as close to refreshing as I could imagine given the style. It all works out quite nicely. Thanks for asking.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
classy stuff. pitch black with brown head. powder chocolate and asphalt aroma. very full in the mouth, quite coffeeish, hint of cream, quite bitter and dry, great stuff
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown color,small dark tan head that faded quickly leaving a small lace behind.Nice roasty malty aroma with a definate hop presence and a slight grapefruit smell.Maybe a some chocolate and a bit of coffee as well.Nice flavor of malt some what creamy feel with a good flavor of chocolate and mild coffee.The hops come through very well with a nice additon in the middle and a mild bitterness towards the end.The alcohol really goes unnoticed for the most part with just a mild warming feeling as it goes down.very nice brew and well worth having a few more around for later.
Sammy (11069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite drinkable roasted licorice,m cocoa and chocolate malt and very bitter. By itself, not the best stout I have had. Quenched the thirst and then some. Astringent, great with meat and salad. This brewery is awesome.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. NYC. Super black body with a beige fine head. Super rich chocolate flavour. Bitter chocolate and mocca flavour. Lovely beer that you could (attempt) to drink all day. Really well balance and generous flavour. MUST drink MORE Bear Republic Beer!
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very drinkable imperial stout. Caramel/chocolate nose and flavor at first with a nice roasty nut flavor at the end. Good hopping on this baby as well. Well made stout and almost refreshingly low on alcohol.
mjg74 (2973) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark with virtually no head. Smells of sweet roasted coffee, with chocolate. Very smooth, mildly carbonated. Tastes has some hops, roasted malts, slight choco flavor. Good quality impy.
IndianaRed (3742) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Bottle Pours black except for the dark brown edges, with a very little head and slight lacing. Aroma is very nice chocolate, prunes, caramel, purple grapes, licorice. Flavor is dominated by charcoal smokey burnt wood. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Feel is mildly thick not as silky smooth as some can be. Slight bitterness at the end, but as expected. As it warms, the smooth mouth feel is better, and the bitter trailer is not as noticable.
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Roasty aroma of chocolate, big time nuts, and light dried fruits. Very chocolately and roasty with some nice hops for balance. Very drinkable here as no alcohol is noticed. A very nice stout, thanks Eyedrinkale!!
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black with tan head. Aroma is coffee and molasses. Flavor is coffee with a noticable hop finish. Excellent