redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark amber, not opaque, with a medium creamy tan lasting head. Aroma of cascade hops and roasted malts, reminds me of Bell's Expedition. Flavors are a nice blend of hops, coffee and chocolate. Body is thin and lacking an oily quality. An excellent beer.
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, tan head. Burnt toast aroma. The flavor reminds me of blackberry jam on burnt toast. fruity, coffee and chocolate are in there, as well. surprisingly crisp finish.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice big stout,
coffee and toast flavors are thestrongest but there are elements of chocolate, biscuis and brown sugar.
does not have the sherry-like vinous quality I associate with many imperials.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Black, but not as black as some stouts (if it can be "not as black") a little thinnish-looking, very little head. Good strong nose though, licorice, bitter coffee, piney hops. At first taste, it feels very full and thick, and the hops are quite evident. As you roll it around on the tongue, the fairly significant (for an Imp stout) carbonation becomes more evident; seems just a might too fizzy. But the good robust character, the dark molasses and anise flavors, make this a fine example of the style if not one of the very greatest.
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 (1511) - 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 !