Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep dark coloration but no head retention. Odors of brown sugar mixed with chocolate make the nose somewhat confusing to follow. Malty, thick and not too hoppy. Could have used a bit of peat malt to perk it up.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolatey aroma. Malt is very flavorful chocolate which develops into above average hop blast for a stout. A little fruit in the finish, very smooth and flavorful.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 An impressive roasted coffee/ coccoa aroma wafted out of my glass. Dark as night. A very sticky dark chocolate taste appears upon first sip. A little bit of burnt oak smell begins to come on board at this time. Some coffee, but not a lot in the flavor. Begins to taste more burnt in time. An almost undetectable amount of hops becomes present, and this finishes smooth, like a criminal.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt flavor, complex & sweet. Nice accent of hops throughout. This is different from other stouts with its aggresive hop profile.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Big, rocky, tan head. Mostly lasting. Lighter in color than stouts of similar style. Roasty aroma with a nice blast of green hops. Complex body includes flavors of licorice, coffee, and chocolate. Slightly burnt aftertaste is nicely offset by a subtle caramel sweetness. Perfect body, robust, but not so thick as to stick to the inside of your mouth. A bomber of this goes down easy!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2003 This one suits my taste perfectly: a huge fresh hop bouquet underpinned by profound coffee and chocolate richness, all of which is mirrored in the flavor and buoyed by some real viscosity. Beautiful tan rocky head lasts through the glass and leaves lots of lace. Compare this one to Storm King. Very similar.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red/black with a thin, but extremely persistent tan head. The aroma is really pretty good. Sweet and creamy, with chocolate milk, roasted coffee and a bit of buttered toast. Really smooth and creamy with a nice long finish. Really a great stout with plenty of flavor, nice mouthfeel and a lasting finish. I could drink several of these.
omhper (18348) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Thanks jcalabre!! Very black with dark beige head. Roasty, salty licorice aroma. Dry and softly malty with notes of coffee. Very rich and powerful. Salty bitter finish. It seems you can't go very wrong when making a dry imperial stout, and this is just fabulous.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 WOW!!!! I just cant describe it any better than that....wow....Aroma is all over the place! Some coffee, milk chocolate, definite roasty mocha presence, oranges, a bready aroma. Just unbelievable!!! The pour was just as amazing. A general black stout like appearance with a creamy orange, dark tannish head that laced nicely and caressed my palate with coffee gentleness. The taste is just WOW...i said it again. Coffee and milk chocolate struggle for control of the palate. Mediocre viscosity, nothing like motor oil for an 8.1% ABV, but then BAM....beautiful fresh hops assault the palate from numbing into chocolate delight and caress the tongue with a bittering malty caramel like sweetness. Oh my god this is so damn good. Palate feel is outstanding, not very thick, but so many flavors going on here that i am having a hard time keeping track of them all. WOW....this is damn good.
RERATE 11/19/05:..... still a very awesome beer....like smelling and drinking pure coffee...no pronounced alcohol presence..incredibly hoppy, but it didnt quite have that sweetness from the first time i tried this.... mild carbonation.... still an awesome beer
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown with ruby edges; almost opaque. Light, thick tan head that slowly decreased to a thin, lasting layer. Aroma of strong roasted barley, coffee, and toffee. Sweet, malty, caramel, and chocolate flavors behind a strong burnt flavor. Bitter hop aftertaste with some creaminess, toffee, and more chocolate. Dry finish with some acidity, medium mouthfeel, and steady carbonation. A bit too much on the burnt flavor for my tastes, but still quite enjoyale. Alcohol well hidden.