DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle. Very small dark tan head. Color is black. Aroma is roasty and soy saucy. Palate is full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. There are dark, roasty flavors with a good amount of bitterness. This is what an Imperial stout is supposed to taste like! Excellent beer! Thanks Humulone Red!
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
DARK, ROASTED, TOASTED, BURNT BLACK MALT. There is little left to say. Ale Aficionados know what a good stout is, this is IT.
Oh, the balance of malt/hops/alcohol is beyond exceptional, me like.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Black color, with a brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Flavors are coffee, bitter chocolate hops and somewhat nutty. Body is creamy. More bitter than I expected, and the alcohol is hidden better than I would have guessed.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fruity and nutty, yet pulls you into the dirt with some unexpected black coal and graphite underpinnings. Tinge of alcohol on the exhalation--just enough to remind you what you’re dealing with. Creamy and upright on the palate, with a lingering afterstay on the back of the tongue. Complex yet low-maintenance.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Sweet, soft, dough-like aroma with fruity notes and plenty of charcoal-like roastiness. Opaque brown-black body is topped with a decent brown head that recedes slowly to cover with some lace. Very sweet, thick and chewy malty flavour. Heady. Some alcohol apparent and strong warming. Decadent and dessert-like the texture is smooth and creamy in the mouth with gentle carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, radiomgb!
Had the chance to sample a 2001 vintage bottle (in late 2005) and found that it has not held up all that well even though one would expect it to age. Not that it becomes bad, just that it is nowhere near as good. The hops recede and it becomes vinous and roasty with a sticky sweet finish (8-3-7-3-15=3.6).
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of mocha chocolates, roasted malts, and light bitter coffee. This is one good tasting beer. Alcohol content well hidden. Smooth and easy to drink. Gotta get some of this one...
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank You Santa! Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Pours almost jet black producing a small head that became lacing in no time. Flavor is giant with coffee, chocolate, and maybe even a hint of dark fruit somewhere in there. Very slick on the palate as was smooth all the way down. Ended with a nice alcohol bite at the end. Wonderful beer that will become a staple of my cellar as soon as I can find some more.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle- Aroma is much differant the other Imperial Stouts I’ve had, peanut butter, chocolate, a bit of butterscotch. Body is black, no head formed. Served probably a little too cold, but coffee, and bittersweet chocolate stand out in the most after the first sip. Gets a bit nutty, hops are present in the background, very subdued. Alcohol is perfectly covered.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2002. Pours a thick black body with no head, really no carbonation whatsoever. Aroma is very roasty, with chocolate and espresso. Flavor is similar: bitter cocoa and coffee, as well as some cherry. Very intense with the high alcohol fairly well-masked. Stouts usually aren’t my cup of tea, but this was great. It seems to have aged well.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Pours like motor oil. The head was two inches thick & never collapsed. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel, sweet body, nice balanced top hopping, middle flavors are wonderful, gentle aroma hops. Ass kicking stout. There are scant few beers available that can top this one for me. Essential beer.