civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Pours black and strong. I had one at noon and only later realized I didnít actually eat lunch. The flavor is complex, changing slightly as you allow the beer to warm. I fully recommend this beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#400! Yeah! I couldn't have picked a better beer either. I still refuse to give a 5.0. Pours opaque with a dark brown tight head with hints of burgundy. Lacing lasts through the entire beer and coats the entire bottom of a 30 oz. snifter. An aroma of rum-raisins (which I believe is essential for a great imperial), coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, oh yeah,... and alcohol. It has a flavor that is just as complex with hints of vanilla and a great hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel, while being incredibly thick, is far more enjoyable than that of the Dark Lord which is far thicker. The finish is nothing short of extraordinary with a lingering hoppiness on the back of the mouth. Nothing short of brilliant.
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Man, am I excited about this one! I just poured it, and it is even darker than the cherry stout (which I described as "blacker than the Ace of Spades") with a gorgeous light brown head and great lacing. The aroma is of malt, cabernet, licorice, and slightly perfumy. My God, the taste and finish are pure heaven, super smooth, creamy, roasty, with final bursts of sweet maltiness, coffee, cabernet, licorice, and chocolate. Fabulous stout. The alcohol is definitely present, but it doesnít overwhelm the beer. Exquisite. I stack this one up there with Brooklyn Double Black, Weyerbacher Old Heathen and Raspberry Imperial, and Sam Smiths among the beers Iíve had (and I still havenít had the Dark Lord, Alesmith, Old Rasputin, Stone Imperial Stout, and Rogue Imperial Stout).
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 Big thanks to kujo9 for this one. I want more - lots more. This is a phenomenal beer - oily black with no head and rich black-cherry edges. Roasty and sweet and plummy and somehow seeming to offer up both chocolate and vanilla. Very complex both in aroma and flavour. I think maybe some black licorice made an appearance too before a wonderfully astringent finish.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I HORDE THIS BEER. I easily have 2 cases stored away. Pours with no head. BLACK. One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Not for the faint-hearted. A delightful way to enjoy is over a premium vanilla ice cream, much the same way one would have a rootbeer float.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So good. Dark as night. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. The taste is wonderfuly complex. Sweet chocolate, carmel, roasted, with a creamy feel. There is a sharp bitterness but not one that overwealms the malt bill. Great beer.
Bov (9275) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
with thanks to Clarkvv - pours a dark black, motor oil like liquid, the fine black tainted head quickly reduces, coffee and black chocolate aroma with plumy and vanilla notes, toasty, incredible bitterness, very oily, the finish is very long, dry and deadly bitter with notes of cream and coffee - this is just too much of everything to be a great beer
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong roasy, chocolate, coffee and alcohol smell. Same with flavor. Wow, first Imperial anything. No head. Sticky as hell-you can tell theres tons of stuff in here. It's fun watching the bubbles struggle to make it through this brew. Nice!
fiulijn (14340) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, green hue. Strong roasted malt nose, turning into something apple-ish; some phenol. Liquid liquorice, followed by a strong coffee and roasted malt wave. Strong, but too much unbalanced, to get a higher note. Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.
JFGrind (1837) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was an excellent mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. However, the beer poured thick, dark and flat. Huge wall of flavor, was a bit tough after initial taste. Could there be lactose flavor in this high alcohol imperial stout?