hopdog (9453) - 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 (2044) - 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.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a very nice brown, dark chocolate. Aroma was almost an espresso. Very thick and chewy in texture with hints of coffee, cream and toffee with a decent amount of hops. One of my new favorites.
vtrain (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great pour- nice dark color. Brown head was perfect in appearance. Lemon nose was eye-opening and smooth. Rich velvet sip, fantastic texture that massages the mouth & tongue. Lemon taste goes on from the nose with a little butter & caramel finish.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Totally dark with a mocha colored head and good lacing. Roasted malt aroma offered up whiffs of licorice, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit (plums/prunes). Smooth as a dessert wine with a full-bodied flavor and enough carbonation to keep the palate from becoming too gummy. Brown bread, bitter chocolate, bountifully hopped taste, with a long, lingering finish. Thanks, Bert.
Gorbalev (2980) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Jercraigs was nice enough to share some with me on his 1000th rating - congrats! Pitch black pour, dark brown head - looked like the colour of those little caramel cubes I used to eat as a kid. Huge in your face sweet taste mixed with more look at me bitter hop flavours - all combined in a perfectly balanced beer. A unique lingering flavour at the end - alcohol mixed with hops. Overall, a very well done, drinkable imperial stout that is unique enough to stand on its own.
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick molassess pours from the plainly decorated bottle. Little head and a sweetly bitter palate mean serious brew for the unexpecting. A meal in itself-not a beer for the light hearted!