ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black pour with a tan head. Interesting hoppy pine aroma. This is complex. Some of the 11.5% alcohol is evident, quite smooth for a brew with that content. Some hoppiness throughout. Overall a very enjoyable quality brew.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown in color with a nice tan head. I had it with Maibockaddict. Chocolatey aroma and roasty flavors. Sharp flavor and very smooth. Very roasty finish. Great beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Aged 1 year. Aroma is roasty coffee, chocolate, carmel, and vanilla. Flavor is smooth roasty malt and very delicious. Bitterness is subdued. Upping aroma by 1, flavor by 1, palate by 1, and overall by 2, up from 7-5-8-4-14.
All right, all you crazys. Finally I broke one of these puppys open. Was expecting what I found, and not what the ratings suggest. Deep deep brown, tan head. No light escapes. Aroma is a menage of chocolate, alcohol, and coffee, actually reminding me of an uncrushed bag of roasted barley, which is not really a bad thing. This will definately gain a point or two with age. Flavor is sharp and smooth at the same time, with alcohol and roast battling it out for supremacy. Very viscous mouth feel. Finish is a lingering coffee roasted bitterness. Hops blend with the roast and disappear. This will mellow and gain points as time passes, but right now is not worthy of the greatness of its average.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color is black as night with a big brown head and lots of lace. The aroma is of roasty malt, currants, and raisins. The flavor is roasty, bitter, malty, and most of all BIG. The alcohol warming is there as well. The malt and bitterness follow in the aftertaste. Excellent beer. Huge, big, great Impy Stout.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Overall a superb beer. Every drop was excellent or better! poured black, tasted of chocolate, coffee, raisins. the mix was great. Drank 2 this round, will do another 2 after a year or 2 and then finish the 6pack off at a much later date. very excited to see what time will do to this already fabulous beer. definitly the best brew iíve had to date.
DYCSoccer17 (3388) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Bottle. Smoked aroma with lots of chocolate notes and not much in the way of coffee. Pleasant and very sweet aroma. Opaque black pour with orange/tan head that trickles away ever so slowly. Milky, sweet, chocolate, ethanol twinge, more sweetness to finish. Lots of chocolate in this guy and not much coffee. This is an absolutely gorgeous Imperial Stout and thankfully it is not overhyped. This outperforms Storm King and Sam Smithís and all other beers Iíve had with the exception of St. Bernadus abt 12. Many props to jsquire for this one!!(8/5/10/5/19)-- ounce bottle (batch 8864 - 12/04/08 - nearly 2.5 years old) purchased at American Spirits for $3. Sweet chocolate, sherry, light cardboard aroma with tons of chocolate and mild-moderate roastiness. Very quaffable. Mildly transparent virutally black body with a very minute brown head. Nice legging. Starts with a little bit of chocolate roastiness and scant astringency. Balanced with nice sweetness in the middle and fair roastiness later on. Ethanol is hidden beautifully. Slightly thin, but outstanding nonetheless. My initial score has gone down just a little.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very Dark. Thick on the Tongue. Pours Syrupy. Lives up to itís 11.5% alcohol rating. A beer to respect.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Capt. Cougar for this one. Big flavor, thick mouthfeel, and really well balanced. I didnít realize this was an imperial at the time, and I canít believe the 11.5%!! That is a tribute to how well made this is.
piscator34 (2015) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The word "huge" doesnít do justice to this beer. Itís jet back with minimal carbonation. Powerful aromas of hops, licorice, rasins, alcohol, roasted malt, and terriaki sauce. It has a remarkable flavor evolution too, moving from hops, to dark fruit, to alcohol, and finally to the dark-roasted coffee, nut, and dark chocolate. Itís also insanely heavy in the mouth. I could see this beer maturing into a work of art in a few years, but the sample I had was just a bit too much for me at this point.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tastes like Victory Storm King but with more kick. Pours like syrup. Great even buzz with no trips to the dark side.