beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit thinner stout than I usually like. Itís good, but not great.
Libertystout99 (1) - USA - JUL 3, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A simple and to the point stout. Nothing flashy just good and dark and very satisfying.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark roastiness in the nose. Pours nice and thick. Big roastiness with a hint of chocolate in the body. Finishes with a taste of coffe bean.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Little to no head. Wondefrul aroma. Dark chocolate covered hops in the nose. At first the palate makes you think that the body is a little less than expected, but all of the sudden boom, this is a big beer. A wonderful complex IS full of rich malt and hop flavors. This beer gives Storm King a run for the money.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not too many bubbles in this one! Wonderful aroma right away, toasted malts and hops. Thick and smooth. Very complex, a lot of malt-hop interaction. I can sense the alcohol, but I feel it adds positively to the taste experience. Rich and smooth. Very nice.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Oh my god! I got a very fresh shipment of this beer. As black as molasses with a frothy looking rust-brown head that soon turns to lace. Everything about this beer has depth. It coats the mouth and throat (syrupy palate) and lasts forever. The aroma is oddly fruity, but the flavor seems to be all dark coffee, chocolate, roated, burnt, molasses, and a long sweet finish.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 Draft:This was the best Imperial Iíve had.I like it much more than the bottle.It was cleaner,rounder,and the flavors lingered forever.I wanted to drink this all night. Bottle:.Extreme motor oil maple syrup appearence.slight carbonation leaves a quick to leave brownish head.Aroma I didnít even know existed to mankind. The palate is a bombshell of chocolate,coffee,burnt sugar,roasted malts,and a noticable hop finsh.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a tiny head (if you try to get one, that is). Black color, huge coffee/burnt/chocolate nose. The taste drags you in many directions at the same time. Thick syrupy palate, and an aftertaste that never ends. There is also an incredible amount of hops in this. Thanks PsychProf!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2004 Rerate: with a year of aging and repeated exposure, I see this is a terrific imperial; good sweetness, good hop acidity, measured saltiness. Yum. Original: June 7, 2002: Somewhat less than the sum of the parts, somehow, I don't know. Yes, the hops grab you, but because this brew is *so* full-bodied, they don't grab you by the throat and throw you down like in Stone's imperial, IMO. Oh, man, but the heavy maltedness in this thing; not just roasted, not just bitter, not just toasted, not just chocolaty...but something I can't identify, that arose immediately upon warming (but not before)and won't go away. Aha! It's almost like a nuttiness to the aroma. I've seen 'vinous' used on this site alot...this beer seems to define the usage. Strong. Wonderful. So insanely full-bodied it loses some drinkability.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent imperial stout. If there was a darker beer, you would need Steven Hawking and a radio telescope to find it. This is the beer to drink in wing-backed leather chair while your fireplace crackles with flame.