Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, not very viscous, black appearance. Not much head. Yummy, mildly perfumed aroma. Coffee. Some sweet chocolate aroma. Rich, rounded flavor that oozes across he tongue. Sweet coffee. A little alcohol in the flavor. A little bitterness in the finish. Complex and gentle. Rich. Roasty/chocolatey.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here it is!!! My 100th beer. I saved this rating for just that. Thick black liquid with a little lacing around the edge of the glass. I had my girlfriend walk by me as I was sipping this one and asked me why I would use my beer mug for a pepsi, I just smiled and said "I don't know" First smell is of a dark roasted coffee. My first sip is of coffee with a sweet finish. What a treat and the only thing I can rip on this one is that a little sweeter finish would be great
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 Comments on the 2003 bottling:
Extremely creamy mouthfeel, the flavor reminds me of coffee with melted dark chocolate mixed in. I like the fact that this version doesn’t have the "oily" alcohol overtone, but at the same time it seems a little dumbed down.
Tick rocky light brown head, pretty good retention. Warm piney aroma, somewhat reminds me of a pig (musky straw overtones). Big hoppy flavor backed up by a chewy, gelatinous malt. Lots of flavors here, sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, ripe fruit, bitter hops - it all comes together to form a kickass brew! Piney bitter aftertaste, and a creamy-smooth sensation sticks around too. My only detraction bases around an excessive alcohol taste - there’s this vodka-y oiliness that presides over the flavor spectrum. Not sure if I like that...
6/20/05 - ’02 bottle. Wonderfully rich and malty. Reduced hops content but it’s OK.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Upside down label. Pours thick as motor oil. Super black. No light makes its way through. Tan creamy head, it has staying power. Lacing is good. Rich aroma of coffee/chocolate. A little bit of an alcohol nose. It feels just as thick on the tongue as it looks pouring out of the bottle. A big coffee-packed punch greats your palate. Alcohol is no where to be tasted. This beer is another reason I'm happy that Kalamazoo is only 45 minutes from where I live during holidays away from school.
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 (7/14/03): Completely opaque black body with no head. Aroma is vinous, rich and chocolate. Taste is sweet, strong, vinous, chocolate, and goor roasty. Finish with a medium alcohol burn. Full body, minimal carbonation.(RBSG2003): Black with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, rich, mlty, roasty, coffee. Taste is medium sweet, rich, malty -- roasty mild coffee, medium chocolate. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn. Very full body. (8/5/8/5/16)
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black w/ little carbonation & almost no head. Rich complex aroma of roasted coffee, molasses, fruit (cherries?) licorice, wood, & vanilla. Thick, oily, chewy feel. Intense flavour of roast coffee, chocolate, fruit (cherries, dates, raisins), wine, earth and hops.
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2004 Bottle-RBSG-6/28/03. Ahh, thanks to BigBadBear63 on this one. I have finally found out what the buzz about this beer really is. The fact is, its imaculate! Aroma was huge, full of chocolate, molassas, and many things that i cant even put my finger on. Palate was thick and surupy with a touch of oil feel. Huge robust roasted and chocolate malt-very little hops-mostly a sweet malt bombardment.
2003-Much better this time around due to better bottling of carbonation. This is the best imperial out there. less veg notes this time around and more molassas/roasted marshmellows kinda like bells stout on speed.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee, chocolate, liquorice aromas. Black, with the thickest cappuccino head I've laid eyes on, layers of lace. Bitter coffee(espresso?) liquorice, treacle, flavours, with some roasted hops and salt too. Very complex, full bodied, oily, marvelously bitter, high alcohol warmth, and oddly enough a sweet side to the finish. Amazing!!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stout is deep brownish-black, and absolutly thicker then all hell. You cannot see throught it at all. Put it up to the light, nothing? Its like motor oil. I must have a brand new batch, cuz the super dark tan head grew fast up the edge of the glass. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen, very dark tan much like the color of a caramel candy, and it was a nice frothy head with some bigger bubbles on the opposite side from which I poured it. Some large patches of tight tan lace cling forever. Eventually the head shrunk down leaving a nice settled coat of caramel colored head just on top. I can't quite place the overwhelming aroma, I think its a liquorish or something, maybe saffron? Very puzzling, but man it is nice. Has an extremely fresh quality, very lightly hinted dark roasted barley and coffee. Seems to be complex, but I can't seem to pin point what that smell is. It reminds me kind of like a cough syrup or something. Taste is damn good, super smooth and silky, nicely coats and has a bit of sweet bitterness in the finish. Heavily roasted barley malt with some coffee and chocolate in there. I don't know what it is about that smell, because it transfers over to the taste a little and is super good and interesting. I'm going to do some kitchen research and try to find that smell. The feel is perfect for a stout, very smooth, rich, silky, bold, and heavy and has that wierd little sweet twinge in the finish and leaves your tongue with a bit of bitterness on it. This an amazing stout and is very soothing to drink. That powerful 10% is hardly noticeable in the smell or taste, but its there. It sinks in about 3/4 of the way through. Definately pick some up, its well worth it and a must for stout fans.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice black color,little to no head,just a faint lacing on the side of the glass.Sweet malty aroma,chocolate,coffee,and maybe some very light fruit hints,possibly raisin.Nice flavors,sweet roasted malt,coffee,well hopped with a slight detection of alcohol but that fades quite quickly.The after taste is malty,with a coffee,hop bitterness to it.With the alcohol reappearing at the tail end to give a slight warming effect going down.Now i know what the Hubbub is all about when it comes to this brew.One hell of a brew and i'm glad i have another 2001 to age for later.