Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Syrupy, opaque blackness entices. Sweet, chocolatey aroma sent the hook down my throat further. Super heavy mouthfeel; my tongue felt like it was getting a workout. Soft, smooth, and sweet up front... slowly ’metamorphosizes’ into a tangy, rich bitterness that causes your teeth to clench... then alcohol notes exude like an overflowing claw-foot bathtub. This is followed by a wave of flavor, aroma, and alcohol, which plow through your nose and mouth like a bulldozer, driven by a drunk maniac on PCP. This may sound bad, but I liked all these things. And I liked its roasty burntness, subtle vanilla sweetness, rich coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. The alcohol does jockey for attention quite a bit, but I didn’t mind it; it kept the beer from becoming too cloying. And who doesn’t like a little alcohol now and then? Nothing less than wonderful.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
No head on this one. You could pour it from a 2-story building and there’d be no head. Tar-like. What Harviestoun’s Engine Oil beer SHOULD look like. Not sweet at all. A savory elixir.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent. Chocolate licorice coffeee tastes all blend together. Quite a bit of hops also. Another masterpiece from Bell’s.
popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black. A hard-hitting syrup with an alcoholic aftertaste; extremely smooth. Be warned- and enjoy.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Easily the best beer Kalamazoo has to offer, and much better than the other Bell’s beers.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice opaque coloe with a dark head. Mild aroma a good change of pace for this style from a domestic brewer. Sorgum, vanilla, coffee and current flavors. A maltly/dark fruit finish. A good night cap. Make mine a double.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate:Out-freakin’ standing. Wonderful beer. Dark as the darkest night, with an alcohol presence that lets you know your going to be warmed up. Very full flavored, with malt that creeps up on you as the beer warms in the glass to the point that you sit back and say...’Wow’. Not a beer that you just open and throw back, but one in which you chill out and enjoy. Excellent.
Original rating comment: Yum.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Too much. I believe it is the only Stout that Larry Bell brews that I just don’t like at all.
AlGreen99 (33) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thin, creamy head contrasts this dark, almost black, beer. A carmel flavour makes an apperance quickly, as well as a mild alcohol taste.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 Almost black with very thin head. Delicate nose of malts, raisons, bakers chocolate, molasses,caramel and more. HUGE malt profile,flavors of caramel,rasins and molasses mingle within the silky smooth body. Hops come through but are somewhat masked(not a bad thing) by the thick and flavor filled body but gives enough to kick you in the ass. Hops are far more profound with fresher bottles. Awesome Imperial and im glad I got another to leave sit. Remind me not to touch it:-) Thank you psychprof.