Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2000
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
For being a mellow example of the style, this is seriously tasty.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle, courtesy of Nuffield) Pours a black body with a thin tan head. Aroam of roasted malt, dustiness, and vegetables (green pepper, celery, cabbage). Flavor of raosted malt with a dry, funky spicy V-8 juice-like finish.
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
(draft): Black body with creamy brown head. Aroma is sweet, cocoa, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, light vinous. Finishes roasty, light alcohol burn. Medium body -- way too thin for the style.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: July 02, 1996
Source: wine rack, MD
Appearance: black, good head
Aroma: slight roasted malt aroma
Flavor: flavor with strong wine-like esters and roasted bitterness
Date: October 14, 1996
Score: iii+ to ii
Appearance: black, whispy head, lasting tan head with nice lace
Aroma: just a slight bit of sweet esters in the aroma
Flavor: lots of roasted flavor, no real apparent esters, sweet finish
Overall: much milder than the old stuff
Date: January 17, 2004
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: slightly sweet roasted malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, too much bitter roasted malt character
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Tmoney99 (10467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and coffee aroma. Large tan frothy head that last to the finish. Coffee, chocolate and malt flavor, but not as complex and lasting as other Grant's beers.
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Coffee in the taste as well. Light bitter finish. Thinner body.
Sammy (8406) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fairly regular stout, not very creamy. Some coffee, easy drink. Average mouthfeel.
3fourths (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You can't just call it something if it's really not. Deep black with a good looking brown head, nose and flavors primarily of chocolate malts and some mild cream. Wouldn't call this an imperial at all. Finish is the regular mild-smoky, chocolate.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Super Saver, Somerville, NJ. The pour is deep black with a 2-finger khaki head. The aroma is of dark patent malt, dark chocolate, some brown sugar and wheaties. The taste is dark malty, with some slight tartness, chocolate, and molasses. The palate is on the light side for this style, but this beer wasn’t bad. Farewell.
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. Considering this is my favorite style of beer, I may be a little more critical than I am with other styles. That being said, this was a good beer but really not on par with the exceptional Imperial Stouts I have tried like Dark Lord, Siberian Night, or Old Rasputin. Pours a deep dark brown with a medium milk chocolate-colored head. Nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a little vanilla. Rich body with a big coffee flavor. There are also flavors of hops, chocolate and some malt. The finish is probably the hoppiest I have encountered in an Imperial. While it did not detract from the beer a whole lot, I prefer a more rounded (malt, caramel) finish. I also think it could benefit from an ABV boost.