hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 Pours thick and black as hell! Looks like dirty motor oil! Lovely! Smells of deep dark chocolate. Very yummy. Flavor is dark chocolate, with a bit of cordial wrapped around the insides. VERY luscious, very delicios, very smooth, and very drinkable.
jefcon (1389) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown, nearly black in the glass, with a half-inch brown head. Lots of fine lacing. Aromas of malt and chocolate, same in flavor,with a rich bite up front on the palate and a somewhat bitter finish of chicory and toast. Not overly thick, but not watery or thin, either. A fine example of the Imperial Stout and an excellent winter brew with a dessert, or really, any time. I agree with other tasters who find this beer dry.
Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Beer #200. Aroma is strong coffee and light dark chocolate. Dark brown, virtually black. Very little head. Strong coffee flavor combined with light chocolate and light alcohol. Moderate bitter coffee aftertaste with light chocolate. The fact that this cane chilled with a chilled glass could have hurt the rating a little. Waited for it to warm a little and flavor changed slightly for the better.
Hansen (6602) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, jet-black. Medium head. Lots of crispy, roasted malt in the aroma and flavor. Perhaps a bit thin.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with nice brown head. Full-flavoured with freshly ground coffee beans predominating. Notes of old english liqourice and tar!?! Nice.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with marked viscosity, slight head retention but durable carbonation. Obsidian color (with apologies to Deschutes) only suggests the massive malt flavor, dominated by chocolate malt with black and brown malt notes and a slight (yeast-induced) tartness. Perhaps a higher hop content would offset the malt volume, but I found this somewhat difficult to drink.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black and brown body was capped by a decent sized brown head, which dissipated soon. The aroma was roasty with chocolate and caramel. There was also a wine like alcohol aroma present. The taste was intensely dry, with the dark roasted malt, dark skinned fruit, chocolate malt, and raisins vying for attention. The alcohol provided a spicy warming backdrop. A very good 2003-2004 bottle via a trade from BeerAdvocate spritdeus, and thankfully now available in Georgia for a much cheaper indulgence.
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have the ’03-04 version of this brew.
Malted chocolate with hints of cherry and an a nutty coffee bouquet in the nose. Dark color no transparency even when held to bright household lighting. Big lovely dark tan head that laces the glass nicely of a snifter. Strong full bodied flavor mostly roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and cherry. Not what I explected when it came to the mouth a bit thin for my like. Still packed a nice kick in the pants. If it were just a little mouthier I would have given it a 5/5. For the conclusion. There are better choco stout’s. This one is definatly a good choice maybe slightly over rated. Because of the accessibilty Noting my score. And location.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh winter 04/05 bottle. Ultra deep black, dark tan regenerating creamy head. Bitter-sweet chocolate, toffee brittle, roasted coffee, with a very slight berry / vinous quality in the nose. The flavor is fantastic with burnt bitter-sweet chocolate, french roast coffee and cream, with a decent shot of hops balancing out the sweet malt bill. Full bodied, fizzy carbonation, lengthy bitter, semi-dry, warming finish. Always a winner for sippin round the roaring fireplace. A great Impy!
beastdog75 (362) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winter ’03-’04 edition. A deep, rich, intense stout, definitely a sipping beer all the way. Some notes of chocolate in there, but the flavor mostly consisted of dark roasted coffee, almost espresso like. Alcohol is present in the flavor but it is not overbearing. A very nice brew altogether.