skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Multiple vintages sampled on the same night. All were outstanding (albeit very similar). This Impy drinks like a meal. There just tasted like there is a smattering of all kinds of table food right from the mash. The fullness of the body dissipates into a short simple chococate finish (the final course I guess).
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In a taste test by a panel of experts (me, myself, and I) between
3 "chocolate stouts", Youngís came on top as the chocolatiest, but this mamma jamma was deemed the superior stout!
Rich mocha flavor wafts out of the bottleneck from the moment the cap snaps off! Oh, this is going to be good!
The color is as black as strap molasses, with a rich bubbling, simmering, dark brown, puddingish head. THIS is STOUT! Already, it seems like a glass of melted chocolate!
Aroma is gorgeous! Sublime! Soft, creamy, yet intense with cocoa, like sticking your face deep into a bag of the stuff, but still, somehow, subtle.
Mouthfeel is powerful, thick, viscous, chewy. When people speak of smoothness as a supreme adjective for any sort of beverage, I reply that I like roughness now and then. (I am, after all, the inventor of The Gilded Platypus, a cocktail contrived of tequila, Yukon Jack, Irish Mist, and sweet vermouth!) This is what Iím talking about! There are several hurdles for the palate to play with, little bites and burps and gurgles, all the things that make beer drinking my favorite hobby.
Many flavors mingle in the mouth, many associations gather in the mind, but largely the feeling is of a burnt cognac, a hot dark rum, and licoriceleatherespressoetceterainto infinity...
Many waves crash again and again on the palate, many happy moments occur as the rough dealings of the day are forgotten and I am lost in this wondrous, darkly beautiful, and frankly ass-kickiní stout!
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 First had this on a camping trip last summer (I think) . Definitely have had it a few more times, but never rated. This really is an excellent beer. A very nice Imperial Stout as well, but not the best Iíve had. Maybe a little too alchohol tasting for being so rich. Very filling. Still excellent overall
3 years later, the í02-í03 bottling is still amazing, if not more so
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/7/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Jungle Jimís in Cincinnati, OH 5/28/04. 2003-2004 Vintage. Pours a dark, inky brown-black. Not completely opaque, but very dark. Head is dark tan, tight but uneven. Lacing is very nice, slow and tight. Decently sticky, looking like shimmering gold foil. Nose of chocolate pudding, not much else. Disappointingly little in the way of dark malts, roast or burnt aromas. But there is a hint of sugar. Flavor is BIG roast. Surprising. But somehow still disappointing. Itís a thin roastiness-- not a luscious, full roasty flavor or body that I want in a good imperial. Thereís a touch of sugar there, a rich chocolate concentrate flavor, and an acidic, dry roastiness-- almost like imitation "roast" flavoring with unrefined cocoa powder added. Body is blah. Watery, medium. Nice carbonation, but it sort of blows out your mouth. Not even close to full enough to compete with the better imperials. Too much damn alcohol on it too, especially for having "only" 8.5%. Finish is medium-long with some sweet treacle and not all that great. Itís a decent beer, but I expected much more.
IndianaRed (2315) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Bottle Pours black with a dark tan head that leaves some determined lacing. Aroma is of tanned leather, licorice and of course chocolate, but not as much as I expected, and prunes. Flavor is coffee bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, and charcoal. Finish is a bit more bitter than I expected, but the feel is rich and appropriately heavy. Very nice.
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep brown hue has a nice foam that quickly disappeared into a thin layer. Dark, rich, chocolate malts, coffee and molasses oozed from the glass. Nice thick mouthfeel with good carbonation. A little more bitter than I care for. Alcohol is nicely masked, but still noticeable. Lasting finish would go great with dessert.
lAlpedHuez (11) - Brookville Hollow, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 Yum. A meal -- and a desert -- in a bottle.
Ooops -- seems I need more characters (I would have thought yum and sinful covered it, given that the objective cgaracteristics have been adequately outlined by others below).
How íbout: "was it good for you too?"
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick oily dark roast coffee color. Wonderful head with tan and beige hues. Thick body and mouthfeel masks any taste of alcohol. Just a beauty of a brew from prsentation to flavor to even the label.
HoosierDadday (13) - USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The flavor is good, and itís just about the only thing about the beer I wouldnít describe as terrific. The scent is almost a mochachino/beer. Taste is a little bitter, but still a very good stout.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sight of beauty, thick mocha head, espresso body. Aroma is chocolate, espresso, cream, alcohol. Taste is of Bitter Chocolate and malt. Somewhat dissapointed, but a good beer none the less. Thanks to EyeDrinkAle for this one!