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 (2330) - 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 (934) - 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!
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tried this in winter. awesome stout. you get assalted with chocolate favor. just great. very dark. creamy head.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 One of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Dark black with a big creamy tan head. Terrific chocolate malt aroma and flavor.
Heavy bodied but smooth as silk. You hardly notice the alcohol.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Imperial Stout Night. Been hanging onto this one for the appropriate time. Looks like it has finally arrived. Iím going to say this, Old Heathern was terrific, this is even better. Chocolately, roasty, cherries, did I say Chocolate. This is definitely a desert beer if there is such a thing. Slight difference is this one has a wee bit stronger kick with all the props to boot. Best Brooklyn to date. Yet to experience the Monster. Again, EC orders should have a bottle or two of this one as well.