jdjuice (489) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black, the actual stream coming from the bottle is opaque. Has a dark tan head. Aroma is chocolatey. Bitter chocolate flavor abounds, finishes with a very pleasant mocha flavor. Quite delicious. I’m glad its a winter brew, it has the exact same effect on me as a cup of hot chocolate.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Kramer17801... pours a black color with a small tan head and small bit of tan lacing. Aroma is roasty and chocolatey with a big body. Flavor doesn’t disappoint: warm and roasty with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable stout!
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too massive. I like the dryness imparted by stouts in the aftertaste, this has very little of that.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Winter 03 04 Bottle. Pitch black pour, small tan head. Wonderful aroma of roasted coffee beans, red wine, and rich dark chocolate - very nice. Mouthfeel is very full and active - not syrupy like some imperial stouts can be. The taste is one of the most full flavoured beers I have ever tried and somehow seems very original despite standard excellent imperial stouts characteristics; tons of roasted coffee bean flavours and a good mix of cocoa, well balanced with some alcohol and slight bitterness at the end. Lovely lingering roasted flavours. Wow, full of flavour and original, a fantastic beer, very grateful my wife picked this up on a recent trip to New York City.
blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yummy! Enjoy this with a good chocolate chip cookie. Dark as pop syrup with no visibility. Strong taste at first and finishes with a weaker coffee taste. Enjoy one.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Original rating 6/4/7/4/16=3.7 - 12oz - Winter 2004 - Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and black licorice. Pours a solid black with a small brown ring for head and great lacing. Flavor is strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Palate is creamy and smooth. Very tasty stout. I think a year or two will clear out the alcohol to make it even better.
RE-RATE same vintage as first rating, just a year later. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and black licorice. Flavor is strong roasted dark malts, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Palate is creamy and smooth. The alcohol has faded substantially and lets the true flavor shine. It is still warming letting you know it’s there, but it does not control the experience. A truly great imperial stout.
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - OCT 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
finally i got my hand on this babe, which will be my next batch of homebrew. fortunately, it does not dissapoint me. jet black w/ brown head. chocolate aroma, as advertised, with hints of roasted malt currant. sweet, creamy and ... tasty.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Poured a thick jet black color with virtually no head, though some mild carbonation near the surface. Aroma is rich roasted caramely malts, roasted nuts, and chocolately mocha goodness. Flavor is incredibly chocolately, roasted malts, slight roasted nut undertone, slight liqorice, and some warming alcohol flavor. Overall, this is one of the best imperial stouts ive tried to date.
bipolarbear (6) - Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
05-06. Ohhhhhh yessssss. Pours a little like syrup. No head to speak of. Aroma reminds me of a cool evening at a bonfire. Smokey, dark chocolately smoothness. Like drinking chocolate velvet. Nice bitter aftertaste, much more enjoyable than Rasputin Stout.
Have a bit of a cold...will try again at a later time. I got a case for $28.00. This price blows the doors off similar types of beers costing in the $9 to 12 dollar a six range.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally have a chance to try this stout with the fall months rolling in, and it did NOT disappoint. Dark brown pour with a gorgeous (but small) dark tan head. Taste is deep and smoky, with some sweet malt notes but only enough to balance out the closing bitterness and alcohol. As solid as it gets from the glorious Imperial style.