muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 bottling. Aroma not very assertive, but nice; bitter bakers chocolate, mostly. Flavor is strongly bitter and acidic, with some nice chocolate, but overall seems rather harsh and dry to me. Sweet? Either the recipe changed, I’ve got different tastes than most of you, or I’ve just had all of the sweetest Imperials already. This was NOT too sweet in my book, though the bitterness does ease off as it approaches room temp. Interesting, drinkable even, but not in my opinion a great Imperial.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s like drinking Hershey’s syrup! Good and chocolaty! A great after dinner drink.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. One of the top 5 beers I tried at the festival. Pours how you would expect liquid dark chocolate to pour. Surprisingly lively tongue with chocolate (duh), clover and well-masked alcohol flavor. This is great stuff!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Winter ’06-’07 version sampled on 1/10/07: Good viscous, opaque appearance with nicely-lacing head. Sweet caramely malty aroma has a good touch of complexity. Nice, full body starts with some sweet caramel malts, revealing dark fruity flavor before drying out toward a smokier finish. Nicely-balanced, and enjoyable, but could use a few months of aging.
Winter ’05-’06 version sampled on 3/31/06: Comparable appearance to the other versions, but the aroma seems hoppy with some citrusy hops and dark fruit. Body starts with lots of sweet, flavorful caramel malt along with some mild brown sugar and soy sauce. Finishes slightly warming and bittersweet. A little young yet, but should be real good in a year or two.
Winter ’04-’05 version sampled on 3/31/06: Pours a rich, viscous oily black with a thin-lacing, frothy dark-tan head. Aroma of complex sweet malt, dark fruits and some light aged character. Starts with some sweet sticky caramel malt, mild dark fruit flavor and a smooth finish that hides the alcohol well. I’d say this has aged quite nicely.
Winter ’03-’04 version sampled on 9/7/2004: This is still quite nice and roasty with a nice balance of sweet malts and a touch of dark chocolate, but seems to have dropped slightly from what I remember with the 2002.
Winter ’02-’03 version sampled on 12/7/2003: Aging for a year has done this beer well. Thick opaque black body has a nice dark tan head. Aroma is very complex and has sweet caramel, gingerbread and toffee notes mixed with dark fruits. Pleasantly sweet body has a hint of sourness. Finishes smooth, roasty and dry lingering with dark chocolate. Still one of the better imperial stouts.
Winter ’02-’03 version sampled on 11/12/2002: Pours a deep black with dense roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Intensely complex flavor that goes from sweet to coffee, to slight alcohol, and finishes a bittersweet chocolate. Not as chocolatey as Young’s but definitely stronger. The transitions between flavors could be a bit smoother and more balanced, but this stuff would make a great hibernation beer (a.k.a. something I could live on all winter).
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm. Nice. Intense flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Another great beer from Brooklyn.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, malty, somewhat alcoholic aroma. Pours a black color with a nice tan head. Tastes very chocolatey, with just a tad of hops and a slight bitterness in the finish. Very filling, so maybe have a few of these and nothing else for dinner. Leaves a sweet taste on the lips and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Very good imperial stout and nicely balanced.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Eh. Nice pitch black appearance and a kind aroma of chocolate but thoroughly unimpressive in taste and palate. Too sweet. Was like drinking a soft drink not a stout.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
as imperial stouts go this one sits well. the chacalotey malty flavor is the bomb. the dark tan head and aromas are beautiful
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Oh My god! Sam Adam's Cream Stout ( which I am not knocking, by the way: I think it's a great beer ) was my favorite beer until I had the good fortune to taste this masterpiece. I drank it from the bottle so I have no idea what kind of head it forms, but looking into the bottle the color was a deep black-brown, and the nose was intensely chocolate with a hint of espresso coffee and deep roasted malts. Later a hint of caramel and vinilla. A rich, deeply satisfying mouthfeel. The 8.5% ABV was well hidden in the mix of flavors. This beer reminded me of a rich dark many-layered chocolate cake with caramel filling between every layer. If beer could be a dessert than this is that beer.
It is definitely a sipping beer. I was pleasantly buzzed halfway through my first bottle and I took nearly two hours to finish it.
I'm going to go down tomorrow to the store where I bought the six pack and find out if they carry uit by the case. If they don't I might buy out their six pack supply to get me through the Winter.
All in all, a superb beer.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad. Very dark and heavy. A desert brew.