MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Bottle. This is still a very well done impy stout. Not sure if I can say it has changed or not, but the roasty thickness is still as I remembered it in the past. Will age well and mellow. Nothing more to add at this time.
A favorite. Had the brewer special reserve @ a beer dinner. Delicious and smooth, with chocolate and coffee overtones, this beer is worth cellaring for a few months. Boldly hoped with heavy doses of dark malts make the flavor and aroma complex and rememberable. Great with chocolate cake!
brimstonejack (4) - los angeles, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
where to start? pouring this beer was something i'd looked forward to all day, and it did not disappoint. thick head that dissipated fairly quickly, nice lace. the smell? sweet chocolate and espresso, with subtle fruit undertones. and the taste? WOW. more of the same, but with added toasted maltiness, and a perfect offsetting back taste. truly, the finest imperial stout i've had to date.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild aroma and lots of roasted flavors. So easy to drink that, on the first drink, I didn't even notice I had swallowed. A little too bitter for a porter-lover like me. High alcohol content becomes much more noticable as temperature increases.
jek803 (41) - USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque with light brown head that faded quickly...nice lacing. Oily mouth-feel...sweet malty, nice chocolate/coffee taste, with some roasty, maltiness to boot... Finished smooth.
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Poured an opaque color with a large (I underestimated and overflowed the glass) very dark tan head and nice lacing. Sweet, slightly roasty chocolate aroma with a hint of alcohol. Smooth creamy texture with a thick chocolate taste. Leaves a slight twang on the tip of your tongue. Head lasts throughout.
CapFlu (4501) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Chocolate, vanilla and whiskey nose. opaque with a brown, frothy head. Oily, gritty texture; strong cocoa flavour. Lasting loveliness... Many thanks Argo for making this available to me...
motelpogo (6515) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
fat and with some beautiful dark malt flavours for once not drowned out by stupid amounts of hops. goes sweet bitter sweet, with a chocolate custard finish
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2003 A delicious Imperial Stout with a velvetty chocalote feel to it. Rich and robust, I came upon it randomly during the summer. Kind of thick, like motor oil, but tastes much better. Touch choice between this and Old Rasputin.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Creamy tan head. Dark, dark brown to black color of body. Head diminishes slowly. Sweet aroma of plums and raisins, with a touch of apparent alcohol sweetness. Appears to be fairly thick, but with an oiliness to it. Roasty maltiness becomes known in the flavor that was concealed in the aroma. A little bit of smokiness. I can only imagine how satisfying it would be to drink this in the middle of the winter rather than summer. The description recommends this to accompany dessert, but I think a smoked sausage or cheese would also taste great with this beer.
PorterPounder (5473) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong, chocolate, coffee aroma with a bit of trailing alcohol. Bittersweet chocolate taste with a touch of licorice for good measure. Alcohol is evident - but not overpowering - bu tyou know it is there. Not quite as smooth as I would have liked - but overall still a damn good Imperial Stout.