redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown/Black dark color, medium tan creamy lasting head. A strong hop and alcohol aroma, this is a winter 02-03 bottling and for a beer with chocolate in its label, I detect none in the aroma or taste. A high vinous, plum quality. Thin body adn not much aftertaste. Very average.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a brown creamy head. Deep rich malty chocolate aroma. Very rich chocolate burnt grain flavor. Body is thinner then you would expect but still big. The tongue experiences a nice alcohol burn. Bitter chocolate is the dominate aftertaste. This is a very good beer.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
03-04 bottling. Small dark brown head, short lived. Black as coal, opaque. Slightly vinous nose, chocolatey and roasty also. Full bodied, oily, creamy, slick mouthfeel. Chocolatey, coffee, roastiness, slight alcohol notes. Malted milk chocolate? Finish is dry,long and BIG.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 pour thick and syrupy. The palate is thinner then it I would think from the pour but is not thin. Initial taste is of heavily roasted/burn malt, this fades into pure bitter chocolate (like pure coco) a much dryer IS then i am used too.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Essentially a black beer with mahogany highlights, it pours with a syrupy sound, a velvety look, and a toffee colored head. The head fades quickly, and leaves a mild lace on the glass. The aromas are chocolate, roasted malt, with some bourbon overtones. There are also vanilla notes and and some spiciness. Absolutely a treat. The first sip coats the tongue with a luxurious silky feeling. This beer is incredibly smooth, exactly what my ideal stout would feel like. The taste is heavy on the roated malts, with a strong chocolate note and some nice peat smokiness. For 8.5% ABV, the alcohol is not noticable. Some fruity sweetness creeps in on the finish, and the hops are present, but not overpowering.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours an opaque black with a 3cm brown head. Nose is chocolate roasty coffeee malt. Start is astringent and ethanol-like. Finish smooths out into the proverbial coffee-chocolate flavor. Palate is slightly watery for an imperial stout. I have had better imperials (victory and samuel smith) than this.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorites. I had the special reserve at a beer dinner too. It was a 6 month old reserve. It was so smooth and flavorful with coffee and chocolate overtones.
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.