Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 After seeing the average score, I glanced to see how others have rated it. While I agree that everyone has their own opinion, methinks this hasn't gotten the respect it deserves. But to be honest, the (second to) last review was from June and this just now came available this year, so maybe last years wasn't as good. This is the first year I've had this beer.
Pours a really dark brown - not quite black - with a very nice head that leaves no lacing. The scent is definately of coffee. Flavor is great; coffee, chocolate... The hops are subtle, but present. Well balanced, this is. Palate is rich and bitter with a nice mineral feel to it. Overall this is a great Stout, IMO. It's not as intense as a lot of the Imperial Stouts, but I think too many in the market go too far to get noticed. Dick's just lays it on the line as if to say "this is what it should be."
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown almost black stout. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and with a touch of malt bitterness. Flavor is bitter with some malty sweetness mixed in. Not a bad Imperial, but not as full bodied as I've come to expect.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very round and popular taste for many imperials. Roasty, bitter, chocolaty, with a little alcohol in the finish. An enjoyable beer, just not a unique one.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 Having a second go at this a year or so later, I found this beer to be excellent actually. A wonderful honey aspect is there that wasn't before, and combined with a very full smooth chocolate/roasted barley character it takes on a butteriness that is just excellent. This beer alone has inspired me to take a second look at the brewery, maybe the signature funk was a storing issue rather than the beer itself? 3/27/03 - 3.5: Okay, so I finally found a Dick beer that I could enjoy. Not to say that all the beer from the brewery is bad, but it all seems to fall into the same signature boring malt and peculiar bitter tang funk character. Admittedly I caught a slight hint of the bitterness, but it was far less offensive than I've experienced before, being basically overwhelmed by thick espresso malt and dry grains. There was a slightly unpleasant astringent flavor throughout, but the beer was actually a success for the most part.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little light colored for an imperial, brown pour and I can see through my glass. Off white head. Sweet aroma with a fairly light roastiness to it. Notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Fairly sweet with a somewhat thin (for an imperial) mouthfeel and a pale ale's carbonation. Roasty/smokey/bitter finish that is pretty good. Lots of imperial qualities, but without the umph. However this imperial is relatively inexpensive at ~6.50/6, especially when compared to other imperials.
BillKismet (3168) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a thin brown layer of creamy bubbles on top. Hints of chocolate in the aroma, but the robust roasted barley character leaves the impression that this will be a very dry brew. Robust, moderately dry body with balancing bitterness. A solid imperial stout--full bodied and deep, but certainly not over the top, and with a warming character--though the alcohol is nicely masked. Also, as omhper notes--it has a noticeably salty attribute that endures as the aftertaste--quite peculiar--and toward the last sip, annoying.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color, medium/large head. Heavily roasted malts, medium hops. Slightly sweet, nice malts. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
omhper (18366) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Salty, powerful and very bitter.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate 12/23/01: Deep dark brown to black color, heavy brown chocolate head and decent lace. Nose is scented and roasted barley, start is richly sweet, the middle medium to full, creamy complex, the finish is dry, some what hop bitter, but quite quaffable, ’A Stout Lovers Stout.
ridric (10) - Pleasanton, California, USA - JAN 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great color and taste. Nice hops. A premium stout.