Dogbrick (11021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of From The Vine in Lewis Center, OH. 2003 Bottle: Pours a viscous black color with a thin milk chocolate-brown head. Very little head retention and thin lacing. Powerful alcohol in the nose right off the bat, with a nice underlying roasted malt and chocolate character. The body is big and rich, with a complex blend of chocolate, malt, coffee and plum in the flavor. The finish is where the light alcohol burn reminds you it hasn't gone anywhere since the initial whiff. There is some bitter coffee in the finish as well. Overall this is a really good Imperial that will be fantastic if aged a bit.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Welcome, one and all, to Suttree's first ever live beer tasting! Starting with aroma - first is the mere-ist whiff of alcohol, then a big chocolate fudge aroma, witha a hint of smoke. Appearance? Black, with ever so slight red hi-lites. What head is there is goes away quickly. Ahh, time to describe the flavor - Well, to start, there is the aforementioned fudge - thick and chocolately. Then some fruit, like plums and sherry. Familiar flavors of red wine and port pop up, some, to. Cakey flavors - vanilla and chocolate - are there, as well. it finishes with a hint of crispness, but not particularly dry. Continuing on - as it warms, earthy, but still mellow, tastes of caramel and toffee and espescially molassess begin to assert themselves. There is also a touch of honey, but the chocolate fudge flavor is the real flavor here. Eventually, a few coffee flavors come through. The palate is rich and what I expect from an Imperial. I can't remember what I rated the 23%, but i like this better. It kinda makes the 23 look like a parlor trick - "Look how high we can get the alcohol!" - but this is a real beer, well made and complex. Yes, it is that good.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had from bottle - 2003 release
The beer pours with no head or lacing and a strong aroma of alcohol and malt. Appearance is a very dark red. Taste is very sweet, syrupy with a strong flavoring of alcohol not masked very well. An enjoyable beer, but you really can't have too much as I had to split this one with a friend.
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMM...wonderful chocolate and alcohol nose, with chocolate covered fruits in the mouth. Nice hopiness which is able to come out from the thick onctuous beer.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn fine beer. Little to no head, lacing, or carbonation. Very smooth, but rather sweet. I would drink it again, but only one at a time. Nice beer!
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque with a dark brown minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, alcohol, toasted malt. Sweet. Tastes of chocolate and deep roasting. Mild hops add a nice finish that reminds me of roasted peanuts. Smooth, thick texture. My palate seems to be swinging away from sweet for the time being, but very enjoyable! Thank you Secret Santa!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 version. Dark, nearly black apperance with ruby tints. Aroma is of raisins and malts. Sweet roasty flavors, hints of chocolate. Very smooth on the palate. Finish is warm and dry. The 18% is masked wonderfully. A fantastic beer.
IFearNoBeer (15) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
18.8% 2003 batch. Good lordy, this stuff is serious. Pitch black in color, strong aroma of alcohol. Immediately rich, roasty, and not overly sweet.. but as soon as it goes down the hatch, the astringency singes the back of your throat. One 12oz bottle was certainly enough and I had to pace myself halfway through when it started "kicking in." It's easily drank too quickly. Bad news for a lightweight.
CapFlu (5096) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2003 Bottle) I believe this was listed as 19%. Brown, foamy head and opaque body. Been a long time I've been waiting for this - and I've in fantastic company: Hopscotch and Scraff. Nose of cask whiskey, port, coffee and raisins. Flacours flow from sweet to berry to vanilla. Excellent! Many thanks to Scraff for the long arms...
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the new batch (2003). Deep dark and delicious! Light carbonation. Aroma of alcohol, roast, and chocolate. Flavor starts as a nice Russian Imperial, then explodes with alcohol, vanilla, raisin and other stuff. Flavor lingers on the palate. Excellent evening of sipping with this one!. Have had other batches, but long ago. Stomped so many brain cells since then, I don't remember them very well for comparison.