Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet port-like cherry nose. No head till I splashed once too much then a dark brown head appeared slightly. Cherry, chocolate, cocoa chewy mouthfeel. Espresso, maple, lots happening here. Oh, and warming alcohol. Definetly a sipper. Wow-thanks again alcfron!
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drunk out of a Chimay glass. Pitch black, no carbonation, no head. Strong Hershey’s chocolate syrup flavor. I need to sip this before it makes me start crawling. A taste treat I couldn’t handle much of but on special occasions. Thanks to austinpowers for this beauty.
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Re-rate... Bottle... 2003 (18%)... This beer rocks!... What a gem! So close to being "perfect"! Impenetrably black with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Good lacework. Light can’t even penetrate the cellophane-thin coating of beer on the side of the glass as the liquid within is swirled. Poor retention, but a thin layer of wispy, stratus-like head remains atop the beer throughout.
The nose is of shoe polish, tire rubber, used motor oil, alcohol and sweaty socks... but in a good way! ;-)
Extremely well-balanced by the hops and alcohol. More balance than most beers with less than half this one’s ABV.
Flavors of espresso, smoke, wood and earth. Ridiculously full-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish! As good as 2001’s batch was, this year’s batch kicks it’s ass... and mine too. Goodnight. It’s lights-out for me!...
<<>> Bottle... 2001 (18%)
This beer rocks!...
The aroma is malty and sweet. Espresso and dark chocolate. Slight burn in the nose from the ridiculously high ABV.
Total lack of color. Pitch Black. Medium sized, creamy, tan head. Completely lasting with excellent lacing.
Malty and "SIPPIN’ SWEET." An afterthought of bitterness. HUGE CHOCOLATE and WARM ALCOHOL. Notes of vanilla and coffee.
Creamy mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Full-bodied. Medium length bitter-sweet finish. Awesome Imperial Stout!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Number 200. Continuing the Angels victory celebration. Poured with virtually no head. At its best it was 1/8’ and disappearing quick. Dark as night and very thick. Alcohol is hidden flawlessly. I think this has been described by many more verbose than me so I will leave it as this is a must try. Theres a reason it rates where it does and you’ll have to try it to understand.Many THANKS to hoprus for this gem!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2004 Pours like I expected, black body with a thin tan head. Sweet, sort of a concentrated dark berry malt. There's a twinge of coffee roast, but it focuses mainly on the fruity side of things. Alcohol is present as well. My mind sees a purple lump. The flavor is massive, start with those same dark berries along with woody dryness and bourbony liquor stickiness. The finish is essentially the same as the start of the flavor with the exception of a suprisingly small alcohol twinge. I was about to declare this stuff as a bit over the top, but If you take it slowly taking small sips it's pretty damn enjoyable. Great job of masking the alcohol!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man. Have I been looking for this beer for a long time? Well, since I really understood what beer was, this was on the top of my "Must Have" list. I’ve finally found it a year and a half later. Extremely dark with no head, not even a bubble came through. The nose was very sweet with fruit and wine being the most dominate. In the flavor, the nose of sweet fruit (black currant, grape, prunes) and port wine is complimented by some chocolate and malt. Curiously, I the roasted qualities common in most stouts, Imperial or otherwise, were seemingly low. Usually these are so pronouced. This time they were there, but lightly so. I really enjoyed this one very much. Thanks be to the Clark Street Ale House.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is one of the few beers that makes a person’s jaw drop. Jet black in color and as thick as motor oil. The drinkablility is remarkable for a beer with 18%abv. I hear that next year’s version will be 21%abv.
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great beer. This is the perfect after dinner beer. So full in body and flavor. There are wonderful chocolate and roasted malt flavors in this beer that almost make me think of a port wine. AWSOME!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What better choice for beer #666 than this work of the Devil? Pours not-quite-black, molasses-like, very still but with a tiny small-bubbling head. Aroma is certainly strong, though I’ve met stronger ones; coffee, licorice and brandy seem to dominate. Let it warm up! Flavor is what knocked me out, thick, espresso-dark chocolate, hint of orange, almonds, and roasted grain. The alcohol really doesn’t taste any stronger than the usual (admittedly strong) Imperial Stout, and that is truly impressive. Hops come into play at the end, which is very smooth yet impressive and memorable. Not as sweet as I was expecting, very well-balanced. Not sure that this is any better than the vaunted Bells Expedition, or the unknown McNeills, but it is at least on the same level, and that is praise enough!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 GIBF 2003 (18.8% version): A huge crowd gathered to drink the 5 gallons that were brought to the festival. My rating this time looks like the old one, but I did notice some licorice in the aroma, and the alcohol sweetness was more than I remembered it. I'm glad that they are back to this version. Old rating, 12 OZ bottle: The beer is jet black with little carbonation. The aroma pulls no punches with its over-the-top coffee, alcohol, and chocolate malt. Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel, with a heavy roasted flavor. Hints of spices and fruits abound. The 18% ABV was very well hidden. A true masterpiece.