williamstome (1324) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, brown head. Big blackberry aroma, flavor of chocolate, blackberry, subtle roast. Full body, sweet finish. Wow.
Damico (2892) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this held up amazingly after 13 years! Pours thick dark blackish coffee with a great creamy dark caramel colored head. Aroma brings complex oaky and chocolatey roast burnt caramel smooth and leathery characters. Flavor brings cocoa espresso holding up so well on a full body with minimal oxidation with some settling pleasant caramel notes.
GothGargoyle (1689) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #3 (2001). Dark brown with a good brown head. Aroma is liquorice, chocolate, dark fruits. Sticky mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate with a hint of umami on the finish. Taste is anise, chocolate, raisins, prunes. Yum.
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share taster. 2001. Super black with an everlasting, creamy, tan cap. WTF?! Aroma of raisin, chocolate, licorice, bourbon. Taste is sweet, and chased with a good sticky, dry mouth.
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. 2002 vintage. Black pour with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is similar with a few additions. I get some chocolate and roasted malt notes as well as some dark fruit, red wine, oak and alcohol. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Great beer.
thirdeye11 (5779) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle 2002 vintage) deep espresso brown, creamy dark tan head. Nose of cabernet, light oxidation, cream, oats, moss, oak, esters, honey, rich chocolate, candied orange peel. Taste is roasty, candied orange, sweet, cabernet barrel, grape, rich chocolate, exceptionally unique beer, never had one like it.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 4, bottled Nov 2002, thanks Chad!
Unmistakeable oranges. Deeply roasted, lightly fruity booze character, barrels impart unique complexity. Quite interesting and delicious.
poisoneddwarf (1951) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml green bottle. Batch #2, vintage 2000. So my brother has had this beer [along with Batch #1, vintage 1999 and Batch #1 and 2 of Leviathan] in his fluctuating temperature garage for over ten years. A few years ago, we decided to start cellaring it at a normal temp. We had nothing better to do tonight, so we decided to rate them. Poseidon pours opaque black with a long-sustaining tan head. Aroma is woody, wine grapes, toasted coconut. Taste is sweet and a little sour (from the wine grapes, maybe?); finishes with a tannic bitterness. Nice creamy mouthfeel, fairly soft carbonation. To be honest, I was expecting a piece of shit! It definitely wasn’t cellared properly for most of its life. What a nice surprise. This was really tasty.
brenn79 (1723) - Idaho, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle, batch #2 2000 vintage- Pours pitch black with a surprisingly one inch mocha colored head. Aroma is totally wine grapes, oak and chocolate. Taste is oak, chocolate and wine grapes again, very good for it’s age, in fact close to excellent. Body is full and carbonation is average. I can not believe how this beer has aged, wonderful. I didn’t even age this properly, before my Ratebeer days I wasn’t in the know on how to store beer, so it stayed in my garage, temperature fluctuation from season to season, I have a bottle of batch #1 of this beer, not sure whether to drink it or sell it!
newcigarz (43) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge thanks to 50belair for providing this bottle. Thanks Matt! What an amazing imperial stout for being 12 years old. Big wine notes mix with deep rich chocolate. Great mouth feel. Just an absolute pleasure to drink.