hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks!
It pours black and dense... Dark Lord dense!! Black Hole dense!!! Huge, light brown frothy head. Mostly lasting. No light, no matter how bright, could pass through this stout.
The aroma is different and complex. Oak-aged tawny port, Cabernet, licorice, must, earth and very light notes of evergreen. Surprisingly, I detected no chocolate or coffee in this dark wonder.
Flavors of burnt leaves, alcohol and tawny port. Liquid Autumn, basically.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, dry, very tangy finish. This is the most unusual and one of the more delightful imperial stouts I have tasted to date. Thumbs up! Thanks go out to hopsrus for this brew.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with friends, courtesy of ratman197. Thanks Ratman! Black appearance with a dark brown head. Tart, red fruity, vinous, tangy, dark roasty aroma. Sour, cherry, blackberry, vinous, charred, roasty malty flavor.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to puzzl for sharing this... I really thought that Iíd had this before, but I was either wrong or too stupid at the time to have entered the rating. Deep black pour with a thick tan head. The nose is intense. Lots of bright, rich, vineous character. A bit of cocoa and soft fruitiness through the middle. The barrel really shines here... not really vanilla/bourbon laden like so many others. Sweet chewy malt with a bit of dark cocoa and heavily toasted malt. A little bit of cherry and soft fruity hops. The age barely shows on this one, itís still got loads of time left in it. Lingering herbal finish.
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour big thanks to the Ratman, bottle from 2002. Dark brownish black pour with thin to no head, aroma brought big notes of tart grape and berry notes, hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee notes with a touch of roast. Taste is slightly tart with a a rather thin body, but nice chocolate and wine notes complement well into a bitter roasted malt and slightly sweet finish.
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Re-rating a bottle of 2002. The wine flavors completely mask anything that would resemble an imperial stout... no burnt malts, no licorice or smoke, just a small hint of chocolate. The sweetness of the oak wine casks is a pain.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to footbalm for this. Pours jet black with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, dark fruit (cherries), licorice, prunes, cognac. Tastes roasty malty, extremely dark fruity, with a big cherry element at the finish, along with hcocolate and some soy sauce. Smooth, dense palate. Well hidden alcohol. To me, this one is 1 part GD Yeti, 1 part Weyerbacher Raspy Impy, and 1 part Stone RIS. All parts are delicious.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Munificent grapes and their alcohol find warm residence in the thick roastiness of the malts and their oily dark chocolate...Yeasty fruitiness is grounded by a few marshmallows and the vinous personality elevates it to near-decadence...If not for the pinch of saltiness in the end, the barrel-aging is very well-done and personable...A somber elixir to christen the most devilish winter evenings...
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
shared a 2002 bottle of this with duff as a nightcap. pretty black, full aroma of ash, molasses, golden syrup, plum and generic woodiness. loads of soy sauce flavour that caught me by surprise and made it hard to appreciate the lighter brownie, red grape and sour cherry flavours. pretty big and scary but not that pleasant to actually drink
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage. 0.75L bottle shared with Degarth and crizay. Courtesy of Degarth. This is one of several beers Iíve always wanted to try and figured Iíd never get a chance. Thatís has happened a couple of times this month.
Poured black with beautiful multi hued brown spectrum head. The aroma is intense with sweet molasses and chocolate malts. As time passes and the beer warms the tart and sour red wine like aroma begins to dominate. The first flavor I get is the tart red wine grape and sourness from the barrel. More tart than sour. At the same time thereís some malty sweetness as an undercurrent just below and on top thereís a subtle fruitiness. As the taste progresses the malty sweetness of molasses and maybe toffee begin to arrest the flavor away from the tart and sour wine regime. Just past midway a chocolate note surfaces. The beer finishes smooth. In the after taste I get sweet toffee and then later it is sort of a red wine sweet grape note. Delicious beer. Thanks Degarth.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black as black can be. Modest head. Oily appearance. Very vinous aroma, with smoky malt, a touch of dark chocolate and masses of woody notes - maybe a touch of oxidation (not in an off way). Flavour is more wood, balsamic vinegar and licorice. A bit too woody if anything. Slightly tart, lactic edge on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Not the richest mouthfeel, even a bit reminiscent of an Old Ale. I found the beer very interesting - good, but not great. Bottle, post DC gathering.