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.
Ughsmash (7464) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Batch 4 (Nov. 2002), kindly shared by David! Poured black with a tall, deep, well-retained dark brown head.. just lovely!, with intricate lacing following it down. The aroma was of rich dark chocolates delicately intertwined with darker grapes.. some sherry was also present, and the oak made itself known.. the vinous presence was greater than anticipated, but was fantastic!
The flavor was also rich, with well-roasted darker chocolates and heavy vinous notes at the core.. sherry and increasing vinous notes ride out the roasty finish with drier chocolates and cocoa.. this was like candy to me! The body was not much heftier than medium-bodied, but filled out a bit as the drink progressed.. great roast and barrel influence!.. creamy middle balanced well with sour oaky accents. Brilliant!
drowland (7348) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled via a very generous man at RBWG 2010! The aroma and flavor are very sweet and fruity, but the background in there is dark, malty, ashy, and more.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Batch 4, rerate on 8/26/06: Pours a dark black opaque with a dark tan/brownish frothy head. Sweet dark malty and fruity grapey aroma has nice oaky complexity. Body starts with a smooth, full chocolatey and slightly tart oaky fruity flavor toward a nicely balanced, bittersweet finish. Mildly oxidized, but otherwise has aged well.
Batch 4 rated on 7/2/2003: Rich dark black with a good tan head. Thick, lightly roasted bourbon wine aroma. Sweet, dark, fruity alcoholic flavor with some light sourness. Good complexity throughout and a warming finish. A good imperial stout, but I think there’s too much bourbon flavor. Unique nonetheless.
after4ever (7044) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Bottle, ’02. Pours adamantine black with a thin filmy beige head. Highly vinous nose; plums, cherries, black bread, and plenty of tart red wine grapes puckering up the nostrils. Big rich flavors right from the attack--more of everything that’s on the nose. Thick and oily, low-low carb, very satisfying sipping beer. Incredibly complex and interesting.
750, capped, ’02, sampled March 08. This beer has now gone over. Still oily and creamy and well-carbed, but the buggy sourness is very prominent. Bummer. Maybe they’re not all like this.
Ernest (7025) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2001 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is absolutely opaque black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (roasted grain, chocolate), with notes of licorice, milk, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pretty mild and unexciting aroma...flavor balance is decent and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden considering the amount. But clearly not one of the better Imperials and surprised to see this so highly rated.
Radek Kliber (6869) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, almost black, got some head, nothing great here. Low acidic content, coffee certainly present but not overly exposed, not that bad in aftertaste. I liked yes, but what’s the fuss about ? Am I the only one?
PorterPounder (6702) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 4 - 11/2002 - Bought at the Fishbowl Brewpub. It takes balls to put the King of the Sea on your bottle of stout and they deserve to get away with it. Pours a murky caramel colored head with extra duty lacing. The aroma is sweet and pungent - like a fine port - intoxicating. Palate - oily and silky. Every sip is like a shot of fine liqueur. Meant to be savored and swished around the mouth. Flavor is syrupy sweet but not sickenly so, chocolate, maple syrup, roasted coffee - its all in there and blended together nicely. Also makes a good addition to your morning coffee the day after!
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2005 Bottle (2001) pours black as space, large light brown foamy head, with sticky lacing. Absolutely stunning aroma, vinous, woody (of Oak variety) and of heavily roasted malts. I can’t think of any Imperial Stout that has as such a wonderful aroma as this one. Picking up raisins, black cherries, and subtle chocolate notes, as well as the oaken casks they were stored in. This is simply orgasmic!!! Flavor is utterly phenomenal, woody with a vinous quality. Roasted malts, yet not overly hopped, quite malty... finishing extremely smooth. Body and mouthfeel are utterly fantastic. So smooth... the ABV is completely undetectable. I’d say this is as good as
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I am completely blown away by this. Words cannot describe how fantastic this is. Finishes smooth, woody, chocolate notes, roasted malts, with a lovely vinous quality. For those that are put off by anything remotely related to wine may not like it, but the blending of this brew in Cabernet Wine casks is utterly phenomenal. I cannot say enough good things about this brew. WOW
AmEricanbrew (6566) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 3. Black with a fleeting tan head. Smell is wet wood, vinous with blackened malts. Smooth mouthfeel with a port wine taste up front. Fairly complex taste after that with blackened malts, wet wood, red wine. Enjoyed this one. 21406