edden (927) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cherry-black body with a thin chocolate head. sweet alcohol and malt aroma with notes of roasted coffee. sweet malt with some sourness to taste. roasted flavor with a hoppy bitterness. finish has evidence of alcohol with a tinge of black cherry to taste.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with a thin dark tan head. Some lacing.
Big chocolate and roasted aromas. Slightly smokey. Very roasted with some coffee as it warms!
Big, sweet malts. Dark fruits. Nice hop bite to finish but the sweet, dark malt flavor lingers. Alcohol is well hidden.
Big and full-bodied. Thick mouthfeel with a long finish.
BückDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color with a very tan/brown head, purty! Aroma is very fruity and lightly hoppy with some bitter coffee and chocolate shining through. Flavor is smooth with straight forward flavors and not that present of an alcohol background. Port and dark fruits shine through the most. Finishes with coffee and fruit. Very nice IS, Thanks Indra!
Sham (1846) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque. No head. Looks oily. Chocolate and roast malts, almost grape in the background. More of the same in the flavors, roast a bit more pronounced. Nice and creamy palate, and a great balance of flavors cover most traces of alcohol. Very good Imperial.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black opaque liquid with a small tight bubbled tan head. Roast/smoke aroma. Flavors of light coffee and dark chocolate: light oaken port qualities. Quite acidic in the finish. Touch of alcohol late. Well made, but just a strong stout. Side by side tasting with Arcadia.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark jet-black color, has a great tightly bubbled, creamy brown head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass. Sweet roasted chocolate, coffee and fruity aromas, sweet fruity plum-chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice burnt bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body with creamy and smooth, oily mouthfeel, alcohol really shows as it warms, I like it.
JorisPPattyn (7306) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black; deep brown, virtually purple (apt!) head, thick but dissipating. Nose with chocolate, but definitely blackcurrant wafts. Very slight tobacco and heavily roasted malt. In the taste, chocolate and coffee, very much of the latter. Burnt aftertaste, very slightly sulphury. Very heavy mouthfeel. Rich stout, but most Imperials are either more hoppy or deeper ripe-fruity.
thehoff (569) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Looks and smells like an Imperial Stout should. Dark black body with a tan chocolate colored head which diminished too quickly. Very rich flavor. Coffee, chocolate, nutty. Wonderful beer. Very nice for a beer from my birthplace. I can be proud of this. The aftertaste is simply bitter. Can't really taste the alcohol
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black color with a late-rising brown head. The aroma was full of dark fruits...plums and currants, slight roasted coffee, and a nice sourness. The flavor was more coffeish with some bitter chocolate tones in the aftertaste. Decent feel...thick, oily, but a little flat. Nice imperial.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2003 re-rate: leaves the bottle nearly black with barely any of its dark brown head to arise out of an increasingly faster pour. motor oil. i look like stalin when i hold this beer. so sweet (fruity/raisin & chocolate)... so good. it's a bit too flat, which I think adds to its nice and dictating texture.