iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Pours nice and thick into the glass, minimal head. Deeply roasted aroma with a good amount of chocolate, as well as fruits like pears and plums. Very kind to the palate: spicy flavours with a milky mouth feel. Good bitter notes as well and a wonderful finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholic soy aroma heavy on roasted coffee beans. Tick oily mouthfeel with some burnt chocolatey sweetness. Not very complex and the alcoholic burn is evident in the finish. Overall a pretty good imperial stout, but not world-class.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2010 Wow...I rated this beer seven years ago today, and I happen to have a bottle in my tulip snifter that begs for a re-rate. So, here it is. Charcoal black pour, thick dissipating to medium clumping, ochre to light brown head. Rich nose of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits (red grape, plum) and hints of smoke. Soft, silky body with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and vinous characters, with a biting woody acidity in the finish. Very good but not upper echelon material.
Previous rating. 6 February 2003: This is a warming, rich, chocolatey beverage that begs to replace your fireplace. The Imperial Stouts are a diverse bunch...this one is definitely not the syrupy beast that is Bell’s Expedition Stout, but holds its own against the likes of Victory Storm King stout. 8-5-8-4-16 (4.1).
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet chocolate malt dominates the aroma. There is a strong roasted malt presence, also black malt. THe bitterness comes through as well, especially with a dry finish. Very smooth beer and sweet to drink. Lacking a little complexity
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black color. Small head. Aroma is chocolate. Dark roasted malts. Choclately and slightly sweet. Nice balanced. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very black, full and round, a bit of chalk, very deep roasty, a bit of basement, strongly bitter finish, prunes and a bit of port.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like motor oil. Very thick. No head. Slightly fruity aroma. Some roast aroma. I get green olives in the nose. Strange. Very chocolately flavor. A big stout, not much roast though. Some alcohol. A bit one-dimensional, with chocolate standing way out in front. Very slight coffee flavor.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2004 Not a very strong aroma, almost no head. Its pretty thick and dark, rich coffee and other burnt sweet flavours. It has character and its not bad, but its hard to compete with Bell's stouts... I had this again a few days ago and the aroma was fantastic, rich with sweet chocolate notes and smoothed over with a few espresso shots, and I just thought that I should upgrade it accordingly (also makes a mean stout shake).
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The aroma is acrid and loaded with black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee liqueur, vanilla and butterscotch. A very light note of mesquite. This stout pours thick and black as midnight on All Hallow’s Eve. No light makes its way through the snifter, not even that emitted from a high powered halogen bulb. Small, brown head. Quickly and fully diminishing. Leaves interesting lacework.
The flavor is of thick, rich milk chocolate and a hint of black licorice up front. Gushing with thick, rich, semi-sweet malts. Well-balanced on the backside with the hop addition kicking in and evening out the flavor. The alcohol is very well disguised. Full-bodied with a very thick, creamy mouthfeel and soft, smooth carbonation. A lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Another great offering from RainDog. Thanks Dog!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2003 Aroma of roast malts. Jet black in appears with little head. It is complex. I can taste chocolate, coffee and mostly the roasted malt. Not much favor of hops. I really liked this one I hope to have it again.