Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beers score was probably hurt by the fact that it was tatsed with Expedition Stout, however, I found it too be too sweet, and syrupy and needed some more time to meld into a complexity of flavours that I expect from my imperials. It could probably use some more hop flavouring too.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DARK, sweet and not as spicy as most imperial stouts, but way more creamy, decent
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super black with a thin ring of cocoa head, left an almost clear lacing along the sides of the glass. Roasty and sweet at first, palate was mostly smooth - sometimes chalky and grainy, some dark fruit flavors, then dry and warm with alcohol at the finish
Indra (2621) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intriguing aroma, vinous, well-roasted and slightly salty, with notes of molasses, dark chocolate and espresso, faintly floral background and a hint of charry wood. Completely black and opaque, with a very slight medium brown head. Flavor is comprised of semi-sweet chocolate, highly roasted coffee, toffeeish sweetness, licorice and a touch of spicy, floral hoppiness. Bittersweet, roasty finish. Smooth, almost syrupy texture, becoming noticeably grainy. Satisfying.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very black with a small tan head. Roasted aroma. Flavor of roast and milk chocolate. Very smooth and creamy.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer currently is listed at 10 %, so I don't know if it varys from year to year. This beer poured pitch black with no light getting through it's dark soul whatsoever. It formed a dark tan head that left circular lace as it subsided. The aroma was of malt, chocolate and coffee with a slight hint of dark fruit. The flavor was of malt and chocolate. The finish was a medium body with a slightly burnt chocolate aspect to it. Not as much going on as some others like Bell's or Stone, but a fine imperial nonetheless.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a dark opaque body with a large head of dark brown bubbles. It had a strong coffee aroma as well as a very heavy strong coffee flavor with a very smooth finish.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one starts out with a really nice appearance. I love a stout with a great looking, dark brown head to it...it just seems to scream of rich depth to come. The aroma is also quite nice, though can't quite measure up to the look of the beer. The flavor is good, but not quite as potent as some imperials. Has a good "roasty" flavor to it. This is a pretty nice Imperial, but not QUITE one of the greats.
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and smooth. You know, even when (or maybe especially apparent when) you don't have the best example of the style, there are just some styles that beat others. Dark head--how many are as dark as this, even among imperials stouts? Oily palate. Not a hugely roasted flavor, it is a slightly floral imperial stout. (on tap, Clark Street Ale House, Chicago, IL)
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick and black with a brown thick head ... much more carbonation going on here than many Imperials. Plenty of plums, chocolate, roastedness and rich leather going on in the aroma. First sip, wonderful warmth, but ooh so bitter ... maybe more than should be. This beer becomes more drinkable as it warms. Rich, toffee, chocolate, roastedness, and hop bitterness, this is a very good beer that hides its potency well.