beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a medium tan head that stays around. Rich roasted coffee and chocolate aroma with some slight fruit and spice esters. This beer has a smooth body with a decent weight on the palate, not extremely thick like some imperial stouts. The aftertaste trails off with a fairly big bitterness and light acidity.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a tan, frothy head. Smooth, creamy body; not very heavy or syrupy. Roasted malts, chalky chocolate, nuts, and some aromatic alcohol. Big hops ... grassy and a little pine-like. Some citrus as well. Overall, I found it to be pretty decent, but it didn’t seem very complex or exciting.
Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Blah. Nothing Imperial about this one. Sourish, watery, boring.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle. Black color with a low-level, filmy tan head. Not a lot of hop aromatics in the nose (which is a good thing) and the malt aromatics are not exactly unpleasant but not really pleasant either. Hints of dried fruits, cocoa and abrasive hops in the nose. Strong, malty flavor, but very burnt and coffee-like and equally fruity, but not vinous with a banana infused yeast contribution. I expected more from Full Sail. This is pretty amateurish.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Portland City Grill, bomber. Pours a dark reddish brown, no head at all. Aroma was light coffee, but need to reevaluate outside of a bar. Taste is dominated by a strong chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt combination. Also some coffee in there. Finish brings bitterness and more roasted malt. Palate was thick, viscous and quite oily. Very good beer, I need to get another chance at it.