HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of the finest imperial porters around, rich flavors of bitter chocolate with roasted, malty overtones, Assertive hop profile, nice and bitter, with citrusy aroma with a nice kick!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 As this “Bad Boy” sits in the glass a raven color with deep garnet high lights and the head Herculean in size, creamy in texture and a beauteous dark tan in color, as it evanesces a thick and glutinous blanket of lace forms to smother the glass. Deep roasted grain aroma with hints of coffee, sweet malt, quite fresh and crisp a real pleasant nose to be sure, start is thick malt and slightly sweet, top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is meek in its acidity, the hops powerful in their spiciness, slight alcohol bitterness at the bone dry after taste, seems to me with a little more body you could call this an Imperial Stout, a great drinking beer for a Friday night to end the work week, “Woo Hoo”!
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Manna from Heaven!! One of the best I’ve ever had. Darker then Darth Vader (with his mask on, of course) and just as evil when used irresponsibly. But I love it still...
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate/cocoa), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with light notes of alcohol, vanilla, plum. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly astringent. A bit tart for my liking, unimpressive mouthfeel, and aromatically straightforward for the most part. Ok though.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice coffee aroma, a thick creamy head that hangs on, very smooth throught the finish. Full Sail rocks!!
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 rerate: this is a much fresher sample. exp. date 7/20/02. aroma of espresso and nice roasted grains. Mouthfeel is creamy and simply delectable. Flavors are very much pronounced here; finishes with a very lovely burnt bitter chocolate/hop bite; leaves sticky residue on the lips. nice! One of the best porters I have had. For $7.59 a six pack, how can you beat it? I like the idea of this style. My bottle was 6 months outdated but I could definitely see this beers potential. Huge, sticky head, espresso middle with lingering hop bitter finish.
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 ReRate-22 oz bottle 2003. This was one of the first craft brews i ever had, but i didn't give it a justified writeup-pours 95% black. nice tan head that dissapeared very fast, but lasted along the rim of the snifter. nice hoppy arome along with the chocolate malts. long roasted finish with some piney hop notes. well balanced and solid.
drm49ers99 (4) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The name brings thoughts of rome, and african colinization. However the beer brings nothing but bliss. Chocolate Aroma with hints of brown sugar. Chocolatey with coffee, hops pop up to say hellow through out the beer. Crisp, satisfying and warming. Awsome
joet (2055) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice nose, sweet, bright roasty malty flavors. Robust coffee flavors, between a crisp and creamy mouthfeel, bitter roasty finish.