meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This came in a 22oz Bomber with and old western looking label to go with the Maverick theme. Pours a rich black color with a good sized tan foamy head about half an inch high. Not good retention as it quickly faded and there was not much lacing or signs of its existence afterwards. The aroma is of dark chocolate and espresso coffee with a slight hint of hops. There are also notes of dark fruit that seemed to emerge as I drank this. Very similar in taste to the aroma as the chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. The chocolate is a bittersweet one with and there are also notes of roasted malts. The hops are present but not too bitter and there are no signs of the alcohol. About a medium body on this beer with fairly good drinkability. This is a very smooth and complex imperial stout and is highly recommended.
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Along the lines of Stone Impy, which is never a bad thing. Black, nice, long lasting dark tan head, amazing lacing. Aroma is of pine with slight chocolate notes, very nice and up front. Full onslaught in the mouth, roasty, notes of chocolate, with a piney hop finish. That pepsin flavor that I love. This is my kind of Imperial Stout! Great balance between malt and hop. I quiver at the thought of an oak aged version. Perhaps not quite as complex as others, but still a mighty fine brew.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/13/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, sampled courtesy of argo0 on RateBeer 11/13/04. Pours an opaque black with deep brown edges. Chunky dark brown head, strangely disconnected from the beer-- not tied down, but more like itís floating on a film on the top. Lacing is spotty but decent-- sort of falls apart, and itís totally uneven. Aroma is very dark, earthy and roasty with a touch of mushroom. Very prominent and very nice, very hoppy for an imperial stout. Flavor has too much burnt acid-- holy shit!-- overroast. Itís impressive if not entirely enjoyable. Lots of hoppy charcoal bitterness, scalded coffee, and some very dark chocolate. Medium-full body with mouthwatering dryness. Finish has awesome complexity of dark malt, roast, charcoal, and a touch of exotic mushrooms. Alcohol is apparent but not to the degree that itís off-putting. Leaves a sticky residue on the lips. A very good, certainly very impressive beer, but there are a few areas where it doesnít quite come together (head, lacing) , and a few characteristics (super-roast, burnt acidity) that overwhelm and donít quite agree with me. Iíd like to try it after a few years of aging.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle. Thick black brew, no head, great carbonation. Chewy texture, lots of hops for an Imperial Stout, awesome roasted malts. Overall, however, too hoppy and too chewy for me. Prefer silkier Imperial Stouts.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a rusty thick head. backers chocolate, french roast coffee, herbal hoppyness and a touch of black licorish. Dry snow, dark fruit cordial, and a touch of raison and dark chocolate in the finish with snow and current.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted with some chocolate. It had less coffee than i expected. when swirled it left a tan oily film on the glass. Flavor is roasty, sweet, bittersweet chocolate with some soy sauce tang at the very end. Finished with hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. Medium bodied.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my favorit of I.S. but pretty good nonetheless. Not as hoppy as i came to expect while reading other ratings. Lots of coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts mostly blasted my taste buds. Caramel hints swirled in the mix too.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
licorice, raisin, port, milk chocolate, dark plum , and grass dance throughout the nose like John travolta in Grease....the beer was black as black is and was covered by a medly of small and medium sized frothy bubbles...Hoppy intro, especially for an imperial stout...and this is followed by chocolate raisin...damn this is one bitter stout....with a lot of roasty notes too...too many for an imperial stout.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Bottle. Black body with a very attractive thick brown head. I was about to call this an "ordinary" imperial stout until I really got down with the hops in this guy. Itís hard to tell exactly what they are because well-balanced with a truckload of chocolate and roast malt. Thereís a strong effervescence in the finish, I think itís a combination of hops and alcohol.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle (2003 Yeti version): gorgeous pour -> incredibly opaque black, with a fluffy, tight dark red-brown head. Red-gold lace. Pungent aroma of campfire, tar, burnt vanilla beans, melted dark chocolate, maple infused sap, and just a whisper of the American hops. Wicked flavour of bitter, piney coffee, chocolate milk, molasses, charred oak, and black cherry skins. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and all around sticky, but is missing the velvety carbonation evident in the best examples. Ah, hop burpsÖhops definitely dominate and actually the palate gets pretty acidic, but the overall flavours make this one truly interesting and greatly enjoyable.