Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Totally black pour with zero head. Nose is chocolate cake, pine, roasted malt and alcohol. There is a reverse cascade to this. Taste is full of rich sticky big hops and even more chocolate. A great beer to get the kids into craft beers. As hoppy an Imperial Stout that’s out there.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Way roasty and some anise. Figs, prune smell. Ultra black, dark brown head. Taste: bitter, coffee, anise, BIG mouthfeel, some alcohol. Starts oily, finishes roasty and watery. Alright...too roasty though. Thanks to Eyedrinkale!
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.23.04 Bottle courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Black and oily-thick. Beautiful, brown, ample head. Hoppy-roasty aroma that shows off a powerful alcohol presence. Hints of pineapple? Smokey and malty up front, big, ripe dark fruits dipped in a resin fondue. Tobacco notes before and after a big hoppy finish. Lovely beer that I need more of. Thanks again, Mike!
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Eyedrinkale. Deep dark brown in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Malty. Full bodied. . Smooth flavors. The roasty flavor lingers throughout the whole beer. Sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee like flavors and aroma. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
After having a whole bunch if different impy stouts recently, this one may be the best of the lot. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for supplying the bottle. Deep dark brown, tan head. Roasty chocolate alcohol aroma that makes you know this is a great brew. Big extremely smooth flavor. Sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Roasty bitterness lingers. This is fantastic!
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
boo on the snifter for tonight, i want my imperial stout in a shaker. (dont hate me). pours out dark with the orange tan colored head ive come to expect from imperials. the head is sorta like guiness, it just sits there and doesnt think about going away. has a smell of hops, and plenty of malts. coffee and toffee hints too. now to taste it......wow, bold, hoppy and a slight woody note make this a very good very drinkable imperial stout. goes down smooth, mouthfeel is thick rich and creamy. aftertaste is a nice lingering bitterness. this is a truly amazing imperial, and with any luck this will hit top 50 before too much longer. thanks like a MF brian!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. OIly black body capped with a 5mm dark beige head. The nose is suprisingly hoppy and smells like toffee. First flavors pulled out are roasted malt, toffee, hops, some caramel, and a little raisin/prune. Secondary flavor notes are cinnamon, pine, mint, grapefruit, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is very sharp and bitter. The finish in interesting-the front end is bitter-sweet like semi-sweet chocolate, but it gives way to a sharp bitterness. The piney/hoppy flavors come together and blend with the roasted malts in a very unique way. Overall a very clean balanced taste. My only complaint is that the bitterness, although good, almost is distracting from the overall taste.
TChrome (1399) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark completely opaque in color iwth a big light brown head that is completely retained. Aroma is very rich with molasses, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor is tremendously prodigous. Nice roasty beginning, with dark chocolate, and a wonderful dry hoppy finish. Delicous and readily available. Quite the two fer.
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. when i poured this i got excited. pitch black with a thin orange tan head. i was surprised by the hop aroma, definite pine aroma. flavor is interesting but good. starts with a bold bitter hop flavor the malty roast flavor follows with hints of toffee and roasted flavors. then it finishes with an enjoyable earthy hop taste. this is all done while maintaining a smooth drinkability. this is a really unique beer. kudos for the originality on this.
Maddog (377) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Again, like the Hercules, Maverick 2003, Imperial Stout is huge! Like all good Imperials, this one is roasty, big, bold, strong, and surprisingly hoppy. It is extremely opaque with a very dark tan almost brown creamy head. My last drink was sweet and oily, and boy did I have a nice warm, fuzzy feeling. What a beautiful brew.