bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from brickskeller. aroma: roast, some higher alcohols. flavor: starts hugely roasty, caramel, finishes pretty dry, with hops dominating a still noticable alcohol taste. not bad, but the booze isn’t hidden well enough for my tastes.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Label looks old-school and understated. Very dark, rich, tasty brew. Roasted toffee flavor and a subtle sweetness balanced with a good alcohol presence. Overall, a delicious imperial stout. Thanks CaptainCougar!
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer very much! Nice dark-opaque coffee color with a bit of a bitter-sweet. Loaded with hops and balanced well with a cherry-chocolate like flavor. Very nice!
tomciccateri (1019) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A great rendition, with the mellow roasted aroma and full mouthfeel concealing the big hop presence. A very rich but well-balanced flavor profile where you sense the alcohol long after the lasting chocolatty finish fades.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter, large tark tan head, aroma of sweet chocolate and toffee. Taste of roasty malts, chocoalte and coffee, more hop bitterness than most imperials. Apart from the hop bitterness, this is not as intense of a brew as expected.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great IMPY this is. I can’t say enough besides it’s so well balanced that it’s easy to knock off a few bombers and not really notice it until you’re on the floor. Kudo’s to Great Divide for a great stout and great overall beer.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting, smack you in the back of the head kind of stout. Tons of hops in an imperial stout. Totally a different animal for me. Like coffee and chocolate aftertones, but the majority is hops.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice, thick black. Poured and smelled like a nice solid impy. However, had I not poured this myself I would sworn that this was the worlds darkest APA. The hop character was HUGE for a beer this dark. It completely blew away the roast and coffee flavors. Perfect stout for the hopheads, but i wasn’t all that impressed
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer was black in color with a good chocolate head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma that stood out was of the roasted malts in this beer. Alcohol presence seamed to be the flavor but near the end of beer got a taste of a sweet caramel flavor. Easy on the palate, a good beer.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a awesome chocolate head and lacing.
Aroma is heavy with roasty malt, chocolate and a hint of alcohol.
Flavor is roast, smoke,sweet malt with a slight alcohol finish.