foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, black, roasty as expected. It has this mysterious metallic tinge that makes it seem like I’m drinking blood. Not a bad imperial stout but it pales in comparison to Old Rasputin.
JorisPPattyn (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Absolutely tar-black beer; huge, slightly irregular moccha-brown head. Great (green)grapey-hoppy nose, charcoal, chopped wood, moss, fruity-yeasty, wet straw. Bitter, a tad harsh flavour, both from a shockwave of hops, but also from roasted malts/grains. Fruity flavours as from grapes, lytchee or other exotic fruit. Full bodied, slick, filling. Good "Imperial" stout, very fruity thanks to judicious use of hops, but not really outstanding.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am impressed, this is a very good Imp Stout. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt it has it all. Yet it is not super sweet, nice hop profile working here. You want black color it got it.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Maverick 22 oz bottle. Intense aroma - chocolate, coffee, caramel and toast give way to herbal and floral hops and ripe dark fruits. Opaque black color, quickly dissipating brown head. Big roasty flavor, lots of coffee and charcoal, chocolate and caramel in the middle, then a big hop flavor, really floral and fruity. Quite acidic, solid bitterness. Full bodied, lingering dry bitter finish, alcohol is almost imperceptible. Great American imperial stout - big, roasty, hoppy, and complex.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a brown head. Sweet nose, with a touch of chocolate, some grassy hops, toffee. Milky flavor, medium sweet, with roasted coffee, quite bitter. Oddly, the mouthfeel seems a bit watery.
jtw (1124) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
maverick, 2003 bottle. absolutely gorgeous deep black with a chocolate brown head. light carbonation. hugely roasty aroma, but also has some woody leafy hops notes--reminds me of oak leaves. intense combination of woody hops and roasty malt, with a touch of alcohol sensation. pretty damn good.
jgb9348 (4922) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Batch (Sampled under Maverick name):
Pitch black in colour, completely opaque with a nice thin light brown head. A nice look to a good old bottle. Aroma of cherries, strong coffee and bitter choclate (~70% cacao). Full-bodied; Strong roasted malt presence in the taste with a good chocolate and coffee taste following behind. The aftertaste shows a lot of the cherry character and some pit fruits, but it is more tart than I’d expect from an Imperial Stout. Overall, a nice beer, not as great for the style as i’ve tasted, but worth a try! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on Thanksgiving Thursday, 25-November-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Lubiere (10603) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black stout, thick and molassy. Nice hops and chocolate aroma. intense hops and rich chocolate, sweet malts. Alcohol burn, but rich bodied. (July 31 at Indiana Microbrewers Festival)
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a brown head. Mildly fruity, coffee-ish mocha-ish aroma. Silky smooth palate. Dryish, but also sweet. Familiar flavors of coffee and chocolate are there, of course, but also an appealing hop bite, like pine or even a citrus flavor. Very enjoyable.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this pours with an incredibly rich and frothy full brown colored head. The beer itself is, of course an opaque pitch black color. The aroma is quite surprising, it is not very strong at all, and after my first sniff nothing has really jumped out at me, perhaps a hint of port. It smells a bit of musty mild cheese, a hint of roasted coffee notes, and some alcohol, but that is it. The taste... well now, that is what I am expecting. All the power of this beer concentrates itself in the taste, after all what does a Yeti need with aromatics, it doesn’t want to be tracked down. The taste is full and creamy up front with concentrated notes of espresso and a solid hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is thick and viscous, just like it should be. The malty sweetness is hidden by the deep roast malt notes. I get notes of burnt caramel, leather, charcoal, burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. This is a good example of an Imperial stout, but like a brute it is nice and simple, but still packs a powerful wallop of roasted grain flavors.
This is certainly enjoyable, and I am quite glad that the beer is quite a bit more flavorable than the aroma suggests, perhaps my schnozz is not working quite as well as it should be.