mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000 bottling: lovely corked bottle. pours black as night, a thin ring of tan bubbles was the only reward I got for pouring six inches from the glass. woody, vinous, cherry-ish, almost lambic-like aroma. one sip spreads over the whole mouth, virtually no carbo. flavours of chewy roasted malt, molasses, cherries, prunes, tobacco, red wine and alcohol with mild hints of medicine and ’merde du lapins’. extremely complex. delicious. thank you indra!
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong stuff to be sure. Aroma of alcohol. Taste of molasse and soy. Very dry after taste.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2003 Psych Prof is right on in his description of soy and sea salt. However, I find the main flavor to be chewing tobacco: rich molasses over tobacco with a nicotine sting. Exactly like Lancaster chewing tobacco, a brand I used to chew as a kid. No carbonation and no head. Aroma is terribly complex prune, molasses wine, but not something I find terribly inviting. Noble and complex, but no fun at all.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2003 I can't believe this one! The single most wine-like, intensely beautiful standard-ish imperial I've had. Most imperials, for me, are a rare beer...I like them but couldn't have them often. Not so with this mysterious beauty. Soy, sea salt, red wine grapiness, some traditional malt sweetness (but it's different), alcohol is perfectly cloaked. Unbelievably smooth throughout the whole experience!
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No Head at all. Black as used motor oil. Very salty. Not like anything i’ve ever tated in a Imperial Stout. Tastes thick. Smells and tastes of Worcestershire sauce.
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very unique. My first impression was its similarities to wine. Slightly tart. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. I can’t discern many stout-like qualities aside from the color. Very dark, no head. Very little carbonation. I probably won’t drink this often.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Banana and alcohol notes in the aroma. Loses points on the appearance due to the complete lack of a head. The banana notes are also present in the flavor, along with a faint tartness, and a noticeable reduction in the coffee that dominates many imperials. It has an intriguing buttery palate similar to a red wine. This is one of the more interesting beers I’ve had in a while.
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Its like..how much more black could it be, and the answer is none…none more black. No head and very little condition. Vinous and woody aromas with hints of alcohol and licorice. Quite tart in the mouth with a balancing chocolate and licorice note, and a chocolate bitterness in the tarry, throat coating finish. Not as good as I expected but still good enough.
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): Headless, one of the darkest. Big alcohol and fruitiness makes it smell a little like banana bread soaked in wine. This is a very nice aroma. Very-wine like buttery mouthfeel. Very dry, very unusual. Coffee and dark chocolate also present.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit of a shock, not for novices, brace yourself beer at first. Needs a couple of sips to focus your tastebuds. Far out in every aspect, not a beer that holds back anywhere. Pitch black, no foam (why???), like a cup of motor oil. Many similarities in flavor and aroma: sherry, fruit, marzipan, nutty. Grips onto the palate and lingers well. Fairly dry and bitter in the finish. One of those awesome beers that I wouldn’t drink again for a while.