Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999 Vintage. Very dark color. Not much head, but what is there is a dark brown. Very vinous smell. Kind of an oily texture. Tastes like a wine at first, and moves to a soy sauce taste as it warms. Very salty.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vin.2000 This stuff is so dark in color i almost need a flashlight.Definately malty in aroma with a slight alcohol smell but very slight.Whoaaaa!!!!malty as hell in flavor, nearly no carbonation hints of chocolate and coffee with the emphasis on the coffee,Very full mouth feel like concrete thick.After taste is that of coffee with a mild bitterness to it.Definately a keeper this is something to age and try again at a later date.If you have the means i recommend getting one of these.It’s oh so good.
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Totally opaque, black colour. Aroma of syrah and licorice. Very complex, unbelievable, sweet and too bitter, coffee. Very long aftertaste. Interesting and very original but lacking of balance.
radiomgb (2518) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the darkest beer that I have ever seen. Poured with a minimal head, deep chocolate in colour. Looks like molasses in my glass, smells a little like it too. Very malty, thick mouth feel to it but smooth at the same time. This is a beautiful beer in every sense.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1999 vintage: Opaque colour, no head. Old, vinous aroma. Extremely vinous fruity flavour with a bit of razz. A bit smoky, possibly infected, not a huge fan.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The wine like character was obvious, sour overtones and a malt base. Alcohol is very noticible. There are other imperial stouts I enjoyed more.
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 (1277) - 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!