loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1999 bottle: Pours black with no head. The aroma is of very strong alcohol, cherries, sweet/fruity, licorice. The flavor was very alcoholic at first. As it warmed the flavor became milder and the sweet, roasted side came out. The feel was a little too thin and flat. Wet finish with a subtle sourness. Not my favorite Imperial, but very unique. In some respects it reminded me of Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (23%ABV.)
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999 vintage. Thick as ink and difficult to get open. Pours a dense black liquid that smells strongly of oak and black currant. Sour but too much, kind of like a mellow Flemish Ale. If you can find one, and you aren't some wuss afraid of stouts that are proud to carry the name "Stout", then get your hands on one.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2003
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 2000 Vintage. Blackest black with a small brown head. Aroma of alcohol, vinegar and some roast. Flavor of vineger and roasted malts. At first this seems really disgusting, but by the end of the bottle its tolerable.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very assertive aroma and a dark, thick color. Quite bitter with black malt. Lots of soy characteristic in this bottle. Slightly thin, but also quite complex. A fuller mouthfeel would do this beer wonders; overall, enjoyable.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma literally kicks you in the ass it's so overpowering with malt. Color was dark and syrupy, almost evil. The beer itself was assertive. It almost steps on your tongue as if to say, "Hello! I'm here!" Overtones were meaty and salty. I'd like to try this one with a good steak.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2003 Interesting color: a dark and deep purple-black. Interesting aroma, hardly any carbonation, a little head. What a strange flavor, roasty and sour at the same time. Almost like a wine with its vinegar aftertaste. A little harsh in the end but complex. Very different...makes me wonder, Is this a good bottle?? Probably won't try this again for a few years.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the name of all that is holy, what in god's name was the deal with the cork all about. Ok...so first i lost my corkscrew in the move, so that kinda left me between a rock and cork place. So first i tried picking at it with a knife...yeah...that didnt work. So a friend of mine gave me the idea to poke it through with a screwdriver. Well....KABOOOOOOOOOOM! Im now the only person in america with their very own A le Coq Keyboard, computer, t shirt, floor, etc...ha ha. Anyways, finally got the goddamn thing open, it poured a blackened vile thing with a brownish orange head. The aroma was entracing with heavy alcohol, wood, malt, roast, and resiny vinous cherries and plum being apparent...black currants. The taste is very alcoholic and heavily black curranty. Extremely aged feel, very little carbonation, and a nice roastiness. Well worth the trouble of opening the bottle, but for the sake of beer, i gotta get me a corkscrew...that was just crap-fuckin-tacular...and i dont want that to happen again!
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
- 1999 version; dark, black color with very little head, aroma is filled with alcohol mixed with the smell of roasted malt and a fruity sweetness; taste is very strong, rich roasted malt and coffee, a bitter sourness as well, syrupy with a medium texture, complex flavors – alcohol can be tasted as well a touch of fruitiness, salty and oily
pivo (2660) - GERMANY - FEB 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2001: Cherrys in the nose with alcohol - like blackberry brandy. Opaque black color and a dark tan head that is frothy like on a coffee. Toasted malt with chocolate tones in the middle. Has a medicinal sour milk astringency that taints the whole experience. Off balance. I just wasn't convinced.
evinal (49) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 1999-Poured a thick deep burgundy. No head to speak of. I enjoyed the mild aroma of chocolat, molasses and raisins. Wished the wonderful scent would carry over to the taste. A bit harsh. creamy texture. Alchoholic finish. For $6 a bottle. Ive had better.