3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Smells like vegetables. Thick, black, syrupy, sticky, and tasting a little fishy, with stale licorice, and sweet motor oil, if thatís possible.
MartinT (8262) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle at least 1.5 years old):
Oily soy amidst the sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Dryness is purported, along with shyness.
The sweetness of molasses and soy gets somewhat cloying through the slick mouthfeel. Roasted malts offer little bitterness and dryness, this appears already tired after a little time in the cellar. I feel redundant, but there isnít much more to say.
Another day at the office.
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Flipbrewer for this one. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and cognac. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and malt. Finishes very smooth. Nice complexity.
Ughsmash (7225) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured clear, very deep brown with a shorter cap of dense toffee head. My first impression on the palate with burger grease.. thankfully that dissipated promptly.. became molasses with some dark chocolate and coffee character.. roast was moderate in the aroma, and much more pronounced in the flavor department.. deeper, and it really hid the alcohol well. As mentioned, the flavor was more roasty with molasses, licorice, and coffee represented.. sticky licorice and soy with some coffee bitterness at the finish.. just too roasty without enough flavor development to make it really good. Heavier-bodied and slick with low carbonation on the palate.. the heavy roast stuck at points, and this never developed as I would like.. overall a decent and drinkable, but far from great imperial stout.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Oily black with a thin covering of tan head. Bursting with ripe fruits and vegetables(grape, melon, and cucumber), brown sugar, and lots of roasty malts, perfectly balanced with western hops. And that's just the aroma. Body is somewhat dense, yet smooth, lightly sweet and bitter with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Becomes a little more cloyingly bitter around room temperature. One of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while. Thank you herbjones!
bb (7068) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft, Dark colored beer with a big tan head. This is a very creamy beer with a subtle roasty taste. A little sharp on the tongue, but all that oatmeal creaminess covers it up well. Very creamy and smooth and hides the alcohol well. I got tired of it, but a friend liked it more than I did.
BBB63 (6301) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Opaque with fading fizzy tan head and some lace. The nose has notes of toffee and caramel malts, mild Costa Rican coffees, hazelnut, mocha, anise, floral and piney hops, and woody yeast esters. Moderate alcohol phenols snap at the nose, vinous. The initial taste has notes of very bittersweet chocolate and burnt malts with a twangy citric background, almost berry in nature. The finish displays a vanilla, nutty, and sublime spicy nature with a final splash of alcohol snap. The fell is lively yet smooth until the finish which has an aggressive bite letting you know the beer is not to be taken lightly. So much more hoppy and drinkable than many in style, but still has enough depth and complexity to please this stoutie! Thanks Dave for the bottle, makes the wait worth it!!
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Bottle pours black as night, small creamy tannish head, along with decent lacing and minor yeasty bits. † Light carob and roasted malts on the nose, but a heavy aroma of alcohol. † Up front I get a sweet burnt caramel or molasses flavor. † This leads into a nice coffeeish taste, but unfortunately a slight medicinal taste near the end. † Good mouthfeel, good flavors up front, but the finish could use some fixen. † Luckily as it warms the finish gets more manageable. † Thanks goes out to cquiroga for the trade!
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown sheathing. Great smell of pit tree fruits, vanilla and blackened malts reminds me of a buttered sweet roll. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and way too easy to drink. Good taste is well balanced with sweet ripe pit fruit up front then bitter blackened malts to finish. Good stuff. 012606
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque, deepest brown, thin light brown head. Oldish nose, leathery somehow, heavy on the hops despite its advanced age (2yr+). Annoying soy notes, oily.. It doesnít improve much in mouth. The fruity hops pair nicely with the chocolate, but glue-like off undertones bother the general appreciation and keep coming back and forth to rubber and root, plasticy flavours. I fear this is just not one to keep more than a year, but whatís the purpose of an imperial who canít tough through time a bit. Light to medium bodied, moderately roasty, small bubbles prickle the tongue sides. Average.