SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
* Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really clear with reddish tones, lingering pockmarked head. big on roasty bitterness, turning sour and acidic - fruity. I've had some viennas and some porters withthis kind of sour malt character, but never stouts. This is not what I think of when I see "Imperial Stout" on the label. Somewhat enjoyable but very far afield from style. Seems to have English peatiness in the flavors. Aroma is relatively minor, but quality. Very thin bodied.
TAR (2387) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2004 Clear black cherry with scarlet highlights. Compact ashen foam. Charred sugars and phenols on the nose. Traces of port, blackened popcorn, cocoa, plum, and woody black malts. Very firm. Thin body with smooth, velvety carbonation. Chocolaty and fruity initially with a touch of acidity and phenols. Short conclusion showing a bit of toastiness, caramel, dry chocolate and a long black malt thrust. Lingering hints of molasses, oxidation, plum, coconut, and charred sugars. Pretty good flavor and aroma, but the lackluster body has difficulty carrying the flavors. Lots more of everything and this would be great.
Ernest (5904) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, caramel),
lightly hoppy (grapefruit).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is another one that had alot of big flavors once it warmed and reminded me more of a barleywine, not as much as the Czar, but still this one was alot more stout-like. A very deep dark color in the pour, with a very fruity and rich aroma. A very nice sweet malt flavor, with a little bit of hops coming through in parts. Overall very nicely balanced with a slightly roasty character and very smooth, and easy on the palate.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, chocolate aroma. Dark amber/brown color, you can see light through this. Mouthfeel is smooth, fruity and chocolatey taste slight hoppy finish. Is this seriously an Imperial Stout? Nothing much going on.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown color, but not opaque. A small tan head. Aroma of dried dark fruit(prunes/dates/figs), alcohol, sweet malt. This has a sweet fruit taste, some chocolate. A very light bodied example.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
OK, but nothing special in taste or mouth or appearance. If you want a great imperial stout, dry the DFH world wide or a storm king from Victory. Dark brown, with almost no head. Taste of dark malt and hops, with a slow alcohol finish. Surprising that there was not enough depth or flavor to hide the alcohol.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Bottle rating from 2003
Dark brown, with some red hued light at the edge of the glass. Musty aroma of coffee and chocolate. Very thin bodied, watery. Has a sour milk aroma. Flavors of soy suace, coffee, licorice and smoke.
6/3/8/2/13 = 3.2
Sampled in a blind 25 imperial stout tasting, Feb 2008
Extremely weak brown color, standing out amongst every other stout poured. The nose is full of stinky maple, vanilla extract, caramel, plastic, with a flavor not so much different. Really a weak imperial stout that seems like a slightly high ABV brown ale, and it stood out in the tasting like a turd in a punchbowl. Worst imperial stout out of 25.
5/2/5/2/9 = 2.3
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a good dark beer. Somewhat lacking in "deep" flavor, but overall a very enjoyable experience. It tastes rather like a porter, not heavy enough for a good stout though.