presario (4625) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
She’s a black one! With a thin head. Rich malt and spice aroma with a trace of alcohol. Scents of molases and gingerbread. Flavour is a little more mild than expected. Nice and thick but a little tame. Not sure it merits the Imperial in the name. Body is thick enough.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 22 oz bottle. Kind of a funky musty aroma with some hops detected. Also a fair amount of chocolate malts and ethanol that burns the nostrils. Non-opaque and rather transparent porter-like appearance with a quickly dissipating small light tan head. Start is sweet and chocolatey turning slightly dry and then finishing out with roasted coffee flavors. Pretty thin for an imperial stout and rather bland.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a big tan head. Milk chocolate aroma and flavor. Thin bodied. Pretty good, but pretty mild for a IS.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t agree that "imperial" means knock you dead powerful and the subtlety of a 2 by 4. This stout is imperially complex and effective. Wonderfui toffee aroma with hints of chocolate and heavy cream. Nice dark, but not opaque, appearance, and beautiful soft velvety taste. This beer doesn’t have a whole lot of gravity on the palate, but hey, talk about a drinkable imperial stout! Stone might do well to look at this beer -- not that it would change anything there. Well done stout; I’d drink more if they weren’t $6 a 22 oz/
shadey (1896) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with the smallest hint of red. Small quickly dissipating head. Light watery mouthfeel with a mild roast flavor. Light and easy drinking, but not what I would call an IMPREIAL stout. A little too weak and mild.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of an odd Imperial stout. Light white head sits atop a porter looking ale. A little alcohol on top of nestle quik aroma. Fairly rich in body. Very syrupy flavor, oily with a faint hint of alcohol. Some chocolate, some hops, signature lagunitas qualities. Drinkable and decent, but odd for an IS.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small brown head, fair retention and lace. Pitch black brew. Mild roast and chocolate in the nose. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. An almost milk chocolatey flavored brew with hints of coffe and a subdued roastiness. Kind of a liquid malt ball with a kick. Could be a bit thicker but still a good quaff. Thanks to kawa for the trade.
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, Tx. Deep, 8-ball black pour with no light coming through whatsoever. Dark mocha colored head with some red traces. Good, thick lacing. Aroma is not as strong as I like my Imp Stouts to have, faint cherries, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite subtle for an Imp, bit of bitter coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is slightly chalky and dirt-like. Mouthfeel is thin for the style. Had better from these folks.
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black coloured body in glass; See-thru on pour-with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, toffee, malt, nutmeg, caramel and STRONG prunes! Medium to Full-bodied; Potent coffee taste with some slight chocolate and prune tastes. Aftertaste bittered from the malt-but plentiful sugars go a long way! Overall, an interesting & rather light imperial stout, but great to try! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 10-July-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, nearly black with a medium tan head that leaves generous lacing. Strong malt aroma with coffe and chocolate. Sweet coffee like flavor with lots of sweet malt balanced by quite a bit of hops. Not as thick or grainy as some in this type, but still a nice feel, though a little thin. Packs a whollop. Very nice.