GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
For being an imperial and containing 8.2 ABV it's not as heavy as I would have thought. Good coffee flavor. And a nice bitter flavor. However if your a fan of heavy stouts this may not be for you.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2003 I think I might go against the grain a little here. I like this beer. It does not have the body or the strong character of a good Imperial Stout, but I like it. Light weight for an Imperial, it is dark enough to pass the test. Little head and more carbonation than I'm used to for the style. Chocolate flavor is delicious. Finish is like a mild chocolate candy bar. I might be much more generous with my rating had the called it an Imperial Porter. But I liked it just the same!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A wonderful aroma of malty sweet (figs?) warmth and goodness. Slightly thin, roasted palate. I like the commercial description better than the beer though.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rather light & thin for an Imperial stout. Small head, thin lacing, and hoppiness that takes over the malts. I expected more.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep red color with a tan head. The head started out thick and tight, but as it sat the bubbles became huge. The aroma is pretty good--chocolate and caramel. The flavors tend to disappoint a little, as there was little roasted character and no fruit or vinous qualities. A pretty thin body with the lack of flavor. Not my favorite Imperial Stout.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 Dark Mahogany color, small head. Aroma is fruity and chocolaty. A lighter bodied imperial stout. Flavors are chocolate, coffee and fruit. VERY mild for an imperial stout, not very malty or very bitter. As an imperial stout this beer is lacking, for a ’regular’ stout its pretty good. The flavors intensify, as it gets closer to room temperature. It well balanced and tasty. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. The 8.2% alcohol is not at all evident.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer has the aroma of a good imperial stout, but doesn’t have the umph of one. Slightly oxidized notes in the aroma and flavor may cause me to re-rate this at some point. Other aromas were of esters, raosted malts and a little licorice. The beer really wasn’t dark or thick enough to be a stout. The head was a little annoying too - big and thin that almost spilled out onto the table then quickly collapsing and not lacing. Again I may have gotten a bad bottle but it just didn’t seem like this beer had much going for it.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep and dark, but not as much as i expected. Aroma is promising, rich chocolate with port tendency. Flavor isn’t bad, but nothing great -- chocolate, only mildly bitter (and just the faintest hint of alcohol) in the aftertaste. A pleasant beer, but not as assertive as you’d want from an Imperial Stout.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Rating #1 Bottle (5 3 6 3 13). The light brown dimpled foamy head just exploded on my beer. I couldn't pour it slow enough to keep it down. The aroma is weak compared to other Imperial Stouts. Lighter color than I expected. It was black but you could see through it under light. The aroma is thin and dry, I picked up hops, roasted coffee, and sour red fruit. A burnt malty flavor. It improved greatly as it warmed, but it remained underwhelming. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 6 3 13). A managable head this time, with a black colored body and a light brown head. The aroma is predominatly chocolate. While this beer has a thin body the alcohol and moderately rich flavor hints towards its imperial stout roots. Chocolate and weak roasted malt flavors.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is filled with Roasted nuts, dark chocolate, herbs and flowers, coffee and alcohol.
This pitch black ale has a medium-sized, off-white, frothy head. Good lacing. Fully diminishing.
The flavor is sweet, malty and slightly pungent with roasted nuts and dark chocolate and vanilla up front. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter on the backside. Also a tad salty.
Lively carbonation. Medium-bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Average length finish is lightly bittersweet.