bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color. Medium-sized head, tight carbonation, tan in color. Overall weak nose, taste and finish. Flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate - but these flavor are very muted.
No where near the top Imperialís I have sampled which are big, bold and complex in flavor. This one is just so weak and not true to the style.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Certainly a stout. Has a kind of thin feel to it, both in aroma and in texture. Nice stout-y head, with a fairly roasted taste.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly thin looking- garnet; Head was dense; Nose of roasted malt, cereal, coconuts. Thin palate but good warm malt profile. Palate thickens as it warms. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Cloying sweetness emerges at 1/2 mark.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The major underlying quality that I have of this one is THIN. Lacks body, lacks roasted barley flavor and even the alcohol seems to get lost. Just not a stout stout.
Aubrey (3414) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black; deep mahogany with a bright light behind it. Large fruity aroma in the nose. Smooth and soft; maybe a little chalky. Dry, with a hoppy bitterness in the finish. Seems a little ílightí for an Imperial. Ok as a íStout,í but as an íImperial Stout,í I find it rather under par. I really expected a bolder beer from this brewery. This beer didnít make me whince or cringe one bit. It was as if I was preparing to fight Mike Tyson... and then he started to speak in his little pussy voice.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a thin dark tan head. Coffee aroma with a hint of floral hoppiness. Toasty, coffee, burnt taste with a slight hop bitterness. Low carbonation (almost flat) and no cloying mouthfeel which is unusual in an 8.2% beer. Although this stuff is quite tasty, it is more akin to Guinness (w/o nitro) or Murphys than most other íImperialí stouts. I donít think this would have survived the long journey from London to St. Petersburg. I have often lamented that if only Guinness had more alcohol in it, I would drink a lot more of it. I think Iíve found that 8.2% Guinness in the form of this stuff.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really not a bad stout. I know better, but this was a good drink.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I agree almost completely with VA homebrewer on this one. It has the right components, but it doesnít quite all work together. Apart from the alcohol that I can feel this beer tastes just like a well made 4% alcohol stout. There is no complexity to this one. It tastes good but it is very characterless. I expect a little more flavor and complexity out of a 8% alcohol beer than a 4% beer. I canít drink this without thinking that it is empty in the middle. Rating adjustment, this is a better beer than my initial rating.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a dark, thick and aromatic stout that smells of treacle, blueberries, chicory coffee and anise. It is fairly strong at 8.2% alcohol by volume, and bites back with a bit of bitterness -- I.B.U. = 72.45.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intense roasted malt, dark fruit, and floral hoppy nose is mouth-watering and inticing in this brew. Unfortunately, the flavor profile doesnít live up. Very nice roasty and sweet maltiness up front with a huge, gaping hole in the middle. This brew culminates in a wonderfully bittersweet finish with malts and hop bitterness dancing. The middle is devoid of flavors - sort of a íno manís landí right smack in the middle. Body suffers due to this problem. Garnet in color with a fairly thick, pillowy head.