DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark black, nice tan head..thick, alcoholic, dark imperial-like aroma with roasty, vinious coffee notes and slight chocolate...thick mouthfeel, some bitterness, chocolate and cofeee, slight choc covered fruits...very satisfying..dark..alcoholic and plain tasty.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This imperial stout pours with a very dark brown, but notquite black, body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice alcohol note, a touch of woodiness, a little licorice and some fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and malty with a nice roasty chocolate note and a touch of wood. Full bodied, but not as thick as I expected.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of toffee, espresso, caramel, and a hint of earthy yeast. Pours a dark garnet. The tall tan creamy head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The warm and fruity flavor is sweet and spicy with a very pleasant finish. The thick and chewy palate is very soft.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark beer with a brown head. Strong but mellow aroma of burbon in the nose, some hops, notes of coffee, and oak are also evident. sweet flavor, nice lasting aftertaste. dark chocolate and spicey. really a bit too carbonated, but a miraculous brew nonetheless.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 Corked Bottle Poured with a huge mountain of a head and I was thinking carbonation problem but thankfully not. The color is a cloudy auburn brown with a small amount of light coming through. As I recall, their regular Imperial is quite opaque. The aroma is a bit more complex also. Chocolate malts, vanilla, coffee, and slightly vinous. The effect of the oak aging is much less extreme than the Fish Tale Poseidons. With this one it really works wonders picking up oak and vanilla which add a nice touch to an already great Stout. The mouthfeel is a bit more lively than the regular however the body is satisfyingly full yet maybe a bit lighter than the regular version. Flavors, much like the aromas except less vinous. Sweet chocolate malts, light coffee, vanilla, oak and a touch spicy fill in the blank. Overall I found this better than every other barrel aged stout that I’ve tried thus far. Worth the trip and the toll. Thanks Dave!(Whaleman)
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL, corked, caged and fresh: Dark prune. . . opaque. Small black bubbles pop among the creamy light sandy coloured head and release astringent, rasiny alcohol into the air above my glass. I also sense dark, chewy red grapes, anise and sweet coffee in the aroma. Rich creamy palate that sooths and relaxes as it entices. . . luscious, vinous palate. Not as thick, gooey and coating as some Imperial stouts, but delicate and intense no less. Alcoholic plum chocolates. The anise returns in whisps and adds depth and a spicy complexity. The peppery spice mixes with the chocolate truffle essence to offer a profound and elegant mix of flavours and aged treat. Enjoy.
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 A stout with Belgium ale like carbonation?! Yes, indeed. That's the most remarkable attribute of this beer: roof-of-the-mouth fizz that comes with every sip. I must admit, this beer almost exceeds my threshold of tolerance for bitterness--it's an 'imperial' stout, after all--but it somehow managed to keep me satisfied all the way through a pint. I bought another to make sure I didn't misperceive the experience the first time around, and I still felt the same way: very strong, yet consistently palatable, with an oatmealish type aftertaste.
Darkover (1519) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 Very dark brown with a huge thick tan head. Rich aroma of chocolate and roast. Flavor of dark chocolate malt, roast and a little alcohol.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep garnet with solid streaks of dark brown. The head is thick, fluffy and tan. Strong aroma of lightly roasted coffee, burnt malts, nuts, cocoa powder, licorice, a touch of pine resin and hints of light smoke. The body is fairly full, though not the creamy lusciousness for which I truly yearn. Strong malt flavors that rely heavily upon the sweet chocolate, caramel and lightly roasted coffee. Over time the alcohol becomes more evident without becoming completely overbearing. The hop character is present, but seems to be overshadowed by the thick malts. However, the piney belches remind one that hops are actually used, and to great effect. A really enjoyable beer, however, I want to bitch about the barrel aging again. This time, though, (and I can't believe I'm saying this) I would have liked a bit more woody character as this lacked all of the vanilla/coconut that I've come to expect from such aging. I don't like extended aging, and I find this to fit that category (kudos, I might add). However, at times I wondered if this had even been aged at all. I don't want that to take away from the quality of this beer, but I hope that my last two bottles have a bit more character and depth. If that happens, look out...
BBB63 (6234) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1200! Deep brown hue with ruby highlights around edges of my Duval snifter. Nice foamy tan head and very good lacing. The aroma hints of Costa Rican coffees (very acidic), bittersweet mocha, some caramel and smoky malts, floral and lightly piney hops, and woody yeast esters. The initial taste display that bittersweet chocolate found on the nose which is accented by a healthy does of coffee, light smoke, yeast, and plum fruits. The finish displays some hops character along with a "just done right" oaky and vanilla nature of the brew. This one doesn't beat one about the head with the barrel. The body is somewhat lacking but still is okay, lively, smooth and very balanced, only a moderate detection of alcohol. Overall I would say that this is a more "user friendly" big impy, not DL or Expedition, closer to that of a Storm King. Get yourself a bottle if you can. Many thanks go out to Eric for the bottle!