Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark burnt caramel color with little head. Aroma is chocolate and toasted malts with mild coffee addition.. Flavor follows suit with a bit of chocolate and roasted malts and some hop character. Lighter mouthfeel than I like out of an imperial Stout but still medium thickness.. Good stout.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours like a pepsi, the head is gone before you can really get a good look at it.Color is nice and rich, but the lack of head is a serious problem. Nose is roasted barley, but barely at that. Flavor is black coffee with hints of caramel sweetness. The lasting flavor is unexpected considering how watery this beer feels. I’d drink it for the buzz and nothing more.
Silenus (14) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really wanted to like this one. Imperial Stouts have become a favorite of mine. This had a subtle aroma with very little hop. The color was a deep red-black and it had a mild carbonation. The coffee and chocolate flavors jumped to the front on sipping but then were quickly pushed down by the sharp alcohol flavor. It actually became a little harsh. Perhaps it would mellow some with a cellaring period. Maybe I’ll try that when it becomes available in my area.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma had roast, coffee, and a dark fruit sweetness. The beer poured a very dark brown color w/ reddish hues; no head and lace. The flavor had coffee, roast, dark fruit, and a slight oakiness. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well-rounded, and creamy.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. Was expecting this to be a little darker than it is.
Smell is a little weak for this style: a little coffee and chocolate, and sweet. There’s almost no hops in the aroma.
Taste is similar to smell. You get some coffee and chocolate, but there’s to much alcohol in the flavor. There’s barely any hop presence and the mouthfeel is thin for an Imperial Stout. Not a drain pour, but not something I’ll seek out.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red brown, thin film of brown head. Alcohol, vinous notes, and roast malt in the aroma. Roasted malt, currants, sherry flavors, some dark chocolate. Astringent coffee finish with residual alcohol flavors. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and fairly dry.
oh6gdx (22592) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Black/dark ruby red colour, small brown head. Roasted malt, alcohol, weak coffee and caramel in aroma. Caramel, alcohol and roasted malt in flavour. Full bodied. Warming alcohol in finish. Long roasted malt and alcohol in aftertaste.
TBone (14173) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby, small creamy off-white head. Brandy-alcoholic, chocolaty aroma. Full-bodied. Chocolaty, a bit sweet, hoppy and alcoholic. Nice roastiness in the aftertaste. Very warming, good dessert beer.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just had a bomber of this and I’m still not sure I have my mind made up about this one. My inclination is to say that it is an excellent beer but only an above average imperial stout. The aroma has a mix of things, including grape, coconut, roasted nuts, vanilla, hazelnut, other dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, and perhaps a bit more. The palate started out as a bit on the carbonated side, without sufficient depth of body (oily, thick) to compete with the sensation provided by the best Imperials. But still, not too much to complain about. On appearances the beer was middling, with a surprisingly light cream color for a head on a dark brown body that had a few things from the bottom of the bottle. The flavor had a similar range of experiences, especially as it warmed, but all told it was extremely drinkable, though the alcohol popped through rather noticeably--though its physical effects were more welcome than its flavor effects. Overall, as I said, a decent beer and one I would not refuse for driniking, but if you are making comparisons among Imperials I think there are a few ways to fault this one.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich smelling. Smokey toffe/coffee chocolate spice aroma. Dark brown pour but still clearish. Tight brown head. Very clean and clear both the pour and feel which is thick but not as gritty as some other imperials. Lots of taste. Salty and Bitter overpower sweet, but its a close race. Almost hides the alchohol considering the whollop it packs. Almost would like to drink without ever swallowing I like it in my mouth so much.