jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 Re-rate: 12 oz bottled on 10/12/04. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a quickly fading light brown head. Aroma of chocolate bars, malted milk balls and some hops. Flavor has notes of sweet caramel and milk chocolate and then roasted malt, whoppers and slight touch of lactic sourness. Cloyingly sweet, could use more bitterness from more roasted/burnt malt and hops. Medium light body with moderate carbonation - still too light for an imperial stout. Didn’t enjoy this nearly as much as I did last year. Perhaps they changed things a bit?
8/14/04: Pours black with a short-lived brown head. Aroma is of coffee and smoke. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and a ton of hops. Alcohol is slightly present on the back end but very well masked. Moderately bitter afterstaste. Mouthfeel is full and round but a tad thin for an imperial stout. Overall, a great brew.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks again to TChrome for letting me share this brew with him...whatta guy! This beer pours a brownish red color, not too dark for an imperial stout I gotta say. The head was small and white which disappeared after about one and a half minutes. The aroma is vanilla sweetness, perhaps brown sugar, cocoa, cherries...heavy cherries and black currants, bark and woodiness, some vinous grapes, cinnamon sticks and twigs. I mean this aroma led me to believe this one going to be one asskickingly great beer. Unfortunately the flavor let me down a bit. The palate is much MUCH weaker than i expected, almost milk stout like and dry. A weak sliver-like chocolate mouthfeel and where the hell did all of that great sweetness and dark fruits i smelled in the aroma go. Im confused...i want to smell this all day, but really that’s about it!
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Nicely sweet, and not cloying. Leaves a remarkably light mouthfeel for such a strong beer that speaks well of it.
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very rich and very smooth. I think this may have just become my favorite stout. Not remotely as bitter as Rogue’s version and although that may make it less of an Imperial it makes it much more pleasant for me.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, clear, with a short-lived tan head.
Coffee and chocolate nose, slightly smoky. Mocha flavored, sweet, with a bitter coffee finish. Not quite "stou"t enough to rank as imperial, but quite tasty nonetheless.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours basically black with a tan colored head that is somewhat retained. Aroma is deep, heavy, and delicious smelling. Aromas of coffee, smoke, very dark chocolate and alcohol present themselves. Flavor is quite roasted with chocolate and alcohol. Very delicious.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was so excited, thinking I had found the oak aged Imperial Stout. This is more brown than black, with a nice tan head. Rich, thick chocolatey and roasted coffee malts and a nice dry, bitter finish with some hints of alcohol. Aftertaste is dry and chalky with chocolatey hints. I, luckily, ran into a bottle of the oak-aged at Sams in Chicago for the 4th of July!
Suttree (4878) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2004 Reddish brown, thin head. Burnt toast, dark chocolate, and faint hints of fruit in the aroma. Charcoal, chocolate and coffee in the flavors, as well. Finishes iwth a nice peppery hoppiness.
Shag (2546) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark appearance with a fairly large head. The alcohol really shows through on this one. I taste some chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, licorice, and whiskey in the flavor. The finish is rather sweet with the second round of alcohol shining through. Im starting to really enjoy this style.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly light colored for an Imperial Stout, dark brown with ruby edges. Medium dense tan head. Big roasted malt aroma. Fruity and salty also. Interesting flavor, roasted malt hop bitterness, and a definite salt presence. Medium to full body. An interesting interpretation of the style. I can not wait to try the Oak aged version.