JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: For an Imperial Stout, this is extrememly light bodied. It's almost translucent with some red bricking.
Aroma: The nose has some notes of coffee and chocolate
Flavor: I would characterize this as a beginner's Imperial Stout. It's pretty easy drinking, but certainly lacks the depth & richness of other imperials, like Stone, Alesmith, Avery & Bell's.
jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown in colour, with a very thick dense tan head. Very rich aroma of yeast, easily the most noticeable quality. Roasted malt is noticeable in the scent as well, but bread (with yeast) is overwpowering. Full-bodied; Tastes of roasted malt, coffee and a bit of chocolate. The aftertaste is almost purely a coffee-bitterness which lasts for a long time! The alcohol is noticeable initially, but fades to show other flavours in the palate. Overall, an average Imperial Stout if you can get past the smell! I bought this 22 ounce bottle from Total Beverage in Thornton (Denver), Colorado.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very much a coffee smell in this beer, with a good deal of roasted malt action in tangent. There is an ever-present sweetness to this beer that seeps into the flavor. It's either a blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it. I found it to detract a little from the overall stouty-goodness of it. But it did happen to have a nice mouthfeel to it, which was more of an oily feel with a little chalky finish to it.
aracauna (2931) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly pale color. You can actually see through a good bit of the edges. Nice light khaki head. Light aroma where the hops actually stand over the malt. Pretty standard stout flavors leaning on the roasty side. The lingering hop bitterness has an oddness to it that I can't seem to place. The flavor is light for the style. It's a bit syrupy. Only the fruitiness suggests that this truly is an imperial stout instead of just a normal strenght sweet stout. It's sort of an Imperial Stout light. The sturdy, creamy body is a bit of a surprise after the color and and flavor. This is a surprisingly easy-drinking imperial stout despite the sweetness.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It was ok....but pretty disappointed overall. I usually only rate when the beer is amazing or the beer needs help. This one really needs some help. Same overused Imperial qualities that everyone else has attempted. Nothing stands out. The problem is that it looked like dark brown ale, it was thin and watery, the aroma was very weak, and the flavors were your very basic chocolate, coffee, etc. If there was such thing as Imperial Stout Light, this is it. I can however give it an extra point for covering up the 10% nicely. I think this has good potential, but certainly could use some tinkering in the recipe.
Nedman (10) - ward, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
More brown than black in colour. Full bodied, with sweet malty caramel aroma. Alcohol warmth sensed from beginning to end, interlaced with chocolate notes. Weak hop aromas, overwhelmed by the background sweetness. An excellent Imperial Stout!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 Robust beige head and dark ruby-brown color contrary to the claim on the bottle that this is a "Black beer to brighten your day". Aroma of anise, caramel, roasted chestnuts, and hops. Intense flavors of licorice, nutmeg, roasted nuts, dark unsweetened chocolate, and firm hop spice bitterness. Alcohol in the finish and a palate that is rich and full-bodied with an enduring aftertaste. This is a distinctive Imperial Stout, however the flavor gets a little heavy and concentrated within 22 oz.
igneous1 (1476) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
lighter in color than most any stout i've seen. aroma is very creamy and chocolatey. flavor is of dark chocolate with a mild bitterness.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: not much to it. Palate: very smooth and easy to drink. Flavor: smooth, complex and unassuming. Not as dominating as other imperial stouts, yet doesn't jepordize complexity. Appearance: dark, but not blackness like you'd expect. Overall: a complex imperial that is unique in its style and cetainly worthy of purchase and consumption.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Chez Mittenstein - June 2003: Pours a thin, clear brown. Smells sweet and watery. Roasted, slightly salty flavor, with almost a briney leave. The first sip is nice, but everything following is not so good.