frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark blackberry-colored stout with a creamy tan head. Aromas were citrus hops above chocolate malts. Similar flavor was multi-layered with sour hops and sweet malts. Medium bodied. A good beer, but not the best Imperial.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Right from the cellar @ 50į, served in a NB worthy glass. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint and a cream colored, hazy head. Aroma is roasted with a light lactic sourness. Maybe some coffee? Taste is roasty, with some subtle coffee, chocolate, and hops hints. There is a light bitterness. I let it warm up to 55.5į and the hops are a bit more apparent, along with an increase in the bitterness. Mouthfeel falls a little short for an imperial. Not a bad Imperial Stout, but certainly not above average. If I had it blind, I would probably guess that it was a baltic porter. 6/4/7/3/15
RERATE 01/01/2006: 22oz bottle, with a year or so of cellaring. Didnít plan on rating, just wanted to have an impy stout that I had already rated. Been sipping on this bottle for a hour or two. Since it is winter, the beer is still a touch under 63į. Nice aroma, roasty with a buttermilk sourness going on along with some citrus, dark fruits, and bittersweet chocolate. +1Aroma. Luscious, silky smooth mouthfeel that is plenty full, in fact not so far from a 5/5. +1 Palate. The taste is sweet, roasty malt followed by some bright, citrusy hops bitterness. There is also a hint of oak/bourbon and this isnít even the BA version. This is really tasty. Not sure if it is the age, the serving temp, or the 22oz bottle as opposed to the 12oz, but I am glad that I had this again. I will seek it out again now, I would not have before. +2 overall.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle, the head is gone in a flash. Very robust smelling, dark, caramel, some hops. Kind of rough on entry, and it leaves an aftertaste Iíd rather do without.
buzzard (3) - wyano, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. pours very dark ruby nearly black with a small light brown head that quickly diminishes. light aroma of alcohol, malts, chocolate. flavor was somewhat spicey with some chocolate and woodyness with alcohol coming through a little heavy. slight oily mouthfeel. body a little on the thin side for an imperial in my opinion. alcohol on the finish with a not totally agreeable bitter aftertaste. not a bad beer but goes toward the bottom of my impy list.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had to try this after what I think was a bad storm king. Deep, deep brown plum color with a short lasting tan head. Smells almost like a sweet soy sauce with some alcohol mixed in. Initial taste is sweet molasses and the same soy sauce from the aroma. Finishes with a slight roasted coffee flavor. Much more flavor than the Victory
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark oily brown with medium head that fades quick. Aroma is light coffee with some roasted malt. Flavor is the same with some hop bitterness at the end. A little alcohol is also present in the finish.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
$4.99 for a 22oz. bomber. Pours a bit thin and lacks the usual midnight black color of most Imperial Stouts, being somewhat translucent and dark brown. Didnít have that oily texture as it emerged from bottle to glass. Thin, tan head with decent lacing. Attractive aromas of coffee, port, dark chocolate and molassas. Athough the mouthfeel seemed a bit thin, the intensity of this Imp Stouts flavors was quite impressive. The dark roasted malts really come through with flavors closely matching the aroma. The 10% alcohol blends in well with the overall profile, even though the body is a bit lightweight. A well done emergence of some hop bitterness finishes things off. Not a classic, but certainly worth a try and enjoyable.
Sammy (9448) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
all the characteristics you would want in chocolate, thickness, a tad sour (I donít especially subscribe to that one), dark colour, a bit of hoppy oil and bitterness, good malt profile. Aggressively carbonated. Fresh and refreshing.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - MAR 4, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
i heard good things about this stout and went to buy it. but it taste so much like the stout i brewed which i thought was a failure. i didnít know itís 10%, b/c itís quite drinkable. itís probably a good stout by most common standards, but i wasnít too impressed.
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is sweet chocolate/caramel. Starts with a chocolate/caramel flavor, finishes sweet and mellow. Easy to drink, alcohol is not noticeable their site has it at 9.5%. $2.75 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. Bottled on 8/10/2004.