egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black, with a reddish tint around the edges and a large tan head that left alitte lacing. Strong creamy aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, and even alittle alcohol. Malty sweet taste of chocolate and coffee. Hops were not noticeable in the nose, but the bitterness on the tongue certainly was. Sweet mouthfeel and a slight tinge of alcohol was also noticed.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This imperial pours into the glass with a black body topped by a medium thick, tan head witha good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and slightly bitter with strong roasted malt notes, a hint of coffee and licorice and the slightest hint of alcohol. The Flavor is similar to the aroma wtih a stronger coffee note and a bit more sweetness. A very tasty brew. Full bodied and smooth.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2003 Poured black with red highlights. Thick, creamy tan head. No lacing. Aroma was roasted, sweet, and of coffee. On the tongue coffee, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and coffee was detected. Finish was a tad dry, but very smooth. This is an excellent beer. Thanks mabdoney!!!!
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Imperial Stout had a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth in texture with fine-medium sized bubbles that lasted a fair amount of time during my rating. The body was uncarbonated, opaque with a dark brown hue. The nose was that of chocolate and coffee with a mostly coffee and somewhat bitter flavor. The palate was smooth, coffee and medium bodied. The lacing was very sparse.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized creamy long lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing and a semi-opaque dark brown colored body with no visible carbonation. The aroma is wonderfully righ albeit a bit weak for an Imperial. Good notes of sweet dark brown malt, chocolate and a little coffee. The mouthfeel is thick chewey and very smooth with no aftebite and a big Imperial feeling to it. The flavor is full of brown malt and mollasses with a hint of coffee and caramel. Extremely nice. The 10% ABV is well hidden but comes out well after finishing the bottle. Hic!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Expectedly deep black. Head settles then vanishes, leaving the beer looking like a cup of black coffee. Nose is full and rich, some burnt coffee and roasts, a bit of wood smoke as well. First impression on the sip is it's relatively light in the palate for an imperial stout, but not unpleasantly so, makes it more quaffable without sacrificing drinkability. Initial hit is the roasts, coffee/espresso character continues. Some nice hops give bitterness. Finishes quite sweet, teeth almost ache with the tingling sugariness, but it's not overpowering, still gives a nice sense of balance.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with ruby edges, light oily head and a little lacing, but not much. The aroma has a complex mix of roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate with a dark fruit ester coming in at the end. Flavor is moderately sweet up front but balances the bitterness perfectly with the hops. The coffee mouthfeel lingers afterwards. This is a very strong, lively, well balanced imperial stout that always still affords itself easy drinkin qualities. Thanks Mabdoney!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark pour with slightly lighter brown edges, a frothy off white head, and some lace. Alcohol, roast malt, chocolate and some raisin in the nose. Flavor starts out with bitter chocolate, going to some roastiness, grapes, and ends bitter. Big and thick body, with a sticky palate. This is a nice stout. Owe mabdoney thanks on this beer.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to mabdoney for sending this out! Pours near black with a deep red hue along the edges. Tall pillowy tan head. Seems everlasting. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and light coffee tones. The taste is nice! Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt wood, hops and some sugar. Oily mouthfeel with a bitter finish. Definite coffee during the finish. Great beer! This should probably be laid down for a year before drinking to mellow out the bitterness.
Bov (8967) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 very dark brown, almost black; little beige foam; powerful aroma of bitter coffee, prunes, licorice and praline; very thick and sticky, oily; robust malt body; a bit salty, deeply bitter with a very long hoppy, bitter coffeish finish with more reminiscence of licorice and nuts - what a superb beer !