iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, a hint of ruby, thin white head in a ring around the glass. . . Large roasted aroma with raisins, alcohol, and red grapes. Failry sweet flavour with raisings, alcohol, some hops and syrup. A nice bitter hop finish, solid.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First time having a brew from the Left Hand guys and this was not bad.this was a smooth dark beer with a creamy head.Slight hint of chocolate and coffee with a smokey finish.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep brown-red body with out lacing. sharp malt nose. sweet and sour taste with lots of malt and tones of apple. full flavor.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2003 Dark color, small head. Chocolate and coffee type flavors dominate this beer. Aroma of chocolate. On the finish I could pick some of the burnt flavors. Nice Imperial.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a dark ruby red color and formed a light tan foamy head that left circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate. A bit of burnt chocolate is present in the finish with warm aspect of the alcohol present. A bit lighter than other imperials, but a good stout, nonetheless.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a jet black with a brown head that quickly diminshes. Some lacing.
Lots of roastiness in the aroma. Slight alcohol note in the aroma too.
Big, deep first drink of roasted malt and coffee. Alcohol and hops are also very detectable. Slight chocolate finish.
Smooth and drinkable for a big beer. Should age well.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Shows just a hint of brown when held to a bright light. Thin head with tiny, off-white spots of lacing. Simple but wonderful nose. Loaded with roasted coffee and just a whisper of vanilla. A sharp bite up front. Intensely bitter coffee flavor becomes more and more pronounced as the beer progresses. A hint of dark chocolate. Tons of dark malts and generous hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy but a touch on the thin side. Low carbonation. No alcohol from the first sniff to the finish but you can definitely feel the burn in the stomach. Could be a bit more complex but Left Hand's Imperial is a beer to be reckoned with.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Upfront, this was all about the cocoa - aroma and first flavors, quickly followed by well rounded coffee mixed with a bit of dark fruits. Palate could be improved - the thin-ness took away from the strong flavors. Finished with a short latte creamyness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2003 Re-rate 12/26/03: Aged one year. Same as I remember. Still well balanced, sweet and complex. A very nice and underrated imperial stout.
4/8/03: Pours a thick oily black with little head and a deep chocolate plum aroma. Body is sweet and complex with a great malt and hop balance. Quite smooth and it masks the alcohol very well.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 Lasting milkshake beige head on a dark brown, not black, liquid. But does have some nice mohogany coloration when held up to the light. Aroma is sweet and a little roasty, not as much as an Imp. stout should be, but it’s there. Other aromas are toffee and a slight diacetyl, but it adds to the experience. The flavor upon initial sip is more reminiscent of a sweet stout, rather than imperial stout. There are no dark fruit flavors or aromas as in traditional imperials, although it does have a roasty flavor, but it does not dominate as in some other examples, though it does linger into the finish. Hop flavor and some bitterness also come into the finish for this well balanced beer to keep it from being cloying, but this seems more like a really strong sweet stout, rather than an imperial stout to me. Carbonatino is a little high and body is medium full. It is a very smooth drinkable beer and I would definitely drink more of it, but it’s not what I’d expect from a R.I.S.
2003 bottle re rate:
Cellared/refrigerated for 2 years. Mostly chocolate w/ some roasty balance to the aroma and flavor. No diacetyl, cocoa powder aroma w/ some hints of raisiny dark fruit. Dries out with age and becomes chocolatey w/ a semi sweet dark chocolate finish. Herbal hop aftertaste. Very tasty after 2 years...I wish I had another bottle to rate in another 2 years.