tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. Opaque dark brown with thin ring of tan/brown head that partially covers. Sweet chocolate with roasty finish and some resinous hops. Definite alcohol warming. Medium body is luxurious and creamy in the mouth. Sampled September 2003.
littlebibs (11) - Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I also sampled this at the Extreme Beer
fest in Boston 2004 and it was delicious.
Similar to a few of Magic Hat seasonal
offerings, (they love experimenting)roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet & dry
so many tastes, they do so much
with their flavors but they all have
their distinct style. A bit watery but it
doens’t take away from this excellent
brew, just makes me want more!! Another winner form Magic Hat!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, dark brown with a thin, tan ring of bubbles. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and white toast. A touch of dark fruit pops it's head up from time to time. Moderately thick body. Roasted, bitter flavor dominates through out. The alcohol, while not imperceptible, is difficult to find except for it's warmth. Towards the end, the hops really contribute pine, citrus and additional bitterness. I think a little time to mellow would really help this one out. Subduing the intense bitterness and bringing out the fruit would really make this amazing.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Dark ruby color without any head. Roasted aroma, full creamy syrupy body, starts sweet and ends bitter. Not sure why everyone else rated this so low, I'll have to try it again.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extreme Beer Fest '04, Black,no head,low carbonation.Fruit and roasted malt aroma and flavor.Sweet malt finish.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme Beer Fest '04: Very dark brown with aroma of espresso and fruit. Taste is nice and smooth with a light coffee flavor. I like it.
OldGrowth (3204) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ extreme beer fest'04: Good nose, Dried fruit, coffee, berries. Nice brownish black color. Coffee, chocolate, raisen/plum and a tad of whiskey. A little on the thin side, but a tasty offering from Magic Hat
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very decent Imperial stout from a company I don't always trust. Very thick with molasses. Sweet, but not syrupy or sticky. Well-balanced - roasty and warm. Fuzzy alcohol feeling.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bling Tiger, NY - I was a bit skeptical about this one, considering I'm not all that fond of their Heart of Darkness Stout, but I must admit I was really impressed - this beer is very, very, very much like Storm King, but a much thicker mouthfeel - this beer truly is "chewy" - sweet, but it has a lot of hop bitterness that actually lends itself well to the chocolate/coffee flavor going on - some cherries and plums in the mix - what's this? it burps up the taste of pine? quite odd - great if you can find it.
muzzlehatch (4601) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Three Needs in Burlington, March 2. Thick espresso-shake-black, very stable medium-brown head. Wonderful aroma first seemed to be that of raisins, but later was more cherry-chocolaty with hints of French vanilla. Medium-sweet flavor, more chocolate than coffee, nice bitterness towards the end but also hints of metal. A little on the thin side in the body (oh Magic Hat, thou art close to a great brewer, but put some BODY in thy brews!), finish nice & roasty-toasty; goes down just a little bit too easily, like its just fading away. A good, not great, Imperial; the Thumbsucker whiskey cask-aged version I had tonight is a bit more complex and interesting, but both are worth trying if you can get your hands (or at least thumbs or nails) on them.