Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stout pours with a black body topped by a medium thick tan head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a pronounced roasted coffee note, a slight bitterness and a touch of anise. The flavor is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter, creamy and malty with roasted coffee notes, a hint of anise, and the slightest touch of dark chocolate. This brew is full bodied and creamy smooth.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque with small tan ring and some lace. Aroma hints of burnt smoky malts, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, aromatic and grassy hops, and barnyard yeast esters. The taste is mocha and vanilla sweet followed by a good dose of bitterness and smoke. A coffee dryness and lingering fruity acidic twang is noticeable upon the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat lush but still lively, something however is missing in the presentation of this beer. Is the taste not fully integrated? Respectable stout, worthy of a try once.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smokey wood and slight acidity in aroma. Extremely carbonated. Medium body. Smooth texture, quickly departs the palate. Dark malts and coffee pervade, didn't note any vinous qualities. Tasty but unmemorable.
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oiled ruby slathered with a rich mocha topping. Aroma bursting with dry chocolate, leather, espresso, olive, and caramel. Plummy esters amid a leafy, phenolic, and fresh earthy hop undertow. Large-bubbled carbonation quickly tingles the palate, sparking a metallic sensation. Medium-bodied. Starts fairly acidic with an ensuing chalky black malt structure and subdued esters. Mild caramel sweetness and deeply roasted malts drift alongside a lightly medicinal, peanut skin quality. Ends with a buttery yeast, notably vinous flare. Fairly dry and olive-like with a lingering soft black malt backdrop. Soy-like acidity gets the best of the black malts. Yet another Stout where the phenols and earthiness clash with the dark malts. With all that said, this is a very respectable version, teeming with highly complex earthy malts. Thanks, cquiroga!
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours absolutley black, creamy and opaque with a small brown head. Not much lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee, sweet with some light chocolate notes. Smells very, very good. Flavor is roasted, coffee, and some chocolate. Wow this is darn good. Body is rich and full bodied. The swallow is smooth and rich with a nice bitterness. Very good stout.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
oaty malt aroma, dark brown, sweet and roasted with a knockout body, so sweet and chocolatey it's mmm mmm good
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A breakfast stout at 7.1% Dark coffee color with a small tna head. Rich coffee, chocolate aroma. Some fruit. A bitter roasted taste, some hop bitterness, medium body. I would never of guessed this was an Imperial Stout as the ABV is very well hidden and from the name I would of figured this as a Oatmeal stout.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at GABF 2003. Chocolate/coffee smell. Kark brown appearance. Flavor is light dominated by chocolate malts. Very thin overall.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
San Quentin pours jet black with a huge brown head. The aroma reminds you of chocolate chip cookie dough. In my opinion, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for an Imperial Stout. It does have the roasty/chocolatey/coffee-like flavors, but none of them is too prevalent. In fact, my criticism of this beer is that it isn't Big enough. That being said, for someone new to Imperials, this would be a good 'starter'.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this one. Black in color with a moderate head for a stout. Rich burnt aroma. Flavor of chocolate, coffee and maybe milk. Smooth and creamy. Sweet on the finish. Excellent Stout. Thanks Jcalabres