TAR (2518) - 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 (1275) - 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
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Port Real Ale Festival. Dense black with a nice creamy froth. Coffee, burnt malt aroma. A strong, full bodied stout that is not hard to drink. The burnt chocolate/coffee flavor is prominent, with a good balance to finish nice and bitter. Would have this again.
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a large, creamy, light brown head. Somewhat lasting with decent lacing. Without halogen, one would never know of the beautiful, deep crimson hue hidden deep within.
The nose is very rich and malty. Notes of vanilla, cocoa, espresso, cherries, fireplace ash and roated cashews.
The flavor doesn't match the aroma, but is damn nice. Rich, deeply roasted malt up front with blasts of dark chocolate, espresso beans and burnt cinnamon. Excellent, lightly numbing bitterness and light pungency on the backside with a hint of wet hay.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, dry, acrid, burnt finish.
It's like drinking gunsmoke. Nice! Not world class, but very nice.
Suttree (5396) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a tan to brown head. Smells of esspresso, and smoky, coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast are there as well. Silky smooth on the palate, and alcohol is hidden well. Very Impressive.