Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, candied fruits and roasted grains. Flavour is chocolate coffee and currants. Alcohol is very present in the finish.
omhper (20169) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, thanks hopsrus!
Very dark brown, rich head. Loads of chocoalte up front. Sweet. Molasses make up the majority of the flavours and the thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Notes of liucorice. Flavourful, but unbalanced.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown color with a medium tan head. Very sweet malt and roasted coffee bean aroma. Nice heavy malt, brown sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol flavors. Thick feel, with moderate carbonation. Yummy!
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours nicely, although it betrays its relatively light body (for an American-brewed Imperial Stout) with a relatively noisy pour. Nicely carbonated and it has a nice brown foam. The hoppy is a mixture of hoppy and burned malt. The flavor is heavily burned, slightly sweet on the end, but not a big range of flavor. The flavor is big, but a bit one-dimensional.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer makes me want to dance, or drink. Maybe both. This is a pleasant imperial.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate, rasberries, coffee, cocoa powder all in the aroma. Very thin late forming head that slowly dissapates. Very smooth, coffee, bitter chocolate, and alcohol with sweet chocolate flavor jumping at you after you swallow a drink. Nice and complex, very impressed. Very smooth, extremely good beer.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense brown colour, full strength coffee and chocolate aroma with rummy vapours heating up the nasal passages. Jam packed with intense flavours: chocolate, toffee, coffee, rum, pine, pineapple. Milky smooth palate with a little warmth in the finish. This bottle was over a year old, yet would have improved with more cellaring.
jgb9348 (4891) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost completely opaque dark brown with a lighter brown head. Sweet pungent aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel and some roasted malt. Heavy-bodied; Bitter coffee and chocolate tastes and a light caramel sweetness. Bitter chocolate aftertaste with a minute amount of hops noticeable at the end. Overall, a nice example of an Imperial Stout. I shared this 65 cL bottle with my good friend Jon, which he purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. I sampled this beer on 02-March-2003.
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Blind Tasting, Thanks Hopsrus It pours the darkest brown with the most sticky head of the night. Vinous aroma full of dark fruits and blackberries. Very complex and reminiscent of phenomenal Stoudts Anniversary doppelbock. Cherry and raspberries notes with light black chocolate. Not much hops noticeable, but so pleasant that you can accept that. Palate is very malty, a coffee in which you’ve put a few too many cream and vanilla. A good dark fruit plate and some wow factor. An earthy hoppy finish and a creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This is a very balanced imperial stout although perhaps on the sweet side. Still to me this is far ahead from many better rated beers of the style.
A resampling many months later showed a much more vinous, almost like bread soaked in rum flavor profile without the fantastic fruitiness. Very sweet. Quite thin.. far less aromatic. I had this at 4.1, now would give it a 3.6, but am going to give it the benefit of the doubt and adjust to 3.8.
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a near opaque brown with much coffeeground-like sediment. Vineous nose. Marshmellow and bitter cocoa. Smooth, oily, vanilla and grapes. Lasting oily, chocolate finish. Very good!