BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Massive, huge, gigantic bold beer. Pours dark and thick with a minimal dark brown head. Heavy roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors with some overripe plums and prunes in there too. Finish was hoppy and slightly bitter. This is a beast of an Imperial.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This is a good one. Pours brown, thick and viscous with a small tan head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is rich and heavy, dark sweet fruity smells dominate - concentrated prune and raisin juice, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and rich, chocolate, espresso, tart fruitiness and the warmth of alcohol with a lingering sweetly astringent finish. Thick body and little carbonation. Very enjoyable.
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a very small tan head. Strong sweet aroma of cocoa and currants with a hint of roasted malt. Starts out with flavor of chocolate malt, faint coffee and a mild fruitiness. Aftertaste slowly builds to a slightly smokey, full dry roasted malt and a mild espresso flavor.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A smooth easy on the palate brush of roasty malts with chocolate and a warming maltiness. Way too easy to drink which makes it even more desirable.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours black with a good maocha colored head that sticks around awhile. Big chocolate aroma with roast barley undertones. Sweetness provides the foundation for the flavors of chocolate and coffee that come next. The flavors that contributed to the main flavor profile continue right through the finish. A very nice Stout, not quite as bold as some Imperials but very well craftedand extremely enjoyable.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque with good creamy head and very good lacing. The aroma has large chocolate and caramel tones, burnt and smoky malts, ripe fruits (currents, raisin, mango), and a sherry vinous tone. The taste is just like a chocolate malt initially then a bold fruity component kick in providing both twang and depth. Espresso and bitterness is detected more towards the finish until being overcome by the Sherry barrel nature. Sticky, chewy full-bodied brew with a minimal warming effect, more than a mouthfeel. A fine sipping brew, it's like a huge sweet stout that has a fruity presence and smoky qualities running through it. Neat!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice black color,small head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty and roasted with a hint of chocolate and coffee.The flavor was roasty with a decent chocolate and coffe flavor hints of raisin and something else that i can't describe.The alcohol manages to stay fairly well hidden with just a few instances where it pops up.A very nice brew much better then the Tipperary.Well worth getting a few more for later.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted malty aroma. Black color with little head. Light coffe taste with dried fruit finish. Initial alcohol taste.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Musty, leathery, malty aroma with trailing of smoke. Small head with good lacing. Flavor is complex but somewhat unbalanced. Toffee, malt and nutty almost chewy flavor that runs the gamete of tastes. Running bitter espresso, sour black cherries, malt and alcohol with a strong bitter sweet chocolate after taste. The flavors change with the temperature of the brew, actually getting better once the initial variations and unbalanced flavor settles, but only somewhat. Rich mouth feel with alcohol warming. A good Imperial Stout but lacks balance, maybe some aging would assist this brew.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with virtually no light getting through. Full, tan head. Aroma of subtlely roasted malt, chocolate and only a touch of coffee. Super chocolately flavor with some nice residual malty sweetness. Very smooth and pleasing on the mouth to drink. Not the biggest or over the top Imperial Stout, but just damn enjoyable. Much like hopscotch says, once you get past what this is supposed to and look at what it is, this is a beautiful beer.