hopscotch (9832) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Dark brown ale with a creamy, well-tanned head. Good lacework. Coffee, chocolate, buttermilk, charred wood, dried plum and alcohol in the aroma and flavor. Well-bittered. Full-bodied with a gritty, astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation.
Lengthy, bitter-sweet, then bone dry finish.
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Finally a bottle from Moylans that didn't foam over, anyway... Sherri/soyish/High ABV/lite bakers chocolate in the nose. Dark brown, hazy, little to no head. Bitter chocolate, portish. Dryish velvety sweet. Very warming. Tasty, but maybe too high alcohol versus the flavors.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a deep walnut brown with ruby high lights, the head intermediate in size, frothy in texture and a light to medium tan color, the lace forms a glutinous sheet to smother the glass. Big alcohol aroma at the front, backed by roasted grains and a molasses like or syrupy sweetness, fresh and clean, start is cloyingly sweet, lots of malt, top is middling in its feel. Finish has a burned grain bitterness, hops are present but rather mild, or maybe the alcohol just overwhelms them, carbonation is mild to moderate, with the aftertaste sweet and slightly bitter with a nice belly warming sensation, not the worst I’ve ever tasted, but certainly nowhere near the best.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep cigar browns of maduro tobacco-- or-- the dark browns of turds from big healthy grain-fed mules. no pretence of black as in the mainstream imperials, which tend to mimic unrefined fossil fuels--this one is harboring illicit ruby tones, which is fine for a doppel bock, but visually challenging for a pressumed imperial. the head sizzled itself into a faint etching of filigreed spirals. burn equal parts molasses and brown sugar on a fireplace poker and then quickly douse it in your tumbler of bourbon and you'll approximate the aroma. heavy raisin malts, sweet-- the carbonation rides a texture solid enough in body to seem creamy rather than watery. there is bitterness, but it nudges rather than bites. it's true that the alcoholic component is strong enough to blur the occular resolution of fine details in my visual environment, but i still feel i'm looking at --and tasting --a strong dopplebock.
Frank (3130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black garnet, nearly no head. A still black sea of stout. Nose is vinous with a hing of coffee. More bitter coffee in the flavor with notes of tobacco and oak. Under the surface lurks raisin, cherry, and port wine. Slightly astringent with a slight medicinal note from the alcohol. Medium to full bodied with almost no carbonation. Finishes with some lingering bitterness and a sour note. Not my favorite imperial.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours much more brown colored (versus black) than I expected from an Imperial Stout. Smallish tan head. Smells like caramel and roasted malt. Taste is roasted coffee, malt sweetness and some slight smoke. Big sticky body. Alcohol noticable on the swallow.
Darkover (1522) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark color with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate and dark fruits. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Dark chocolate finish. Nicely warming.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick, murky dark brown liquid with no head retention, but it does have a ring of lace around the glass. Very sweet, intense chocolate when still slightly chilled which gets muted by the roasty aromas as it warms; alcohol and a very light currrant at the finish of the nose. Intensely roasty and chocolate, bitter, but not overly done from both hops and dark malts. The finish is a bit to the bittersweet and has a rich fruitiness, although I wouldn't necessarily call it currant. Aftertaste is sweet, chocolate, and a light hop flavor. Body is full which is also seen upon pouring with a subdued level of carbonation and very well hidden alcohol, but a little astringency from hops deters a little. Overall a very good beer, but lacks a little depth and complexity to be a true classic of the style, but I'd also love to see what some aging does to this beer.
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is quite possibly the most chocolate flavor I've experienced in a stout - cocoa, dark chocolate and even a touch of pudding are quite evident in the flavor - however, the appearance is more like a very dark brown ale, plus there isn't really any head at all - the aroma is highly alcoholic, but not much else - as a whole, this beer is an amatuerish effort, but the flavor is decent, so it's not all bad.
SilkTork (5320) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Home brew aroma - slightly undeveloped. A bit grassy, plus crude malt. The mouthfeel and flavour are much better. A good oily texture. Flavour is initially sweet, then the roasty, chocolate, coffee imperial stout flavours come though. An enjoyable imperial stout, but not an outstanding example. As I'm a big fan of this style this will get a decent score anyway.