jsquire (3643) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very faint red hues when held to the light with a foamy brown head and a sweet grain nose. Sweet taste of refined sugar with a grainy bight to it. It feels a little thin for an imperial, especially a 10% imperial. An okay beer, but there are so many better out there.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I didn't care much for this one. Very much on the sweet side. Dark color. Aroma of malt and roasted coffee. I thought the flavor was a little overwhelm by the sweetness. Sweet finish.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smokey color, smokey smell, smokey taste,...blah blah blah uninteresting...................................
jazz88 (2579) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Rating #1 - Bottle (7 4 8 4 17). Black color with a foam and bubbly brown head. A semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (cherry, raisin, plums) and alcohol aroma. Very smooth with a nice chalky bitterness on the palate. As it warms the flavors come alive. Rating #2 (8 4 7 4 17) - Bottle. Black in color with a creamy brown head. A strong chocolate and raisin aroma. The flavor has a nice dark fruit liquor with a malty chocolate element. The alcohol is very evident although expressed through spiked dark chocolate and fruits rather than just a harsh burning alcohol flavor.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured as black as sin and formed a huge foamy medium tan head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly, and I mean slowly, subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. A flavor of malt, chocolate, expresso and raisins. A slightly burnt aspect to the finish with a somewhat light finish. A very nice beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
full on alcohol aroma with roasted/sweet notes, dark black with a thin head, strong sweet and powerful then a hoppy choclate finish, a tad too hopped up on the finish
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was wonderfully balanced and almost perfectly presented. Every flavor here seemed apparent - nothing hidden beneath layers of alchohol and although there was definite espresso malts they were not at all overpowering. Actually, on the contrary the espresso balanced perfectly with the chocolate and like I said, everything was perfectly clear in this beer. Although not a forerunner on the originality train, or even an honerable mention at the Czar hall of Fame, this was perfectly done.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and smooth - this may lack the complexity of some of the top Imp. Stouts, but it'd be hard to beat the silk of this brew. Poured dark black, but brown/red along the edges. Some dark fruits (plum/cherry) popped in now and then, but the main attraction was the interesting interplay between the lucious chocolate and the roast coffee - It seemed like every sip would alternate between the two flavors, and the ultimate winner was.......The Chocolate - by a wide margin - like a french silk pie made with dark chocolate. YUM!
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very impressive deep brownish black looking stew of brew, with a lill bit of white head. Alcohol and coffee fill the air with some chocolate hints. A masterful blend of the alcohol, coffee, and chocolate only because each are present, yet they are blended so none stick out. Very smooth with the alcohol definetely taking a front seat in the aftertaste.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is definitely a BIG STOUT...had me stumbling over after just one show...not that im a big man to begin with, but it got the point quickly. Heavy aroma of roasts, malt, chocolate and nuts..very very enticing to say the least. It poured a fairly deeply black...thin to medium sized head for an imperial stout...orangey brown head..very typical. Minimal to medium carbonation level..nothing extraordinary. The taste is where the extraordinarily good part begins. The first glass was really thin on the palate with roasts becoming apparent, chocolate and caramel malts showing themselves leaving a chewy snickers like aftertaste...very pleasant and chocolatey dry. The second glass was MUCH MUCH better...like really damn good may i add!!! Chocolate was ALL over the place...heavy chocolate malts...less caramel, but definite sugar and i mean the slightest of slightest bittering apparent. This is just downright pleasing...its absolutely buzzing me to hell and back...that 10% is hidden so well its unbelivable. Hints of licorice, nuts, cherries, and chocolate in the aftertaste...its amazing what the warming of a beer can do for your drinking experience. Classic...another one to add to the cellar list.