jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours muddy brown with a tan head. Smells almost like a home brew. Caramel and yeast. Alcohol is noticeable on the nose. Tastes like a "double brown" (yeah I made that up, actually my brother did). Subdued coffee flavors along with other somewhat odd flavors. Alcohol is very noticeable. Thick chewy body that coats the teeth. A bit of a disapointment.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm...stout. Pours dark brown (not as dark as some Imperials) with a thin tan head clinging to the sides of the glass. Chocolate, coffee, and alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is a rich medley of coffee, chocolate, hints of dark fruit, and hints of barleywine-like bread/cookies. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. The beer is thick, but not over-the-top. A hint of alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. A well-crafted, exquisite version of my favorite style.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice stout, nothing great but good. This beer was enjoyable however it lacked that real chewy maltiness I love in Imperial Stouts. Try Stone's imperial then this and you will see what I mean.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle,probably year old: Very dark,brown.Creamy head develops,good retention,and lace. Black malt, cocoa, molasses, slightly fruity,aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy,and smooth as silk.Big body. Very sweet,roasty,flavors. Finish is clean,bitter,and sweet. Little dark fruit in there as well.This is creamy as hell,and wonderfully,balanced. Well hidden alcohol.Quite good.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light in color for an imperial stout. The body was on par - nice and full. Aroma reminds me of chocolate chip cookies - brown sugar/molasses, bread, chocolate extract, fresh malts (dusty/earthy). Sweet wit a roasty finish. Very little burnt flavors or bitterness on this one. Good stout.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bublegumy chocolate aroma with hearty hints of vanilla and coffee. Massive stout. Straight up black in color with an above average head. Easy going chocolate with some fruity alcohol, coffee comes waaay late, beautifuly sculpted body
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet roasted malts and a subtle hoppiness floats above the oily black body with little to no head. Body is thick, sweet and satisfying. Plenty of good complex malts and a hint of coffee are well balanced with a flavorful bitterness. A very good imperial stout, and another one that hides its alcohol masterfully.
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Black. Difficult to get a head on this one. Big robust nose of chocolate, smoke, and plum. Semi-sweet syrupy taste initialy, with an even smokey flavor throughout. Quite thick, but avoids resembling molasses.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typical looking Imperial with small but lingering head which remimded me of the head on a Guiness. Aroma of strong espresso and roasted malts with a hint of oreo cookie. Really smooth and alcohol is well hidden. Flavor is bitter chocolate, raisins and strong malts. Holds up well with a slightly dry finish at the end. Not as good as the Stone Imperial in my opinion which I had recently but hid the alcohol better than the Alesmith. Nice version of an Imperial and maybe worth aging a bit to smooth out the rough spots. Time will only tell.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A gift from the esteemed Fly. Initially, when quite cold, this thing screamed Milk! Cream! Chocolate and coffee abound. Very little dark fruitiness initially and the alcohol is nowhere to be sensed. Upon warming, a little sweetness of the plum variety and a little alcohol come through, but not strongly. Quite drinkable! Thanks, F.