argo0 (11915) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red black body topped by a small, creamy tan head. Aroma is malty -- chocolate, roasty and coffee, complemented with a bit of cherry/raisin fruitiness. Taste is strong cocoa, along with coffee and some raisin. Swallow is coffee bitter and mild alcohol burn. Leaves a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. A creamy, big-bodied beer, worthy of its style.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like my man Randy from AI always says..."whats up dawg...you did good...not great...you did your thing...very nice" OK OK. My wife makes me watch it! ;-) This beer had all the usual suspects of an Imperial. Coffee, Chocolate, and I even detected some dark fruits for good measure. I didn't think it was too sweet, but actually thought it was just right for my tastebuds. Whatever. Worth trying if you have never had it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
jsquire (3680) - 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 (2585) - 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!