SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
served ice cold at the u of c pub. this is my first imperial stout and it was very tasty. smells very fruity. roasty, chocolate, coffee, warming of alcohol. dry finish. very nice the 10.5 ounces were very satisfying.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap 10/2/4. To be honest, this is the first beer that made me understand why one should drink darker beers at warmer temperatures. When it’s cold, there is a weird hairspray-type taste between the beginning and the finish taht I attribute to the alcohol. At any rate, once it was warmed to a reasonable temperature, it was quite interesting. So here goes:
Black as night, with a dark, dark head. Looks like dirty oil. Smell is surprisingly floral in character, incredibly pleasant, though not hinting at what’s to come in the taste. As it warmed, the aroma leaned toward chocolate. When it enters your mouth, not quite as thick as you’d think, but still quite substantial. Tastes of some fruitiness, followed by some coffee, and, ultimately, very rich chocolate. As you near the end, the taste lends itself in the direction of star anise. A sensational beer, a pleasure to sample.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours very dark with a thin brown head that sits on top of the beer. The aroma is very refreshing, with a strangely light, fruity character--very different than what one would expect from this style. Unfortunately, then we come to the taste. I couldn’t exactly tell what I was supposed to detect besides alcohol. The flavor burned with a bitter sourness that came off from something you’d clean part of your house with rather than drink. I had the sad duty of doing a drainpour after finishing about half of it, well after my stomach had started becoming nauseated. There was no sweetness and no "layers" that I could detect. I’ve had other stouts that were far more complex than this and where the alcohol was hidden much more skillfully. What happened here? And why is this rated so highly? Did I just merely pick up a bad bottle? I must admit that I’m very disheartened over this. Not since Guinness Draught have I found myself this far in disagreement with the ratebeer community.
Mephistefales (47) - USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely on of my favorites! Not a gimmick stout -- just damn good. Strong, dark, complex, lasting flavor -- all the qualities I look for in a stout. They could change the name to "Gold Standard" but that wouldn’t portray the sinister essence of a good stout as well as its current title.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Every time I have one of these beers, I regret it about halfway through. Brown head and body, incredibly rich, potent alcohol flavor. Tasty but it becomes a bit much rather quickly.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 very rich...great imperial stout; very strong in nature with dark chocolate and coffee flavors...a definite burnt after-taste flavor, and quite a belly warmer; i think i will have another helping
Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 No doubt, a great Imperial Stoudt. Very chocolately, and packs a nice flavorful punch. The after taste is very intense in a positive way. Enoyable strong brew.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice color, flavor was more mild than I expected. A very nice beer, but I’ve had better imperial stouts for the money.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Bottle. It pours dark brown, almost black with a hint of red coloration in the bright light and a thick dark tan head. Extremely rich roasted malt and alcohol aromatics. Thick roasted malts, burnt chocolate, coffee flavors penetrate deeply on the palate. Creamy and rich mouthfeel. A malty & robust stout, well balanced. Complex and complete. An excellent Imperial.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gah! This tastes like burnt toast, with a side of mulberry marmalade and a huge helping of malt, hops and alco-ma-hol. This is wicked. Warm and inviting to say the least, with a bitter nose and a lingering after-taste of alcohol. Hmm..my glass is strangely empty now...