crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lovely deep red color, so dark that it looks black unless a strong light is right behind it. Nice tan head, though it dissipates quickly. Rich, chocolatey aroma. Great taste, with hints of coffee as well as chocolate, but the alcohol content is a little too pronounced and obvious. A very good brew nevertheless. Re-rate: I really have to take points off this for the naked alcohol taste. It really cuts into my enjoyment.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2003 Chocolate malt aroma, black as night with a brown head. 'Robust' indeed. Complex, my only complaint is that it is a little more bitter than I would expect a stout to be. They should tone down the bittering hops just a little bit. Other than that this is a great stout, and I'm not even a stout fan. ahhh nice and warming. Burnt malt finish that lasts and lasts. Drinking this beer brings back fond memories of sitting around drinking homebrew that was good but not perfect, the way homebrew should be. This is how beer should be. I mean, I think if I found the perfect beer, absolutely flawless, I would just have to drink a lot of it and then kill myself. Or sell my soul to the devil to enjoy it forever.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as night. Lower carbonation level due to the high alcohol content. Chocolate aroma with hints of licorice. Incredible flavour!! Coffee at first, with a smooth sweet chocolate middle, then a little warming with a gentle chocolate finish. The alcohol certaintly does not overpower. Mouthfeel is perfect, not too thin, but not too syrupy. Overall this is sweeter than other imperial stouts that I have tried, but with good balance. This truly is one of the worldís great beers! Thanks to Shadallion for sending me this remarkable find.
Nate (3327) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to belgianhomebrew for the chance to try this. Sweet, caramel, coffee aroma. Dark brown-black with small brown head. Smooth palate, thick. Bit too sweet, but tastes great. Malty - caramelized. Alcohol, blackberry. Bitter finish/after. Really good stout, but a bit too sweet.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
here i go. pours thick, and dark keyhole black with little to no head. chocolate vodka alocholy nose. wow. wow! roasty coffeeish flavors and chocolate play hide and go seak with the alcohol. coffee finish with an alcoholic bite comming really late. excellent. Thank you Hanna for picking this and the other B&B goodies up for me!
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black as night with a small head that quickly fades. Huge roasted aroma. It has a creaminess that I wish more stouts had. Huge explosion of coffee/chocolate/alcohol/dark fruit flavors that keep on going minutes later. Thanks legion242!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and rich, yet smooth. Has a great roasted flavor and warming finish. To me, the higher alcohol content is masterfully hiden.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn this is good. Poured a nice thick head that rose above the rim almost half an inch and stayed firm. Black in color, no light comes through at all. Nice malty aroma with a hint of alcohol but very well masked. Delicious burnt malty/chocolate flavors smooth from start to finish. Definately at the top of my list and nice to have a store that sells it now.
Ernest (5623) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, husky), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a light note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly husky. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Over six years since my last rating, so I thought...why not? This never fails to disappoint, but itís popularity always make me curious to try it again after a long hiatus. As usual, popular things are rarely great. Iím not even sure *why* this is popular, though. It has very little to entice in the nose, itís rather doughy, husky, and acidic, and overall itís just...well..."blah". There are so many vastly superior examples of this style that I just canít fathom its legion of fans. But thatís the way of things, I suppose. Iím not a North Coast hater...they do make some decent brews now and then, but this has never been one of them. This is a clumsy, simple, crude beer and it will likely be a long time yet again before I ever get curious enough to buy a bottle again.
FortWorthBrew99 (6) - fort worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2002 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too much of a dark chocolate flavour for my taste, an unenjoyable brew.