snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very close to perfect...a big bold stout. Licorice taste with a coffee aftertaste. The ABV is very well hidden. Great stout.
Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Even in a plastic cup, this stout rocks! All chocolatey with a surprisingly hidden 8.9%. Strong malty aroma, leaning towards a pitch black color (again, in a plastic cup). Finishes with a lovely burnt coffee feel. Great imperial stout.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is what its all about if your all about the russian imperial stout. And that I am. Dark, Deep, powerful, chocolate, coffee. Makes ya feel all warm inside too.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, almost black, with a light brown head. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and dark malt. Taste of coffee, chocolate, dark malt, and bitterness. Wonderful complexity, yet easy to enjoy rather than study. Hides the alcoholic punch, which I am experiencing now as I attempt to type and find that even spelling is a challenge. Nicely mouth filling. Brooklyn Chocolate and Victory Storm King may be better, but this beer stands up well to very good competition!
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 ReRate-bottle-aged almost 1 year. pours a deep brown hue (yes, this beer was not black-i could see quite a bit of light through it) with awesome lacing. Unfortuately, for me to really like an imperialís appearance, i HAS to be pitch black. Aromas of woody hops, char, dark chocolate, roast, mocha kinda like coca puffs with a sliglty vineous twang. Big vanilla/char/roasted flavors with a long very long char finish. Flavors are huge, but the body sufferes somewhat from thinness. A top 50? thats arguable. A damn quality stout, definately (this tends to lean towards an imperial porter kinda IMO) Tastes awesome as a black and tan with FFF Alpha King
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of Whoppers malted candy balls and whisky, maybe a bit of coffee too. Nice masking of the alcohol, but don't drink the entire 4 pack!!!! A really easy to find Imperial Stout that stands up well to the more elite and expensive ones.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great looking beer, espresso color with thick almond color head. Aroma of very dark roasted grain with light coffee touch. Bitter malty taste with a tang on the tounge finish.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am completely in love with this stout. Strong aroma, thick brown head, completely black body, opaque. Wonderful bitterness, very chocolaty. Alcohol content is masked well, very nicely balanced. I cant think of a better stout that I've had. This is second only to Fuller's 1999 for me.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pour almost black dark amber color. It formed a nice dark tan foamy heal that left some nice circular lace. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. The body was a bit thinner than the few others I have tried. The finish was of a burnt bitter style.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20