Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with thin head...smells of coffee and chocolate...tastes bitter bitter bitter...small coffee taste in the finish which is dry and alcohol...
drooge99 (4) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2004 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted a slight bitter. Dry, but tangy. smooth syrup base with a soft aftertaste, not too pungent though. 8.9% alcohol makes this one to be enjoyed, just not too fast.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Bottle: Poured a dark black colored beer with almost no head. Aroma is comprised of a strong chocolate and coffee mix. The chocolate and coffee also hits you right at the first sip along with some roastiness. A bit too much bitterness at the end for my liking though. Carbonation is bit weak and body is strong which was expected. Overall, this is a very good drink but maybe not as much as some make it out to beÖ
Re-rate Dec 2008: Well done with loads of chocolate and coffee notes and a full body. Upgrading rating to 4.1
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An amzing beer. Strong but very smooth. Perfect stout for a malt fiend. This beer could almost be dangerous as it is soooo smooth despite the alcohol.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with slight tan head that diminished quickly. Robust roasted coffee flavor with vanilla, caramel, and dark fruit. Iím amazed at how well the alcohol is masked, despite the ABV!
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 bottle: 12 oz. Almost black dark mahogony/brown w rather small tan head that fell quickly, little lace. Carbonation was good with many small bubbles. Sediment in the bottle. Aroma is creamy, somewhat sweet, dark roasted malt with a bit of a Belgian essence, and hops in the background. Flavor is spicey, complex, perfumey, dark roasted malt with a touch of dark roasted coffee and European chocolate. Alcohol is noticible but well masked. A definate sweetness is present. Hops are well integrated into the flavors and finish with a nice, sharp, unmistaken bitterness. Not quite as full bodied as I expected. (Victory Storm King was on my mind). Very good Imperial stout, especially considering the price. Would like to taste from a freshly tapped keg. Remove from fridge at least 1/2 hour before you drink if your refer is cold and let it warm up to at least 55 degrees. Was sorry to see the bottom of the glass. 3/29/06 Iím drinking this now at PP Solana. Tap, and Itís very good. Iím upping it from 3.9 to 4.3. Full bodied, complex, excellent balance between sweet & bitter. Alcohol perfectly integrated. Fine brew. 8/15/06: This Imp stout is quite good. Full bodied, spicy, sipping stout. Yum. *Having this in any quantity in the fridge is a curse. The only thing I can think of is attacking it.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black and opaque under a thin tan head. Aromas of espresso and bitter-sweet chocolate emerge at once. First sip was a bit surprising relative to this stoutís considerable bitterness and bite. This was not a negative, but most Imperial Stoutís Iíve had have leaned toward the sweeter side. Flavors very reminiscent of the aroma with lots of roasted malt and probably black patent, along with a generous addition of hops to give it a long, dryish finish. Alcohol intigrates very nicely. A superb west coast I. S. indeed!
Bodomite (34) - USA - JUL 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
VERY strong stout. Strong taste of Hops, nice roasted malts, and coffee? Very thick with nice brown head that lasts for the duration of the drink. Overall VERY good stout for winter. Reccomended for Chirstmas or New Years!
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark beer with a hint of ruby color that sports a big beige head. huge roasted malt and coffee aroma with a slight underlying hop presence. Tons of roasted malt, some coffee, molasses, and raisins with a lingering bitterness and a dry finish. If you want tons of roasted malts in your imperial stout, youíll love this one. Hides alcohol well.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful Imperial Stout. For whatever reason, though, it just doesnít look like an imperial, perhaps its lack of head just threw me off (i know imperials often lack head, but this one had NONE). However, the aroma of this incredibly complex beer blew me away. It tastes like burnt wood and fruit swabbed with some syrup and then immediately liquified. Mmmhmm. Makes me forget about the ACME IPA.