CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark black with a modest light tan head. Aroma of molasses and coffee. The body is sweet, thick and oily with a roasted chocolatey finish. The alcohol is very apparent throughout. In fact if I didnít know, Iíd swear this was stronger than the DFHWWS 18%. Apart from its evidence of alcohol, this is a good brew.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2003 (21Jan2003--12oz.bottle)
Nice beer, on the tame side of recent imperials, not that this is a bad thing.
It looks just like the kitchen-sink imperials we loved to brew in college; dark and lovely, with a beautiful, long-lasting head.
My only real complaint is a lack of complexity in flavor.
Head: Fine, crimson-colored, partly diminishing, lacy, effervescent.
Aroma: Powerful. Hops and alcohol dominate, followed by iodine and some toasty/roasty notes, also some vanillins.
Color: Deepest ruby red; not fully opaque.
Flavor: Initially bitter, quite alcoholic; any heaviness is offset by a surprisingly persistent effervescence.
Finishes maltier, creamy, somewhat astringent, somewhat yeasty, intensely bitter, somewhat balanced by some increasing sweetness (syrup/raspberries).
shorlin (548) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Little head. Iím pouring this fairly cold, so maybe it would be a little thicker otherwise. Tan foam on edges, nice lace. Deep barleywine like aroma. Alcohol, but dried fruit also. Yummy! Big alcohol start and a deep roasty finish. The alcohol is a bit much, so just 8 for flavour. But a super beer!! <b>Thanks to hopsrus</b>
JFGrind (1776) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alcohol aroma evident as soon as the bottle was opened. Poured a thick dark beer with a thin tan head that remained withthe stout unitl the bottom of the glass. Excellent Imperial Stout I hope to have this again real soon.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick very heavy stout. Bitter hop tastle with touches of malt.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very black complex imperial. This one had plenty of roasted malts and a nice bite in the finish.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 Black,large brown head.Complex nose of alcohol,dark malts,sweet and medium roast.Big rich chewy palate,chocolate & coffee, medium roast.Bitter dry roast finish
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is exactly what an imperial stout should be - intense. Almost black, head was kind of small. Outstanding aroma of chocolate, coffee, some fruit (raisins), and alcohol. Strong bitterness from both hops and roasted barley. Full mouthfeel, this was a slow-sipping beer. I think Iíd have trouble drinking more than one because this beer is so rich.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Itís been quite a while since Iíve rated (hell, even tasted) this beauty so itís time for a revisiting. Pours a death black color with a tall, frothy head. The aroma hits you with a large blast of malt, alcohol, and coffee. Very dry and slightly bitter up front. About a medium dosage of roasts. There is an almost berry-ish taste to it, but itís very faint. Still a damn fine brew..
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<P>Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): Aroma: some hoppiness, some soap. Flavor is bitter hops. A little sweet, but not too sweet. Chocolate domintes the malt. some burnt.
<P>Typical appearance for any rich stout or imperial stout. Deep black with dark tan head. Head wasnít very large, but not overly small either. Aroma is has the burnt chocolately aroma typical of the style, but itís in competition with the sharp citric peel of the hops. Seemed very balanced between the two. Some sweetness in the aroma as well. The flavor is lighter than I expected. Thereís a thin burnt bitterness and citrus peel flavor (although sharper like lemon or grapefruit than fuller orange peel flavor). This is all backed up by by the rich malt, but less so than Expedition or World Wide. It was also less sweet than those others. Not quite as overwhelming as the others and a bit more drinkable.