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 (7644) - 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 (1118) - 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.
r464 (2074) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Dark as night. Not much head, but a deep tan one it is. The alcohol is very well masked. I would not have thought that it was an imperial stout if someone just gave me a glass! Very nice hints of coffee and chocolate. An almost wine-like fruit flavor lies underneath. Worth trying.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great imperial stout..i describe it to my "non good beer drinking" friends as guinness on steroids...def. worth picking up,,and having a few in the fridge at all times!
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 bottle..
WOW this is awsome!!.
black with a thick milk chocolate looking head!! thick heavy lacing.
rich sweet smoked taste roasty baby!!
this is good!! must buy.. must try!!
IndianaRed (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 BottlePours black with a dark tan creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bunrt charcoal and coffee.
Taste is a very dark roast, smokey coffee flavor. A little extra carbonation than other stouts. Feel is rich thick and smooth. Nice fnish with aproppriate bitterness and smokey taste. The ABV is masked well.
Very good. Even if the picture looks like he's maing the "loser" sign.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 The pour is just beautiful on this one - pitch black with a tan head, mild carbonation and great lacing. The aroma includes elements of the vine, with some raspberry even. What shows up at the beginning of the aroma (a chocolate blast) hits the tongue first, then comes the sweet, warm anise (jager) finish. There is a little touch of coffee, but not the dryness and only a touch of bitter. This is really sweet nectar.