bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense and strong. Alcohol hits quickly. This beer could be a bit bitterer but what a great stout. The finish builds as you swallow. It kind of sneaks up on you.
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Deep brown and burgundy hue with a nice vivid light brown head. Very robust and strong aroma of roasted malts and oats. Caramel tones within the nose. Excited first touch to the lips and tongue, hints of spices, sap, pine, and pepper all underneath a fat tone of black licorice. Taste ends with an acidic and carbonated kick, and the palate is left scorched but pleased. Fizzy,
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice sweet floral aroma. Lacks the coffee aroma of other stouts. Pours black-ruby, tan head is robust initially but dininishes. Palate is complex and satisfying, heavy and thick. Flavour is enjoyable. Loses points on the finish - the alcohol stands out and could be more smoothly delivered. While I appreciate the brewing of a good stout, I would find it hard to drink two of these in a row. A good beer but not really my style.
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 One dark coloured light headed commie. The covering light fruity aroma is a surprise with the dark colour. The more usual malty nose is beneath if you look. A lighter body than expected with a noticeable alcohol character and finish. Imperial is a good word since you can taste the pedigree.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
looks like a hellish dark night tastes likes gods nector. Great malty flavor with nice bitter finish. Top 3 imperial stouts on the market.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good dark beer, black as night.when poured has a creamy tan heas that dissapates quickly.Has a smoke flavor that lasts from beginning to end.This was a real good beer and I probaly will have again.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Solid black, black as a moonless night....one finger high head of super lumpy, solid crunchy top, but also looks fluffy and light, tan in color, leaves some spotty lace patches. Smell, dead on, is a great sweet dark chocolatey aroma with notes of dark fruit - banana, starfruit, mango, strawberry, and black cherry all noted. Taste is a swirling light chocolate, sweet and dark smoothness throughout, yum. Nice twinged hops in the finish that brings out just the right bitterness and dryness to say hello kindly and leave you with a smile. Feel is full and creamy with a way easy smoothness that makes this a amazingly drinkable stout. North Coast has a winner here.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black... but not really thick. Brown head, but not very carbonated. Aroma is spicy. This one is more chocolaty in flavour than imperials I REALLY like. As with other beers in this type you get LOTS of taste. ;) Unlike some other beers in this family you don't really taste the extreme alchohol content.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a thin brown head. Nice smell of coffee, dark chocolate and hops. Wonderful aroma! The taste expands on the aroma. More coffee and dark chocolate but the bitterness of the hops takes a step forward. Finishes bitter and has a sharp edge to the body. Great beer!
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bit of a letdown. very big flavours, ugly and badly combined. way grapefruity and vanillay - itself a stupid combination - and undeniably complex, with extra sherbet, ryebread, and mint. just a mess i think, and i definitely see what ecrvich is on about with the west coast citrus-acidity. might be good in an IPA but in a stout it's silly.