jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Re-rate 4-18-05:
Still a really good impy, but I find the alcohol less hidden and more astringent than I once did, now that I have had a few other impy stouts.
Black with a great brown head. Starts with coffee and chocolate, with the perfect amount of hops to bite at the end. Alcohol warms at the end and can be tasted, but the rest of it stands up to it well.
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is fantastic; sweet with strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate. The color is pithch black and it has a fantastic dark brown head. The flavor is fantastic too; starting out very sweet before the complexity hits You with notes of sweet black chocolate, licorice, and hints of coffee. The sweet start is soon taken over by more powerful stout notes of roasted malts, tar, wood, bitter chocolate, and bitter hops. Even with the roasted malts and the bitter hops the mouthfeel is still very smooth. But the bitter and roasted/burnt flavors lingers on Your tongue for a long time after taking a sip. It is so strong, that it warms my ears - a great winter beer. This is one of the very best beers I've ever had. Thanks a million to Alex (fiulijn) for trading this one with me.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great black color with small tan and slightly orange head. smells prominently of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate as well with a coffee bitter aftertaste. Had an unpleasant metallic/bottle flavor right after the pour, but this only lasted for a few tastes.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black as coal, small brown creamy head. Aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt. It has an intense mouthfell (just the way I like) with strong notes of dark chocolate, espresso, dried plums, smoke with some ashy and hop notes. Long and full finish of espresso with a hop bite. As you know - this is a world class beer.
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good. Port wine, caramel. I can't decide if I prefer this or the more hoppy Rogue Imperial. Excellent, and priced well.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was sweet and fruity. (like description) Nicely malted with the alcohol aparent but not prevalent. Very dark color with a thick head and lots of lacing. Great imperial.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2011 Excellent beer. Dark pour. Aroma of toasted and roasted malts, chocolate, big hops. Mouth feel is so creamy, and the flavor is incredibly rich, with quite a bit of hop bitterness. Chocolaty, roasty, hoppy, bitter, just tremendous. Itís so rich itís like eating a sweet dessert and makes me crave a glass of milk. The alcohol is nowhere to be found until it warms up, and even then itís still barely there. Quite dry on the finish, and I love that about this beer. This one sets itself apart and does itís own thing as an imperial stout. Very, very good. A memorable drink, indeed.
On tap this is a dream. For me, itís basically the ideal imperial stout.
Reid (1993) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought in the 12 oz brown botle with a great lithograph of old Grigory on the label!!
Well this beer darn well looks perfect dark, dark almost pitch black beer topped by a medium tan colour heead that sinks into a large amount of lace.
The aroma of this brew is wonderful to behold..i smell vast amounts of roasted grain..some malt and a viscous alcohol aroma.
Taste is how can I say it?..out of this world
..first malt then hops..but theres great chunks of black coffee..unsweetened dark chocolate..a great but not overwhelming stuff.
Mouthfeel? how can i describe it other than to says ts almost perfect.
For such a robust beer its actually quite alright for a quiet night in by the fire..
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black with a tan head and red at the edges of the glass. aroma is strong and of coffee, chocolate and rasins. flavor is full and of coffee, chocolate, and plums. body is full and thick. has a mellowness in the palate that is very enjoyable. this is a really good imperial stout and I will definately have it again.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 Opaque black color with a thick tan head. Sweet chocolate, coffee and citrus hops aroma. Very rich flavor, full of chocolate and coffee with a hint of grape and citrus. Nice, lightly carbonated feel. Definitely one of my favorites!