Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best Imperial Stouts that I have ever had! Nice dark Rich color, with a bitter taste and smootheness that was great! I will drink this again, thanks to Dogbrick for this one!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don't necessarily agree that the alcohol is that well hidden, I am aware with each sip that this is a strong concoction - but the complex chocolate/coffee/fruit flavors are very prominent and I am not complaining. This example seems very true to the style. Although I don't often lean toward something this heavy, I did find it to be perfect for the winter evening and will be buying some more... soon.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap at Archer's Ale House. A Beauty is this beer. Body is black with minimal brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and porty. Taste is robust and the high ABV is not noticeable. The chocolate and coffee standout but are nicely blened with the roasted malt taste. Finish is smooth and creamy. A Stout Lovers dream!
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tried it on tap after buying some garbage in a corked bottle (another RIS). This one cleaned my palate and then some. Located a 4-pack at a local grocery store and ran home. This is a great stout. I recommend a two beer max on weeknights as it packs a wallop.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great Imperial Stout. Caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavor. Finishes smooth and creamy. Recommended.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2003 Roasted malt aroma. Nice tan head over a black body. Initial flavors with roasted coffee. Dark chocolate tones in the middle with a nice, warm, dry, finish with a touch of alcohol flavor.
boto (1850) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 WOW! I bought this just as something interesting to try. Hadn’t looked at previous ratings first. What a beer. This is a superb Imperial stout. If there were a required drinking list, this would be on it!
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful imperial stout. Good aroma of alcohol and roasted malt. Very tasty.
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! Nice dark and thick looking and pouring beer. A lot of alcohol and some amazing taste, which covers up the alcohol a litter. One of the best tasting strong ales I have ever had.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark and black-hearted, like the Mystic whose name sake it bears. Currants, coffee, chocolate ... it all comes together gloriously ... culminating in an IRS experience that would make Boris Yeltsin put down his Vodka for more. The hops are in the nose but not on the palate to any degree that takes away from this category of stout. Let this baby warm up before giving it a real go ... you won't be disappointed.