stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate - 1 year old. Smooth and delicious. An excellent beer, but the few bottles I had could have used some cellaring - Iím assuming it was too fresh because the flavors were all distinct and sharp. I imagin it is good after a year or two when all the flavors have settled and blended. Pours opaque with a rich tan head. Aroma of coffee, roast, and malt. Flavor includes roast, chocolate, and bitter. Finishes distinct and sharp.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 4, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Coffee, charcoal and brandy aromas; opaque brown color and a low foamz head. Very intense, bitter tastes - tabacco, espresso, licorice. Thick body and a full mouth. The alcohol kicks it up a notch. Maybe too bitter? I donít think so. Not for the weak at heart.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fanastic appearance. Pours with a big, khaki head and a very dark ruby color. Quite dry, and a very roasted malt taste. Alcohol presence is noteworthy but definitely does not detract from taste.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 I donít know if it was the age or if it was different but the gold wax,bottles were better,rating for regular.Re-Rate:Millennium release.Gold,wax covered bomber.Huge malt espresso,chocolate,and VINOUS aromas.Taste is loaded with complex flavors(coffee,burnt chocolate cake,molasses,and then a huge,roasty,and vinous-alcoholic finish.Hops arenít in the background but the flavor of the malts and the alcohol makes almost unnoticable. Buttery,rummy palate and head which at first was about an inch,now, is a perfect lacey ring.As it warms,more, the complex flavor just gets better and more drinkable.Not that the drinkablility was lacking.This is slowly becoming a fav of mine.
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 (636) - 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 (1834) - 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.