CapFlu (4857) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 (Bottle) Brown head with an opaque body. Rich and complex. Cask whiskey, port nose. Coffee, cocoa, whiskey. Excellent! (3.9/5) UPDATE: Beige head, opaque body. Nose of coffee. Cask whiskey flavour, cocoa. Carbonated, thin and fizzy. Obvious alcohol presence. (3.1/5)
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 Smells very strong of roasty creamy chocolate & coffee/alcohol.Nice ebony color/mohogany highlights.Tastes very nice and better as it warms.Roasted choco-coffee/slightly smoked with hops and alcohol w/some cream in there.Hints of port and other complxities just waiting to come out through aging.Intense.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Bottle. Very very dark, with just a little head. Burnt malt aroma. Toasted malt flavor with undertones of coffee. Has a little bite. Oh man this is good.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2002 (I think). The bottle pours black, thick, and no head. The aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor, outstanding for an Imperial Stout. This is quite good. I taste dark chocolate, good coffee flavors, very little hop (perhaps from one year age), and very little alcohol. The palate, rich and well done. Overall, this is very, very good.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, 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 (30943) - 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 (89) - 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.