whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is such a great imperal stout. Absolutely delicious! Very creamy and sweet with lots of chocolate. I love it!
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Linc for this bottle. Intensity without integration is my feeling on this one. I always feel a bit uncomfortable drinking a beer that nearly everyone has rated above 4, and that I find should be rated a bit lower. It could be that this beer needs some time to settle down and allow everything to mellow out, but at the moment it's a confused rush of alcohol, tangy carbonation and bitter bitter hops. Colour is nice - chocolate with scarlet depth. Aroma is powerful - chocolate, alcohol fumes and damp, rotting hay. Mouthfeel is syrupy and tangy with the carbonation until that dies down, then it just becomes syrupy. Flavour is chocolate again, and some lactic stout, then roasted barley, then the dry bitterness. The mouth is left with an unpleasant bitter mucus. I then dug out a bottle of Sam Smith's Imperial Stout and compared the two. The Sam Smith's didn't impress me as much as it has done on previous occasions - so maybe it's my mood?
jgb9348 (5012) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I've been waiting for this one for a while...I do like the Imperial Stout style, so we'll see where this one ranks. The colour is black on top, but if you stretch the beer (similar to wine), there is a noticable lighter brown colour near the bottom. The head is nice and thick with a brown colour. The smell is chocolate, roasted and definately malty. The taste is equally as good. It tastes like burnt everything, especially coffee. This is a great imperial stout that should be tried by everyone...as it is somewhat easy to find! I bought this at Chevy Chase Liqour & Wine in Washington, D.C.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
rich, coffee taste with a minimal amount of head. very similar to guinness, but perhaps a little better. slight hoppy aftertaste with a warming finish.
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks great. Dark, dark garnet. Extremely creamy tan head. Sheets of lace. Aroma of coffee, hazelnut, dark chocolate, and spice. Molasses and raisin also become apparent once tasted. Moderately earthy--rustic, even. Just a touch of alcohol warmth. Thick velvety mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Some fruity vinous notes come out in the finish, complimented by moderately strong dark, hoppy bitterness.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
im not the hippest on stouts and porters (because of their dessert type nature), but this one seems to be an exception, definitely hides its alcohol content behind its almost perfect flavor, rich, thick, chocolatey, very sweet aroma and flavor
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If this beer is 8.9%ABV, it sure hides it well. It pours out a deep reddish-black color, and the hops are evident from the word
go, unlike so many other Russian Imperial Stouts. It has a fruit-like character to it, with aromas of raisins, currants, and plums.
It has a chocolate middle taste to it, with plenty of warming alcohol tastes as well. It's hard to taste the alcohol, though, as this
beer hides it well. It leaves a lingering warmth in the throat & stomach, and a malty sweetness on the palate. The hop aroma is
nice when you open the bottle, but it's not overpowering. This beer is one to sip & enjoy on a cold winter evening in front of
your fireplace, perhaps with a fine cigar & a good book.
OldGrowth (2865) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Bottle: O.K. nose not as strong as I might have thought, coffee & chocolate come to mind. Nice dark brown color. Bitter creamy chocolate flavor cover the tounge. Rich and thick. You got to love it.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
We just got this in on tap at the bar last night so I was obliged to have one. Very hoppy, reminded me of Storm king but better.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 When I first opened the bottle I took a little sniff. My first impression was chocolate and alcohol. Almost like a chocolate cordial. Dark chocolatey appearance small head that started to disolve immediately. First sip was roasty tasting with bitter chocolate notes at the back. Wow this is a smooth Stout. A little on the bitter side but malt is seeming to wrestle for advantage. Itís warming up now and I start to smell coffee or espresso. This is a great stout and deserving of itís wide praise. If it werenít for the bitterness Iíd give it an even higher rating. Just my opinion.Re-Rate 2/14/10. Still a winner for me several years after my first tasting. Pitch black, thin kahki film. Smooth oily body. Aroma of roasted malts and espresso chocolate chip cookies. Sweet and bitter chocolate, some hops late and even some cherries. Overall one of the best.