Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black as night with a small head that quickly fades. Huge roasted aroma. It has a creaminess that I wish more stouts had. Huge explosion of coffee/chocolate/alcohol/dark fruit flavors that keep on going minutes later. Thanks legion242!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and rich, yet smooth. Has a great roasted flavor and warming finish. To me, the higher alcohol content is masterfully hiden.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn this is good. Poured a nice thick head that rose above the rim almost half an inch and stayed firm. Black in color, no light comes through at all. Nice malty aroma with a hint of alcohol but very well masked. Delicious burnt malty/chocolate flavors smooth from start to finish. Definately at the top of my list and nice to have a store that sells it now.
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, husky), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a light note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly husky. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Over six years since my last rating, so I thought...why not? This never fails to disappoint, but itís popularity always make me curious to try it again after a long hiatus. As usual, popular things are rarely great. Iím not even sure *why* this is popular, though. It has very little to entice in the nose, itís rather doughy, husky, and acidic, and overall itís just...well..."blah". There are so many vastly superior examples of this style that I just canít fathom its legion of fans. But thatís the way of things, I suppose. Iím not a North Coast hater...they do make some decent brews now and then, but this has never been one of them. This is a clumsy, simple, crude beer and it will likely be a long time yet again before I ever get curious enough to buy a bottle again.
FortWorthBrew99 (6) - fort worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2002 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too much of a dark chocolate flavour for my taste, an unenjoyable brew.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful start, deep dark black color, chocolate with hints of carmel, definately will be drinking this one again. A wonderful stout
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great carmel/coffee aroma, dark black opaque color. rich taste with a clean hoppy finish
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderfully smooth roasted flavor with hops balanced with maltiness. Dark and delicious!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice Imperial, better than Storm King in my opinion but not as good as Left Hand. Needs a little more complexity and a little less íburnt-bitter.í
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
íDark as the inside of a cowí. Large frothy chocolate head, tons of lace, a nose that simply reeks of toasted grains, chocolate, caramel. Big sweet malt start, top íDonít get no fuller than thisí, finish is hop spicy, light to moderate carbonation, dry. Just canít remember having a better íImperial than thisí. A must try for all íLovers of the Dark sideí, and if your a íStoutí lover, íBaby your ship just came iní.