rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the finest beers Iíve ever had. Iíve enjoyed this more each time Iíve tried it. The aroma is rich with luscious chocolate. The flavors include chocolate, caramel, roasty espresso, molasses, and cloves. Itís thick and creamy, black in the glass with a brown foamy head. Splendid.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2003 Pours a thick, dark almost black color. Low carbonation with average head. Smells of chocolates and coffee, a malty bitter smell of a true imperial stout. FULL of flavors. I would have to drink 100 of these to find all the different flavors. My favorite beer at the moment. Rerate DowngradeNot as rich as I remember, but still thick and complex. Still yummy though.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a pretty damned near incredible brew that I donít take for granted in any way. This is the best beer I received through my Secret Santa samplings(thanks for the setup ChimayBabe) and like all imperial stouts, it knocked me on my ass. Very little head (probably due to transit) but what head was present was dark tan, nose of sweet, syrupy alcohol; palate was infused with robust coffee and licorice overtones, and finish was slightly acidic and burned inside with alcohol - a perfect winter brew...
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark not quite black color and medium head. Roasted aroma. Bitter roasted chocolate flavor. You can taste the alcohol. Acidic finish.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 Very dark pour, black, almost opaque with little head. Roast malts and some fruit stand out the most in the nose. Grape or plum is what I'm getting the most. The flavor is where this gets complex. Lots of roast malts, coffee, grape/raisin that finishes with a hearty bitterness. Pretty big body, but it's not too cloying or syrupy. Oily palate makes this a damn fine Impy stout
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite a coffee/chocolate aroma. Deepest brown, small cappuccino head. Strong coffee flavour, hint of liquorice. Oily, good bitterness. A well defined Imperial Stout!
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark ruby, low on gas. Nice hue. Rich, intensive aroma. Chocolaty, coffeeyesh brew. Highly sophisticated palate. Less brutal and much more refined than most other stouts. Very smooth, velvety, creamy. Very nice!
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is a beer loverís beer. not for any one light of heart. mix this with old stock ale and a guinness and your stomach will either learn to love you..sooner or later.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Intense" puts it pretty mildly. This beer comes on like the overly amorous guy at the end of the party, but with loads more charm. A breath like that guy, too, strong with alcohol - he was drinking brandy old fashioneds, plainly. Powerful chocolate, cherry, and smoke. Itís too many for me - Iíll get home on my own, thank you - but an excellent Imperial, nonetheless.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Have had this twice in the last few days; once in my hotel room in FL, and once at home. Has a wood/oak barrel aroma, very smoky, roasty. More substantial head than most imperials, really tiny bubbles that I feel help the palate rating rather than take away. High alcohol content not immediately apparent. A small hint of berry, perhaps dark cherry (?), and super warming. This is a big boy, and maybe my 2nd fav Imperial behind, almost up there in drinkability with Storm King.