Terminus (3319) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 ReRate-bottle-aged almost 1 year. pours a deep brown hue (yes, this beer was not black-i could see quite a bit of light through it) with awesome lacing. Unfortuately, for me to really like an imperial’s appearance, i HAS to be pitch black. Aromas of woody hops, char, dark chocolate, roast, mocha kinda like coca puffs with a sliglty vineous twang. Big vanilla/char/roasted flavors with a long very long char finish. Flavors are huge, but the body sufferes somewhat from thinness. A top 50? thats arguable. A damn quality stout, definately (this tends to lean towards an imperial porter kinda IMO) Tastes awesome as a black and tan with FFF Alpha King
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of Whoppers malted candy balls and whisky, maybe a bit of coffee too. Nice masking of the alcohol, but don't drink the entire 4 pack!!!! A really easy to find Imperial Stout that stands up well to the more elite and expensive ones.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great looking beer, espresso color with thick almond color head. Aroma of very dark roasted grain with light coffee touch. Bitter malty taste with a tang on the tounge finish.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am completely in love with this stout. Strong aroma, thick brown head, completely black body, opaque. Wonderful bitterness, very chocolaty. Alcohol content is masked well, very nicely balanced. I cant think of a better stout that I've had. This is second only to Fuller's 1999 for me.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pour almost black dark amber color. It formed a nice dark tan foamy heal that left some nice circular lace. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. The body was a bit thinner than the few others I have tried. The finish was of a burnt bitter style.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2102) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the finest imperial stouts made, black in color with a thin tan head, a little bit of an alcoholic nose as well as bit of roasted maltiness, coffee undertones, the alcohol was very well masked with flavors hinting at dark roasted coffee & burnt barley, very sweet flavors as well as in the finish with a bit of alcoholic kick, very well balanced & full bodied, an excellent stout
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2003 One of the first beers that turned me from swill early on. I really enjoy the cocoa/coffee/fruity aroma with that slight licorice finish. I get hints of cherries and strawberries as well. Super smooth and a fine looker as well. I haven't found any alcohol in this (that is until I stand up).
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 This was the first Imperial Stout that I think I ever had, and now I wished that I hadn't waited so long to go back to it. Complex, a mix of fruit and coffee. Very balanced. Warm satisfying finish.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1-16-03: bottle. dark brown pour with thick tan head which diminishes to a thin line of carbonation and some lacing. dark brown full body- opaque. lots of chocolate in the nose. tastes of bitter, chocolate, and lots of malt. a good imperial stout.