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 (2111) - 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 (1277) - 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.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark with almost no head. Tastes a bit like burnt medicine/cough syrup. Not bad but not one of the beers I'd order right away.
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like a mix between molasses and oil. Very thick brew with an excellent aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate immediately smack you upside the head. There is also a definite hop bitterness that becomes more prevalant in the finish. Alcoholic strength becomes more noticable at the end of the glass as well. An excellent Russian.