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 (6600) - 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 lover’s 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. It’s too many for me - I’ll get home on my own, thank you - but an excellent Imperial, nonetheless.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, 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.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark black in color with a thick brown head. Smelling of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Taste is full flavored with hints of coffee and toffee with a sweet malty taste, very sastisfying.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with attractive hints of reddish brown at the bottom of the glass. well retained, noisy tan head. in my opinion, drinking this beer this beer is best described as having an alcoholic mars bar with a really good cup of espresso(in a good way). a gorgeous stout.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this again and it was much better, more well rounded and didn’t taste astringent at all. 9/17/02 - 3.7: The extrememly intense flavor many are discribing as ’licorice’ is a bit over the top for me...almost astringent tasting. Very rich malt, but there seems to be a lot of flavor masked by the tastes I’ve described thus far. .... I allowed the beer to mellow out quite a bit and towards the end of the bottle roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate rear their ever so welcome heads and add a lot to the beer. Dry crackery wheat aftertaste (Triscuits?).