Blockhead (11) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my very favorites. Strong, thick, balanced, perfect alcohol content. SMOOTH. You want a thoroughy enjoyable, DRINKABLE Imperial stout, this one is for you. I consider it significantly better than Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, and that one is a near-masterpiece.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really great beer. Pours pitch black with an everlasting tan head.
Flavor is a complex of alcohol and roasted malts. Great balance. I can't believe some of the Imp. Stouts rated above it (stone? victory??)
hotstuff (4777) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A small sized light brown head that was creamy and smooth with fine-medium sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was opaque with some visible carbonation and a black hue. The nose was malty, chocolate and some alcohol notes. The flavor was chocolate, malt and coffee. The mouthfeel was somewhat smooth. There was a fair amount of lacing with this beer.
thedm (5439) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew poured a large head of finely sized brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a opaque dark brown colored body with no visible carbonation and a fair lace. The aroma is nice with a big brown malt scent and a mild hop content. The mouth feel is initially biting with a lingering hop bite. The flavor is malty with a hop note and a strong molasses flavor.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big beer, black in color. Full bodied. Very roasty. I really enjoyed this. Hoppy aroma. Very complex. Tasted caramel too. Decent.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big and black with tan head. Big hoppy aroma, with roasty undetones. Chewy big beer with lots of hops. Decent, but could age a couple of years.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with clinging beige head. Aroma is smoky, gassy, charred wood, vanilla bean and alcohol. Flavor is slightly sweet, milky, and charred to the extreme. WAY overboard on the black patent malt here. Lots of espresso notes here, but lacking the fruity complexity of my favorite imperial stouts. Probably a bit too hoppy, and this combines with the grainy bitterness to create a somewhat unpleasant astringency. Very creamy, almost fatty finish--kind of like a pudding of sorts. The very bitter roasty notes hang around for a LONG time. Quite enjoyable, but not my kind of imperial.
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Palate reset beer on return from Belgium. Black with brown around the edges. Heady aromas of spruce and chocolate, with flavors a spot on match. Full bodied and excellent.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real black beer. Definite Dark Choclate present. I also didn't notice the alcohol content until I read it. Flavor sticks around and doesn't fade fast.
haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahhhh rating 400. Wow that's a lot of beers that I have had. Deep black pour with a creamy tan head. Hints of chocolate. Some alcohol lingers in teh aroma, which is fine with me. Smooth and drinkable. Dark chocolate dominates the flavor, but lingering in the background is roasted malt and some hints of coffee. I can taste some of the alcohol, but that never bothered me to begin with. A really good Stout, but doesn't rank up to the Stouts I've had already. Still, very good.