npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, creamy mouthfeel, with flavors of burnt coffee and caramel. I found some slightly off-putting sour, vinous notes in the finish, however.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
OK so Iíve used the words írichí and complex cavalierly before. This is the first beer Iíve had to rival drinking Guinness in a pub on St Pats in my imagination. A heady brandy-like flavour and something else that I can only liken to the pleasant sensation of a fine cigar. Wow. You get the post cigar feeling of genuine well being, too. A tuly magical beer and the finest imperial Iíve ever been in the same room with.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2001
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Took awhile to get used to. Started off with an aftertaste, dry and hoppy, that was a little too strong for my liking. As it warmed the rich chocolate and roasted, coffee flavors came through and subdued the aftertaste, as did the high alcohol content. Nice, but i prefer other styles of stout.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice- Got that littles bit of hop on the backend.A little lighter than some Imperials but still good chocolate roasty flavors
radek6999 (12) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2001
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An absolutely wonderful experience. It starts out slightly hoppy and once it warms the roasted malts take charge. Warning: Not for the weak at heart.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - OCT 4, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beige head leaving a nice lacing over a dark brew. Fruity nose. Chocolaty and roasty some black licorice notes. Not my favorite Imperial but a darn good one. Well done North Coast!
Kodos (200) - USA - OCT 4, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I agree, this seemed a little light for an Imperial. Licorice-coffee notes were very distinct although slightly less sweetness than other Imperials. Overall a great example of an Imperial Stout.
Brent (116) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
For an imperial, this was surprisingly light (in a relative sort of way) and restrained. The chocolate notes were more milk-chocolate than dark chocolate, and the coffee flavors were quite mild. The finish had a slight hint of vanilla. In a blind tasting, I would not have thought this an imperial - more like a robust porter, as the alcohol did a good job of hiding in the background, but a very tasty (and potent) brew nonetheless.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice full, thick imp stout. Loads of coffee flavor. Didnít have the richness of lingering sweetness of some imp stouts, which was a disappointment, but still a very tasty and rewarding beer.
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I enjoyed this beer to itís extreme last night, and I donít think that I can say anything else that has not already been said. I had it a little warm (@ 69 deg.), but all that really did to the taste was dry out the roasty flavor a little (which is not too bad...for me!) and the alcohol was a little more apparent. But even at the temp. that I had it at, it still was a world-class redition of an Imperial, and was the most balanced Imperial that I had to date. Exceptional, and highly recommended!