Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Bottled. Rate No. 1000; Black with thick beige head. Rich, juicy burnt malt flavours. Sharp, bitter, possibly over done flavours. Tannic flavours line the side of the mouth and deliver a dryness that begs cleansing. Strongly flavoured to be sure but not nearly as complex as some would have you believe from the scriptures below. Thanks to my good buddy Silk for this bottle, chris_o for his part earlier tonight in getting me to 999, and my better half Cass, who has put up with the rating for the past eleven months. Also thanks to the other wicked folk I've had beer with over the past year. You, freaks and Jedi's, know who you are.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick dark beer with a small dense brown head. The aroma is intense with roasted barley and hoppiness. The taste has a thick mouthfeel with evidence of alcohol in the finish. Flavor is bitter and hoppy with a coffee roastedness.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I has this yesterday Cask conditioned at Kclinger's Tavern in Hanover Pa. Rich and malty with a large roasted malt aroma. Full dark tan head that stood for quite some time, black opaque color. Godd full roasted malt flavors with some hop bitterness. Has a slightly bittersweet molasses flavor but the bitterness balances it. An extremely good Imperial Stout!
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my second sampling of this. I bought it about six months ago before I liked stouts, and this one about kicked my ass.
Pours a dark brown with a very nice tan head that stays around just long enough to leave a decent lace.
Smells toasty, as in coffee, caramel, and a touch of hops, but there's also a metalic *smell* in this beer. Very weird.
Tastes metalic as well. It's not just the mouthfeel, it's a tastes. The flavors echo the scent.
Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp with what would be a nice mineral feel but it's closer to the metalic side. Drinkability might be a bit higher but this is the first beer I've had and I'm buzzing while there's still an inch of beer left in my glass.
DYCSoccer17 (3639) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It's about time I get my grubby fingers on a bottle of this. Pours the proverbial thick opaque black with a 1.5cm tan head that unfortunately dissipates all too quickly. Aroma is malty with roast coffee and chocolate notes. Sweeter than expected, especially in the end. Ethanol is unfortunately overly noticeable in the middle. A fair imperial stout, but the 9% is just way too detectable. Personally, I think this one is a little overrated. Too much booze presence in this guy.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
after having the speedway, this just does not compare. this seemed a typical stout. not very impessive in flavor or palate. weak at best
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich malt, plum, sweet coffee and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Black with a thin tan head. Big malt flavor, nice coffee bitterness. Rasin and plum and a bitter alcohol finish. Wonderful silky mouthfeel. The only thing I would change in this beer would be to turn down the hops.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 SE Gathering: Nice medium brown color but unfortunately very little head and lacing. Flavor is nice and chocolaty with a malty sweetness throughout.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 Virtually opaque deep brown, only a small amount of light passes through - creating mahogany highlights. It is topped with a large diminishing khaki head. Intense aroma of roast, raisin, coffee, licorice and chocolate. Medium creamy palate with soft carbonation. Slightly astringent, the alcohol does leave a nice vinous/brandy like warmth. Powerful flavor of roast, pine, coffee, chocolate, licorice and a hint of dark fruit. Excellent!
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black appearance with a large tan head. Aroma was of fresh coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is bitter with chocolate, raisins, and licorice. Some alcohol was noticeable but not overwhelming. Another great beer sampled at the Atlanta gathering.