HighlanderOne (1172) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I shouda known better. Imperial stouts, in general, are not for me. Strong aroma of hops, alcohol and malt. Flavor so intense that I literally took 2 steps back on the first sip. In fact, I couldn't get past the alcohol in the flavor to really appreciate the hops and malt characteristics. Couldn't even finish this one.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful! This is a big chocolatey stout that still let's the hop bite through at the end. MUST be allowed to warm in order to appreciate the full range of roasty flavors. It pours like oil and has virtually no head. With effort small swirls of brown bubbles form. A big, bold stout!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 bottle. Poured out black as tar with a dark brown head that disappeared quickly. No lacing. Strong malt aroma with alcohol behind it. Very strong flavor, lots of malt and coffee. Bitter aftertaste. A great stout.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 2001. Pours out jet black with a small dark brown head. Sweet aroma of raisins and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet with lots of roasted coffee coming through, alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste. I really enjoyed this stout
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 4/26/03: bottle.
black body with no lacing. sweet malty aroma. flat looking but lots of activity in the mouth. malt and coffee taste. pretty strong with a bitter finish.
(10/25/03) tried it again. added notes include:
small amount of a creamy, chocolate head with a touch of lacing. chocolate nose with some sweetness. there are also hints of alcohol. extremely sweet and sour flavor followed immediately with a strong bitterness. the finish also notes a bit of a bitter tea taste. (7,4,7.3,17)
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black, thick, and syrupy w/ no head, but there is a fine ring of bubbles around the glass at the top of the beer. Hoppy and chocolate aromas with plums, raisins and caramel malt. Very young! This beer needs a few years to mature and develope more character. Chocolate malt and sweetness at the start with caramel coming through mid sip. No roasted grain flavors that are perceivable. Finish is quite bitter, but evenly bitter, not harsh. No dark fruit in the flavor either. This one is chewy, but not cloying in the mouthfeel w/ minimal carbonation. I've had a bottle of '97 and a '00, both were very good. I'd suggest aging this at least 5 years to let the bitterness subside and let it develope some other flavors and aromas that this young beer does not have just yet. The '97 was very smooth and had a lot of dark fruit in aroma and flavor and no lingering bitterness. The '97 was a little rough around the edges, but was starting to develope the flavors and aromas that the '97 had. The '97 was 5 years old when I had it and the '00 2 years old.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2003 A jet black beer with a tan head that fades to a light lacing. Much too high alcohol presence in my opinion. More like a stiff brandy, but it's unpleasant in this beer. Thick and dark, molasses and maple syrup tasting coffee. A so-so Imperial Stout. Re-rate: This one is much better than the first time I had it...not such strong alcohol, and much more well-balanced.
notalush (5669) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2003 Dark black with tan head - aroma is overly alcoholic, as is the flavor - coffee, brown sugar, molassas are all present, but the alcohol in the flavor almost ruins them - hop bite in the finish makes things interesting, but this is out of balance. [re-rate, originally 2.9] I think that my first sample of this beer had something wrong with it, because the second time I tried this I thought it was excellent - the hop bitterness, chocolate/coffee/currant/plum flavors and malt sweetness are all in perfect balance - this sample is right up there with the other great American-made Imperials like North Coast and Kalamazoo.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
An oily thick black with a medium creamy milk chocolate colored head. Pacific hops aroma with chocolate and roasted malt. What started out as a medium bitter beer turned astringent and undrinkable for the last third of the glass. Initial flavors of chocolate and roasted malt with hops as a background but these soon dominate and encompass the whole beer making it one dimensional.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet burnt aroma with tart aromas coming out as the beer warms. Chocolate and coffee hidden in there among toast, burnt fruit, and a little esters. Smooth mouthfeel maybe a little over carbed. Sweet with a burnt smokey finish. Great stout.