stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1991 bottle. Very dark, thick and has a tan head of tight bubbles. Aroma is dominated by hops and roasted notes. Flavor is the same but chocolate and coffee start to come in as it warms up. Bitter from dark malts and from hops. Very good.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
- deep dark black/brown color, pours oily, light brown foam head, rich roasted malt aroma, some hop aroma, very light coffee aroma and light hints of chocolate; oily rich roasted flavor – extremely bitter and roasted, touches of alcohol flavor along with some hop bitterness, a very light touch of chocolate sweetness, very rich texture but not as syrupy as some other imperial stouts, some saltiness too, smooth
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent. That about sums it up. Hops ar eout of balnace and this is big from an admitted hophead. While I could deal with it on Old Crusty, it seems out of whack here. Maybe it will mellow and belnd with age. I have twelve in the Cellar!
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not the best Rogue product I've ever had. Though, I prefer more complex untraditional Bells-like stouts. This beer had an almost sour bite of a finish and it was tough to discern any real character about it.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to admit, that really didn't like this one. It was way t creamy, and didnt have enough of a hops or malt flav to it, but it was good, just too creamy.
Kodos (205) - USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow! This is a DARK beer...Pours BLACK, with a large black head to boot. Nose is filled with a good chocolate aroma. All syrup in the mouth, more chocolate, coffee and mucho hoppiness leading to a bittersweet lasting finish. That little bottle contains more than it appears to. I bet a couple years will tame this beast a little, this bottle was still too young!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty decent beer.I just wish they had put it in a bigger bottle ,it's kind of a drag to pay 3.50 for a 7oz.bottle.Enough complaining.It had a very nice coal black color small head that disappeared fast.aroma was very malty with chocolate and hint of alcohol,the flavor was definately malty,chocolate and some alcohol in the taste but it didn't do much to the over all flavor but gave that nice warm feeling going down.nice finish that wasn't to bitter or sweet well balanced brew.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an ebony hue, with a full brown head. Decent amount of lacing. Aroma was a bit odd/foul. It smelled like something rotting or rancid. The taste made up for it, though. Roasty up front, a sweet fruit flavor in the middle. Alcohol warm going down. With a lingering flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay...one bottle I'm tipsy..ONE BOTTLE MOIND YOU. the aroma was pretty run o' the mill stout. the taste, however was something altogether different. you can taste the assertive malt profile but its behind all the other tastes of hops and molasses and coffee-ish things going on. The finish was like stale coffee. The alcohol is very well hidden as im placing this around 9-10%. My first imperial....very fine example. Rogue is quite tricksy.
dflip (27) - USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubbly head that lingered & medium brown in color; Carmel and berry aroma; Dark as night (even held up to the light); Tastes of sweet carmel and hops; Chocolatey also. That bitter bite lingers after each drink(a good thing). Not my favorite, but definitely worth the purchase.