MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One word. DARK. Blackest stout Iíve ever seen. Head very deep brown, good-sized. Nose is of cola and quite roasty. Very big stout, much more vinous than expected. Quite rich. Pucker-dry, definite hops in the end. Wish it was a bit creamier. A bit harsh, could use a bit more sweetness in the malts to balance it out.
PhillyBeer2112 (2522) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Update - Bottle tasting 2002: (numbers going way up) Rich sweetish doughy roasted aroma. Somewhat milky in the nose too. Pours thick motor oil black with the darkest brown head ever. Head size was medium with good retention and light lacing. Rich vinous flavor. Sweet malt coats the mouth, chewy, some roasted notes. Fairly highly tannic, almost harsh, but within the realm of being balanced by the sweeter malts. Tannic finish is puckering. Fairly strong bitterness in the finish as well. Something to savor very slowly. Old rating: This is for a tasting of a 1997 keg in 2001. (oh yea).
Intensely malty - with notes of dark fruit. Very smooth, yet thick and mouthcoating. Understated hops, and nicely bitter. Perhaps a bit of astringent/bitterness from black patent malt?
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If I had tasted it blind folded I would have know it was from the NW. While certainly a fine brew I felt the the overwhelming bitterness detracted. To the eye this one certainly was a 5, but I could not give this ine a higher rating because of the bitterness.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Thick, not very much carbonation, dark brown head. Good Imp stout but a little too bitter, lacking the complexity of Imp stouts like Left Hand or A. Le Coq. What is the ABV of this one?
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 2002 bottle-needless to say, this was my first imperial stout experience and it kicked my ass!!! Poured as dark as 10-30 motor oil-dark brown head that was gone very fast-Huge malt presence that reminds me of Old Crusty just a notch toned down-hop bite was there but masked by a huge coffie malt finish. Excellent brew!!!
1996 7oz XS bottle
Pours pitch black with no carbonation at all. aroma of chocolated covered rasins, coffe, carmel and lots of burnt notes. no sign of alcohol at all. wonderful palate of massive burnt notes and dark chocolate. super silky mouthfeal. this is fantastic! This is amazing for an 8 year old bottle of brew. Just imagine, when this was bottled, i was a junior in high school!!!
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whooa this one was thick. Very intense hop and malt presence. This was very smooth, not to carbonated. Left me with a brown beer mustache the next day.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
whoah this is some good stuff. it is up there for best imperial stouts iíve had. iíd like it in more than one of those mini little bottles though. It leaves that nice dry roasty coffee flavor in your mouth. that has your taste buds just lingering for more. iíd like to know the alcohol content because itís presence is there but not tasted.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, maintains a 1/4" head. Aroma of hops and alcohol. Great chocolate favor mixed with the bitterness of the hops. Slightly bitter ,but pleasant finish. Very good Imperial Stout/
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured into the glass BLACK. No more, no less, no light. The head was a dark tan/medium brown color. The lace was thick in the beginning and lessened to the bottom of the glass. The aroma was intense. Chocolate, currants, roasted malt, hops, spices all seem to be very present. The taste. SMOOTH and like the smell, intense. All the smells are there in the taste and more. Creamy chocolate, cherries, roasted dark malt, alcohol, spices and bitter hops. These flavors dance in and out as the beer warms. Smooth, silky, excellent. I wonder if I can get a keg sent to me.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Rogue quality imperial stout. Flavor is missing something important. Couldnít put my finger on their "two secret ingredients".