OldGrowth (3272) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Big nose, Raisin,chocolate, and sherry. Great brownish black color. Dominating chinook bitterness with roasty baking chocolate. Creamy thick with long finish. Another over the top Rogue offering.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
it's dark: power outage in a coal mine dark. if you were swimming deep within this pour of liquid obsidian, you'd bonk your head against the glass before the ambient outside light could penetrate to warn you. a deep brown head like wet burlap, countless dots of lace-- like the gettysburg address in braille. aroma is perfumy, melon, tangerine peel, mesquite wood chips, baked yam, medium roast coffee, plenty of alcohol. carbonation tenders the weighty beverage to the tongue with the delicacy of a trauma nurse, laying about four pounds per swallow of cinder-baked molasses malts, bittersweet hearts of cocoa root extract and kahlua right in the epi-center of the taste buds. from there it reverberates outward with blended ripples of moderate sweetness, strong bitterness, and a body as full-figured as pregnant rhino. considerable deliciousness right in there too. and alcohol you ask? well, i had wanted to go fire up some reeeeally heavy machinery after this, but i guess that's out of the question. i couldn't be trusted to operate a microwave after a few of these. hic.
HighlanderOne (1238) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, 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 (5732) - 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.