VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very roasty and chocolatey - mochaccino? Quite a bit different than your average Imperial Stout due to the lack of dark fruit flavors. This is focused on roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of cream. Very satisfying even though it is unusual for the style. Pours black as can be with a puny brown head. Aromas of bitter/dark chocolate and coffee with earthy hop undertones. Flavors are as mentioned above with the finish being bitter and hoppy. Body is thick and lightly creamy. Very nice.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick brown head, this was served on nitro. Black as midnight. Alcohol evident. Better as it warms a bit. This stuff packs quite a punch. Good stuff.
PorterPounder (5109) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 Rerate Just did not do it for me this time. Too thick and cloying - even for an Imp stout. Chocolate not as pronounced, leaves a harsh toothpaste-like taste on the tongue. To think this was my top rated beer! Still not bad - just not worth the lofty rating I gave it. Original 4.7 Best Rogue to date - and probably the best Stout I have tasted yet. Sweet, chocolatey aroma, thick, black as night appearance with a creamy, lacey head. Flavor stays strong throughout - hint of licorice overiding the chocolate - but it is not sickenly sweet. The Cascade hops are present but do not overpower in this gem. Worth the $4.00 price tag for the 12 oz bottle. This would make an excellent after dinner drink.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 I can't believe that a beer so many have tasted has eluded me for so long! Finally, in Buffalo, NY, I found it! Teeny bottle, but what a massive beer. Good things come in small packages, they say. Not a beer I could drink regularly, because of the tons of bittering hops and syrupy thickness that imparts an oiliness on the tongue. A remarkable brew in the realm of Exhibition Stout and WorldWide Stout.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fairly sweet imperial with not a whole lot of roasted flavor. Flavors of chocolate, raisin, rum, and maybe even maple syrup. Fairly thick. Overall pretty solid, especially after 5 years of aging.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Extremely thick pour. Onyx in color with a billowing caramel colored head that lasted through the entire beer. Aromas of sweet dark chocolate and nugat. First sip unveils roasted coffee flavors and a slow but steadily climbing hop bitterness. Also seemed to be the flavor of spanish olives in the finish? Worked for me. A great reward for one’s self after a long and tiring day.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 Beautiful pour: deep molasses color and equally brown head. The smell is primarily coffee with a sweet sort of maple smell to it. Very bitter, but masks the alchohol quite nicely. As the commercial description (and users) suggest, I think this could do with some serious storage, perhaps the malt and grains would dominate the flavor a bit more. Near the end of the glass the yeast is more apparent and the mouthfeel improves a great deal. The flavor is rather modest when compared with some really complex imperial stouts, but this is very good regardless.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with the darkest head that I have ever seen ... reminds me of an afro from a circa 70’s Pam Grear film. Hints of alcohol, plums, and resinous grain scent in the nose. Upon first sip what struck me the most was the extreme bitterness of this brew. Some derived from roasted barley, but most stem from an abundance of bittering hops -- this is truly one of the most bitter beers I have ever tried with oddly little hop aroma or flavor. Super complex malt flavors which are boosted by the alcohol warmth. At the bottom of the brew I found a positive treasure trove of yeast harboring in the cozy depths of my tulip glass. This was not my favorite Imperial stout, but I would love to try it again. I think that a year of cellaring would do wonders for this brew.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1997 Vintage bottle--It Must get better with age!!!! You can really taste the roasted malt. It almost tastes burnt. Very thick and dark in appearance and the aroma will light up any room. It only comes in a 7oz bottle in the year so if u can get get it enjoy it slowly and savor the taste. u will be hard pressed to find this fine stout twice.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Thick black like motor oil...very roasted/burnt malt taste. I enjoyed the 1997 vintage with Kevbo last night. This beer is definitely worth seeking out if you can find it.
Re-rate of 1996 bottle is evident in overall score of the beer.