herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprised at the rating. Very thin example of the style. Dark black pour with a thick tan head.Roasted malt goodness with a thin body that delivers nothing of substance. pass on this if there is anything that intrigues you more.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2006 2003 Vintage (8,5,7,4,16) rated on 8/22/06: Pours a viscous oily black with a thin-lacing tan head. Aroma of slightly aged caramel malt and complex dark fruits. Body starts fairly full and viscous with good malty sweetness, and raisiny dark fruits with a hint of tartness and alcohol toward the finish. Seems to have aged pretty well, but I thought it might hide its alcohol better.
2002 Vintage (8,5,8,4,17) rated on 12/2/02: It pours a midnight black with a generous frothy dark head. Big roasted coffee aroma with a touch of juniper and molasses. Thick oily texture and a subtle malty finish. Itís moderately bitter, but not overpowering plus it hides its alcohol quite well. This could be a bit smoother, but overall itís a big beer.
1996 Vintage 7 oz bottle (8,5,8,4,17) rated on 7/2/03: I gave this vintage the same numbers by pure coincidence. The six years more of aging has changed this beer greatly. Oily black appearance with no carbonation or head. Thin film of transparent brown can be seen by tilting the glass. Aroma is more plum fruit and reminds me of a Fullers Vintage. Body is smooth, but still surprisingly thick, given its age and plenty complex. Alcohol is a little more apparant, but this is a treat to taste.
brewmeistersgb (10) - USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
beautiful color and good heavy unfiltered taste. Personally, a bit strong on the chocolate, but overall a wonderful beer. Definitely an acquired taste
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful coffee and chocolate notes in the head. A deep brown head over a perfectly opaque black body. The flavor is a delightful combination of dark chocolate and perfectly balanced coffee. The finish is slightly and pleasantly sweet. The palate was pleasingly smooth, but not the best. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. After recently having the bottled version of this beer, Iíd like to note that the flavor is not as sweet as the nose would indicate, and I have adjusted the score accordingly.
omhper (20669) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 Bottled (2001 edition). Once the ketchup effect let me shake the beer out of the bottle it comes out black hole black with near black head. Licorice and coffee aroma. It has chocolate mousse mouthfeel andtastes like molasses. Still itís dry and very salty, has some grapepfruit hoppiness to it, and manages to stay at least decently balanced, despite a bitterness that must be way over 50 IBUs. This beer is HUGE!, and also really good.
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<P>Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): Super black opaque, darkest so far. The aroma is mild, burnt. Flavor is dry, thin burnt bitterness, not a lot of other malty flavors. Good but a little one dimensional.
<P>Original tasting on draft: First thing you notice is a big custard-like dark tan head over a perfectly black body. Thereís not quite as much coffee or burnt bitterness in this imperial as some others, but itís still a darn good beer.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another multistage rocket of a Rogue. The engines fire with an explosive aroma redolent of roasted figs steeped in brandy and gasoline. Things get hotter on first sip as you find out those werenít really figs after all - no , maybe prunes in butter and bitter chocolate? Anyway, liftoff occurs as the beer slides in oily thick strands across the palate and into a rich, beautifully bitter hop ebullience that pinacles in some peppery, tobacco spice stardust at close. A wild ride - maybe too much for me, but fun while it lasts, to be sure.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
porter and stout tasting í02: WOW! this beer is a total attack of flavour. pours black and as thick as motor oil. huge aroma of mocha and hops. same for the flavour with some hints of raisin and alcohol. really good. Iíd write more, but Iím still picking up my teeth.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured thick and viscously black, HUGE cocoa powder head. Strong coffee and chocolate malts, but only a little sweetness is let in, cut off by the burning hops and alcohol presence. I may be a bit biased now, after trying DFH-WWS last weekend, but this seems too unbalanced. itís good, yes, but off kilter.
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.