Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really really good. I like the hops infusion, and it is quite similar in body, sweetness, and overall qualities to the Bell’s Expedition, IMO. I have to say I like the bit more hoppiness and the bit less sweetness and the slightly lighter palate of the Storm King. Thanks to Jayme for this one. It helps the grading go better...
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
yes it is dark with a brown head and it has chocolatey and coffe aromas going on. but no it does not have the body that this style deserves. the flavor is ok, plenty of rich malty flavors but not enough body.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Agree with the previous rating, as an imperial nut, i dont know what was going on here but this was very bland for an imperial stout. It poured a good jet black with a nice orangey/brown thin head with smells of the usual roasty chocolateness. The taste though is far from bold...it tastes almost like chocolate slivers and malt thrown in with a bunch of water. Yet somehow the aftertaste came across and surprisingly strong and super chocolatey. I was mildly disappointed by the Rogue Imperial.
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. It’s moderately bitter, but not overpowering plus it hides its alcohol quite well. This could be a bit smoother, but overall it’s 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, I’d like to note that the flavor is not as sweet as the nose would indicate, and I have adjusted the score accordingly.
omhper (21406) - Tyresö, 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 it’s 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 (3268) - 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. There’s not quite as much coffee or burnt bitterness in this imperial as some others, but it’s 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 weren’t 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.