mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours like motor oil, but tastes like a chocolate soda with an alcohol kick. This is an exquisite drink...albeit expensive in my (@ $20 per 6-pack). A great beverage I will try again on a special occasion.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Radiant bitter chocolate embers lusciously smouldering every bit of the palate...Cascading hop flames hypnotize the tastebuds...Peppery yeast ashes adorn the inside of your cheeks, creating powdered milk dryness on the back of the palate...A hot, mystifying tribal tar ritual...
A 2003 batch was so intense it almost undrinkable...Tons of hop bitterness, malt roastiness, at volume 10...And this was a 2-year-old bottle...
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rogue sure knows how to make a dark brew. Their stouts are the darkest, thickest brews ive yet to try. This brew is decent. I have yet to have a bad Imp. stout, so this will be in fridge as often as my my other favorite Imp. stouts.
Aurelius (4680) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Viscous tar-brew with beady, roe-like caramel colored foam. Impressive appearance. Oddly cooling, donít know if itís the alcohol or not... Lots of patent malt character, oat twang, bitter chocolate. Velvety palate. Iím going to have to snag a couple of these and let them age for winter.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2000. Pours like motor oil from my í86 Laser (non-turbo) when I forget to change the oil for 10000 miles and its below the low mark, and just as headless. Aroma gives away a high ABV. Lots of burnt brown sugar, molasses, coffee. Fantastically thick palate. Maily coffee in flavour (my least favourite beverage) but surprisingly sweet. Stands up to the hops very well. I just wish the alcohol was not so promanent.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled in 2001) Black as black can be with a medium-sized brown head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, fruit, and hops. Flavor includesd all of these, but I found the bitterness of this stout to be a bit overwhelming. The bottle says 87.5 IBU, and you can taste them all. Love the complex aroma and flavor, but too bitter for my tastes.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black color, no head, aroma is of heavily roasted malt. Palte is thick, flavor is strong and dark, has some whiskey or scotch notes. Finishes with a lingering nut flavor, and pleasant bitterness.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty. Strong espresso and chocolate flavors. Nice hoppy finish.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 Bottled in 2000: Tiny dark tan head, receding almost immediately, black as tar, hops and roasted malts in the nose. Very thick mouthfeel, with a strong burnt flavor, with coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits some finishing bitterness. At $2.79 for 7 oz, it isnít cheap, but this is damn good.
ravidesai (950) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
great imperial stout. black with a beige head , that left a sheet of lacing on my goblet.
strong coffee, hop and chocolate aroma.
thicj smooth palate which is little buttery.
taste dominated by coffee and burnt fruit flavors. hasa nice quickng effect.
drinking this beer is an exoewrience similar to enjoying a good sherry.