Aurelius (4594) - 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 (947) - 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.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 1996: Pours with the darkest brown foam with serious similarities to A le Coq. At 70 degrees the aroma is at its best and portrays coconut, dark fuits (prunes and black cherries), heavy alcohol, licorice, and roasted malt. Bakerís chocolate dipped hops alongside coffee, yogurt, and charcoal. Notably acidic twang at colder temperature. 1997: Oh heavens to Betsy and son of a buck! Oily appearance, very dark brown, whisky aroma, and round oatmeal smoothness due to the addition of flaked oats. Good hop snap and a very long, bitter finish. Alcohol and slight chocolate in aroma. This beer has improved dramatically. Top shelf here.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 2001 12oz:Darkest of Imp.head. Huge coffee bean,dark fruit,caramel,and roasty,aromas.One of the more vinous ex.(aroma).Thick,and oily palate will destroy the palate.Big time matching flavors.Charcoal,chocolately,flavors with bittersweet finish. The alcohol finish and vapors begin to warm the stomach and nose as it is a little green.I really look forward to puchasing more of this to let it sit and age to perfection.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled in 2001. Whoa, what pour. Thick black opaque liquid gurgled out of the bottle creating an immense shiny bubbled brown head. Aroma of dates, dark brown sugar, coffee and cocoa. Wait a minute thereís tar in the bottom of the bottle. Iím trying to pour it out, but it sticks to the bottle and creates a lutulent lasting layer of sludge to the top of the head. Flavors of roasted almonds, slight dark fruits, and dark bitter chocolate. Not terribly complex but if you like malt flavors like I do this is a good one. Thins out a bit as it warms. Alcohol also starts to burn a bit on the tongue. Finishes with a black malt bitterness that lingers and makes me want to chew on some 580l roasted barley. Great beer to end the day. Good Night.