beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black color. Medium tan head. Aroma is chocolate. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasted, very choclately with a touch of vanilla and coffee. Hops are slightly spicy. Smooth and fairly creamy texture. Hint of alcohol bite. Touch of dark fruits, plum and cherry. A nice imperial stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
jazz88 (2467) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 Rating #1 Bottle (7 4 7 4 15). Black as night with a dark brown head. Chocolate malt aroma but missing the complexity that I crave in an Imperial. A touch of the tart fruits in the flavor (but missing in the nose) along rich bitter chocolate and a slightly roasted character. Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 6 3 14). Black color with a dark brown head that quickly diminishes. A nice fruity berry aroma compliments the chocolate. Rather thin on the palate with a slightly understated (for the style) chocolate, fruity and roasted malt flavor. I cellered this bottle for a while.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with all the characteristics you would want from an Imperial. Pitch black with absolutely no light coming through. Thick cocoa colored head. Sweet nose hinting at bitter chocolate. Flavor is good with all the typical Imperil traits. Roastedness, dark chocolate, a little espresso. Medium full body. A very decent Imperial although it lacks the oomph or strength of character to set it apart.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another in the long list of imperial stouts that has graced my palate with its warmth. This Imperial is definitely big with a profound alcoholicness about it. It pours a nice black color with a thin ruby ridge in the light with no head to be seen. Very light carbonation levels and little hop presence until the finish. The taste is very alcoholic, with a nice developing chocolatey and roasty richness which evidences in the aftertaste. Some alcohol bitterness, more so than a hop presence i feel. Very weak carbonation, but very rich in chocolate and roasts. A tad too one dimensional with the chocolates, and a strange carbonation level with evident alcohol, but nonetheless another very good imperial stout.
Braudog (5028) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2002
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pitch black with hint of coffee aroma. Over-powering Robituson cough syrup bit overplays the smokiness and evident alcohol. Not my choice.
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2000
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big beer, Big Flavors, super toasted and roasted.