bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is what you call a full bodied beer you are just about eating it! Wonderful complex flavours too many describe.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
nice and dark with a nice head that disappeared, with a horrible iodine scent and flavor to it, i dont know what was going on with this, it wasnt all bad it did have good smoky chocolate flavor
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black! There is a small head that dwindles away. The smell is sweet, like caramel and toffee. The taste is sweet but the alcohol gives it a nice kick around the mouth. The malt is nice and the finish pleasant.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely dark, onyx colored body. Mighty, toasted-brown head that lingers throughout the whole tasting, though there is barely discernable lacing. Sour smell, accompanied by malt aroma, chocolate and grapes. The taste is of chocolate, coffee, figs & prunes, sour/spoiled milk, and some alcohol. Hopping is very mild, and malts seem lazy. The aftertaste is bitter with some notes of coffee. Overall, this is one of the easier drinking Imperial Stouts with an enormous palate that really gets you thinking. I just wish they could have left out the sourness.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 Still a pretty tasty Impy, dark looks, darker chocolate along with some roast and dark fruit. Still avery nice body. An enjoyable imperial stout, although I think some of the higher marks are due to this being one of the better gateway beers and such a shock to the newbies.
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful malt aroma with hints of roasted grain, dard chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Beer pours dark chocolate with a light brown head which is fully diminishing. There is very little lacing with this brew. Multiple layers of flavor start with moderate sweetness and is followed by a smoky finish which is fairly long lasting. Very good.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, anise, toffee, some dark friut in the nose. Roasty approaching sweet taste. Some bitterness at the finish. Needs more alcohol!
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like syrup with a beautiful cocoa head, black as night. Gads, but this is a great beer to look at. But drink it, too! Smells like the coffee roaster, tastes like someone dropped raspberry preserves in the mix. Hang on, I think it's raspberries, but maybe I should drink more.
brokensaint (3) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding beer! Thickish and dark, sweet and smooth to drink. It poured nicely, forming a dense head that parts at the mouth to let the raisiny sweet brew glide past the tongue.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose is nearly as roasty as the mouth, but the bouquet also displays a nice array of fruity esters. Strong and thick, one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts.