csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 550ml bottle. Poured ink black with a khaki head that dissapated after a minute or so. Samped at 53 degrees. Roasty/sweet nose with raisin. The aroma is nice and strong. The taste is almost identical to the SS oatmeal stout, maybe not as sweet. Roasted malt flavor with some coffee. The finish is roasty and yeasty and sticks around. The mouthfeel seems watery compared to other Imperial stouts. All in all, it is a good stout, but it seems to lack some of the depth of other imperials, in fact it tastes just like a (very good) stout.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep black color that is mostly opaque with a thick but quickly dissipating head...Lots of roastiness in the nose...Flavor was of roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffe...Body I thought was way thin for the style...Decent but certainly not exceptional.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a frothy tan head. Aromas of plums and raisins. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and raisin flavors. Soft bitter finish. Fantastic!
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from the LCBO. Tasted in Maudite snifter. Pours a thick syrupy deep black colour with an initially big head which quickly dissapates in the glass to a thin ever present head. Fairly sweet aroma with a rich and creamy coffee scent. Some roasted bitterness also present in the aroma. Taste is sweet and creamy. Deep bitter roasted flavour also apparent.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is definitely one of the best stouts on the market. An extremly hoppy, chocolate aroma. The body of this beer is excellent - the thin creaminess of a classic stout, with plenty of carbonation kicking in after itís all settled in. The flavor has just enough sweetness - at 7% many other stouts overdo it on the sweet element. At $3 per bottle, this is definitely a best buy!
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one had been built up a bit and I really expected it to fall shot of the build up but it was everything I had heard and then some. Nice cocolate flavor. Dark and creamy. Goes down very smooth. Loved it.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick black body with creamy light brown head. Aroma has lots of roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is dominated by the roasted malts and the chocolate. Finish is bitter. Palate is soft and creamy.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good imperial...black pour with brown head; aroma is abundant of roasted notes, filled with sweet chocolate and coffee flavors...it was very similar to what id expect from an imperial porter; great creamy palate; somewhat weak for an imperial, but tasty nonetheless
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/2 liter clear bottle: poured in beautiful black color with garnet hues when held to a light......marvelous 2 finger mocha frothy meringue head. aromas of coffee-cocoa-dates-sweet anise...the anticipation is running wild at this point. Taste...where to start?...very complex start without a sharp edge .....near complex layered stout perfection...molassass-licorice-espresso-cocoa-bur treacle all these flavors in a milk body that slowly give way to a slight hop drying in the long finish. One of the best Imp-stouts Iíve tasted ...needs little finishing in a cellar. itís very mellow and complex and flavourful when fresh. Highly recommended....I will be cellaring a case this winter for sure.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Black with a proud beige head. Rich chocolate milk aroma, with slight licorice aspect. Nice flavor with some notes of coffee, accompanied by just enough bitterness.