Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An exceptionally fine looking ale. Pours black with the faintest hints of drying molten lava just under the head. The head is light tan and dies rather quickly but leaves a nice ring around the Goblet. Some of the lace sticks to the glass while other parts fall back into the head.
The nose is awesome! A definate sweet smokiness shines through. Dark malts topped with melting caramel and chocolate with a tub of I cant Believe itís not butter thrown it. Absolutely fantastic aroma. I canít wait to try this.
Very drinkable. Exceptional flavor. Nice sweet chocolate flavor with burnt caramel corn, toffee, roasted coffee, butter, dried plums and alcohol. Poor mouthfeel which set this beer back quite a bit but very drinkable with an nice lingering aftertaste that stays in your mouth minutes after swallowing.
I enjoyed this Imperial but I surely have had some that I enjoyed more. Not a very robust Imperial Stout and a little too sweet. But it was still pretty damn swell!
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma notes of cherry, oak, grape, chocolate, and orange; flavor includes roasty caramel, raisin, caramel, coffee, plum; dry finish and great balance for an impy stout. Total British character and completely wonderful
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wow. This is the benchmark Imperial Stout the way Guiness is the benchmark stout. Big creamy head, light brown lacing. Thick, rich, chewy beer, flavors are well blended.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This has the same subtle balsamic vinegar smell that I absolutely love in imperial stouts. Other than that a fairly decent imperial stout. I really enjoyed this, yum.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque ebony with medium tan head. Nice lacing. Medium to heavy bodied. Very malty, sweet aroma with chocolate notes. Flavor is very sweet, very malty, and almost a little tangy, or fruity. I think it might need a little more hop to it. Overall, though, a very satisfying beer.
kozzak1 (70) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate taste but with a great full palate. Very nice with anything edible! Deep, dark color a pleasing aroma.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So black I forgot the bottle was clear. Very thick tight head almost seems to have glitter in it. Strong molasses and licorice aroma with a trace of ginger. Feels like a pillow across your tongue. Roasted and smoked licorice flavour. Reminds me why this is my current favorite style. Just a little short on the finish.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells delightfully chocolately and coffee-like. Gigantic tan head on this puppy thatís hanging around like a wino outside the Salvation Army. My fiance looked at this when i poured it and said "I thought the bottle was brown." Verrry thick and juicy, like a steak turned into a beer. Roasted to a crisp, toffe and a bit of fruit and nuts hits me and then dissipate slowly. Smells beter than it tastes, truth be told. I like the thickness but the taste is somewhat lacking. Still darn good.
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 This one has a complex nose,and taste.
Not a thirst quencher,but itís not suppsed to be.This is more of a winter warmer.Easily one of the tastier stouts Ive tried.Nice chocholate,and coffee flavor's.Smooth,but also very full bodied.At 7%ABV it is a fairly potent beer,and they sneak up on you.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Mmmm. No surprise that Sam Smithís Imperial is quality ... everything Iíve ever had from the brewer is top-notch. Poured an opaque black with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to the light; creamy tan head that lasts; aroma of dark chocolate and roasted barley ... sweet, but not overly so. Flavor is robust and complex: dark chocolate, roasted-bordering-on-burned malt, flavorful hops on the back end ... lingering aftertaste. Smooth on the palate. Damn. This is a good beer.