Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is black as black can be, and the head is proud, large and a creamy tan color. Aroma is warm and wonderfully delicious, soft, creamy, notes of chocolate, slightly roasty, and edging into darker flavors, but not quite there. Palate is deliriously sweet and inviting. Mouthfeel: sursprisingly smooth and untroubled, gentle, harmonious, thick with malt, mellow with hops.
Very smooth drinking for an Imperial. I haven’t had one of these in a long time, and have spoiled myself with the bolder, brasher, and far more adventurously flavored (roasted, malted, hopped, everywhichway) American versions, the Old Rasputins, Stormkings, Expeditions, Rogues, and Stones...
But, I can’t help liking it. Great stout, delicicious,delightful, but a bit weak, at a "mere" 7%, compared to similar brews from "the colonies". Quite tasty, but I’d love it if they’d ever stretch out some.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with red borders if held up to light. Large brown head is resiliant. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, fruit. Mouthfeel is medium. Roasted flavors predominate with hints of chocolate. Some tartness towards the finish.
vanvenlo (1682) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8 May 2004 - Stone fruit and choc malt aroma. Clear dark brown-black colour, with a brown head. Lovely balanced sweet mocha flavour. Spiritous/fortified flavour/body mouthfeel. Slight sour aftertaste.
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown color with a small brown head. Roasted aroma with hints of banana. Flavor is roasted, licorice, with bitter chokolate on top.
A very good Imperial. I would even think i would prefer it to Limfjords porter...
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark body with a lasting tan head. Aroma is malty, sweet and slightly fruity. Flavor is a well balaced dark chocolate and spicy hoppiness. Even at only 7% the alcohol flavor/effect is quite up front.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thick and creamy dark tan head, frothy at center and thick lacing. black body, no light shines through. burnt malt aroma, also some pine and grassy notes. cocoa powder nose too. very mild & complex flavor to start, medium body and low carbonation. smooth roasted malt flavor, mild bitterness. raisin notes after warming. light bitter and coffee finish.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my second imperial stout, and it gives me much greater hope for coming to love this style. It poured a nice pitch black with only the slightest tinges of red around the edges, capped off by a moderate brown head. Aroma was both roasted and fruity, recalling black cherry and plum. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a comfortable alcohol finish are most apparent, along with a nice complete roastedness. Most notable, however, was the sublime smoothness of this stout; despite the intensity of its flavors, it was lusciously thick and creamy and smooth in the mouth. A most excellent stout.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub. There is no downside to this stout. It is the classic English style Imperial stout in look, smell, taste and mouthfeel. Soooooo drinkable.
Shag (2789) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 Black apperance with a moderate sized head. The aroma is very chocolatey with some milk and licorice thrown in there. The flavor is somewhat sour with dark chocolate and licorice coming through. This is a nice stout although I still enjoy the Oatmeal Stout better. Good one.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with nice beige head. Stong roasted flavors with dark fruit, however I’m suprised at how overwhelming the alchol is for a beer that’s just 7% ABV...warming, but imposes a tad too much on the flavor..