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 (1439) - 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.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whoah. This beer gave me a good ass-kicking. Guess that's why it's sold in 4-packs. Well worth the 6-pack price.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells very nicely of malty goodness, seeping roasted smell followed by some more floral and fruity hints. Color is black, whit barely any head. For some reason it's in a clear bottle, which probably isnt the best way to store it. Either way it has a great flavor overall, but it lacks in the body department. Palate is thin but still pulls of a nice alcohol and hoppy bite.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep burgandy-black color with an off-white medium thich head. Smelled of dark fruit, port wine and liquorice. Incredibly smooth silky mouthfeel. Tasted of chocolate covered cherries, raisons and prunes. A rich decadent brew.
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Black, almost purple. Thin, lacey caramel to white head, Smells great! Mild, dry port wine, similar but a little more pungent , more sweet even than the taddy porter aroma. Bottle.
Ripe plum, sweet with burnt notes throughout. Has a chocolatey finish. The roasted malt is almost ash/tobacco like with a very dry flavor, but very understated. This is in stark contrast with the ripe plum flavor that hits the top of the palette. A bit too much carbonation upon first opening, gives an improper texture and disrupts the body. Not as much body as I was hoping for, though it is still medium-full. Aftertaste lingers, like sucking on a caramel chocolate chew (after trying this some more, I’d say more like peanut brittle! yum). As the beer warmed, carbonations became perfect, and the flavor warmed and became much fuller. I sat there with a thermometer and tried it at many temperatures. It seemed best around 57-59. Again, the initial bittersweet-oil taste is a bit too much and detracts some, but other than that, a hell of a solid beer