Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black beer with brown head. Complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, dried fruit and roasted barley. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Complex flavor with well-balanced bitterness. This is a slow-sippin beer. I felt like I had eaten a big meal after just one bottle.
notalush (5172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really don’t understand why so many people think this beer is so great. I think their oatmeal stout is much better. [re-rate] OK, now I’m starting to get it. There are a lot of subtle things going on in this beer...molassas, prunes, brown sugar. Nice chocolate/coffee finish.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
The flavor was something like coffee and maple syrup. It smelled much better than it tasted. The alcohol was too evident and it burned. At least the appearance was great - rich black body and tan head.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an amzing beer. Pitch black in color, dark tan head, roasted malt/bittersweet chocolate/coffee taste. Definitly one of the best stouts in the world.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has become the standard by which I measure all other Imperial’s. Dark and malty, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Very, very smooth, front to back. Only a couple I have tried have ever measured up to this classic(Tugboat Chernobyl Imperial, Stone Imperial).
rich42 (128) - USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
nose and flavors of blackberry and anise. little bit of chocolate - but not as bitter as in other imperials. alchohol is well hidden. body is fairly thick - little bit of malt - but not too much. am I crazy - or is there a bit of bubblegum in here someplace? quite good if not as "medicinal" as some russian imperials (stone’s comes to mind)
SilkTork (5346) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2003 Prunes, chocolate and all things dark and wonderful. A liquid Christmas cake - sweet, dark, fruity, spicy, creamy, smooth. Toasted marzipan. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Rum and port. O my God, this is heavenly! An excellent after dinner drink. [4.0] Re-rate: Had this again as a comparison with Old Rasputin. The sweetness and complexity seemed to have gone, and (despite storage in the dark, and still being within date) a metallic quality had now entered the flavours. Hum! Moved down a few points.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great Imperial Stout. Mildly alcoholic, burnt, thick rich flavor. Jet black with a tan head. Wonderful!
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown appearance, little head. The nose is alcoholic, heavy roast, slight sweetish organic notes. The body starts slightly sweet and moves quickly into a good roastiness. Hints of tin, salt and alcohol. Finishes Slightly roasty and dry.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate: Mostly chocolate in the nose, perhaps a bit of coffee, black body, good head. Chocolate and fruit in the flavor with a hint of anise. Just plain tasty.