uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good beer. Wonderful rich brown head, thick and meaty aroma with hints of coffee. Tasted a little strong, but still very drinkable. My only complaint is that it seemed a little thin, but that may have been because it was in the bottle and not on tap.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good stout, similar to their Oatmeal Stout but stronger. Nice aroma and a smooth, sweet flavor. Not the most complex Imperial, however. This one comes up short, IMO, of great Imperials like Bells Expedition or Victory Storm King.
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Aroma of soy sauce and port. Black with a brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Taste of coffee, bitter chocolate, port, soy sauce, and spice. Finish is short with bitter coffee. High ABV is not noticeable in the taste. A great beer, but I would prefer a brown bottle.
After my sample of an aged bottle of one year, I had to lower my rating.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Re-rate: No description, just a remark. I had this a few times now and it still rocks. But not as it used to. Did the recipe change? Dit my palate change? Am I getting spoiled? Don’t know but I felt light downgrading the ratings a little. Bottled, 4.5: Nice chocolat aroma. Black color, brown almost creamy head, good lace. Smooth, strong chocolat, hint of coffee, well hopped, well balanced. Long lasting coffee finish with a little alcohol burn. Man! I might have to change my favorite style from Unblended Lambic to Imperial Stout. I love it!
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If I must pick 5 Stouts in the World this is one of them. Heavy on the O.G. makes it quite "stocky" full of burnt sugar and a dry finish makes this beer a complete meal.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tastes exactly like an Irish Car Bomb
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown head, opaque black in color. Sweet, starchy aroma. Tastes a little like a smoked ham (in a good way), obviously very thoroughly roasted, judging from the color and the burnt taste. Medium heavy body, goes down very smoothly. Aftertaste of the roasted barley, missing in any kind of lightness or fruit sweetness. Regardless, a very good beer.
Correction: The aftertaste does lighten and sweeten a bit, about 20 minutes after the beer is gone. Quite nice.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Pours black with a small tan head that quickly diminishes. There is a nice oily sheen to this. A wine like aroma. Very smooth. A good combination of roasted malts and sweetness that is not overpowering. A good introduction to someone who has never tried this style.
jgb9348 (5555) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a very quick dissolving head. Initial smell of roasted barley, but also some detectable malt. A very thick body leads to a complex initial flavour, which subsides to a subtle yeasty flavour. I like this as much as the Oatmeal Stout, but I wouldn't say I like this more! If you've tried one but not the other, then try them both!!!
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2004 Wow, this beer looks great in the glass! It pours with a nice thick tan head that doesn't disappear right away. It smells like Molasses when swirled. It starts off sweet and thick in the mouth, and ends w/ a bitterish yeast flavor. Caramel-roasted sweet cherries, if such a thing existed, are in there too. There's a little alcohol at the end too, but it's masked very well. Recommended! Its palate is a bit thick for me, but it has great flavors and looks.