Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Robust and Dark, full of chocolate flavor, Makes me think of colder weather.Loads of flavor, a superb quality Stout. <<--Just waiting for the snowfall, 95 degrees here today, but I am thinking of colder times to come, Very Highly Recommended
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2004 Full of taste and life. So many good things going on with this beer. Perfect amount of sweetness. Pretty brown head. Flavorfull to the last drop. I can only ask to get it in a bigger bottle!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Completely black...no light shows through. Made a small dark tan head that lasted all the way down the glass. The aroma was full of roasted coffee beans, black licorice, and some bitterness. The taste delivered everything I expected. I drank the last half of this while eating yellow cake with chocolate frosting and some ice cream. The stout provided a perfect match for the food... it was great! My only criticism is that my bottle seemed to have too much carbonation in it. I guess I like my stouts to be flatter. Impressive beer from my favorite brewery.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! This is great stuff. I must go get some more because I forgot to rate it when I was drinking it.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not my favorite of the imperial stouts but then again there’s some real tough competition in that group. A bit thin I think. Not bad though.
joet (2408) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 An odd salty, plum, rotten fruit aroma. Doesn’t start to wake up until 58 degrees F or so. Milky, bitter chocolate, excellent creamy feel. I’m not getting big hops here. In fact the bitterness is not big at all. 35 IBUs? A nice zippy finish with a bit of toast.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
like drinking the hops themselves, a little to heavy and strong for my taste
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, very roasted. Wonderfully opaque. pretty yet subdued head.
Ernest (6748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts), with notes of prune, toffee, vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy
texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Very easy-going and mild for an Imperial stout (one of the lowest ABV "Imperials", surely), but still pleasant.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sam Smith has one of the strongest entire lines of British beer, and their Imperial Stout is no different. Rich and buttery with slightly more carbonation than expected for an imperial. Strong roasted flavor and malt complexity. Conjures images of Russian troika’s exiting the palace on a mid-winter day.