1more4dessert (315) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
burnt umber color, warm raisen bran muffin aroma,silky mouth feel, decent complexity, a little low on octane for an imperial but good just the same.
mribm (445) - Hurley, New York, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Poured a black color with a nice sized tan head. Nice coffee nose and taste with a nice hoppiness in the finish, which was kinda chewy. The more I drank, the more I liked it. would definitely try this again.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 Pitch black with a chocolaty colored foam head. Nose is rich coffee and dark chocolate. Enticing! WOW! Thick chewy chocolate and coffee body. VERY tasty! I can’t think of a better way to end a messed up day. A bit of an oily mouthfeel and some coffee bitterness during the finish, but this is GOOD!
2006 Vintage Opaque blackness with a small tan head. Nose is hoppy and slightly citric with lots of coffee, roasted malt, and dark, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is dark fruits, piney hops, melon, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies. Body is creamy and smooth with mild carbonation notes and medium-full overall feel. Finishes with more hop notes, light pine, melon, plums, coffee, dark chocolate and chocolate cake.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured black with no light penetration and formed a dark brown foamy head that left circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate is present with a hint of raisins. The flavor malt, coffee and burnt chocolate. The finish is fairly light for this style with a touch of bitterness. Reminds me more of a chocolate porter than an imperial. So as imperials go, it is not the best representation, but overall, it is a good beer.
crazyvin (1796) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
damn good! bittersweet aroma with coffee and caramel tones. Dark brown/black color with a thin brown head. rich in flavour with coffee, licorice, choloate and alcohol. my first new imperial stout in over a year what a winner.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black with a sumptuous brown head. Big, roasted aroma with tons malt, coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel, piney hops, a touch of alcohol (licorice) and a touch of molasses. The body is pretty creamy and quite full in the mouth. The flavor resembles the aroma, which is not a bad thing as the aroma pretty nice. However, the problem here is that they aroma is just lacking. A proper Imperial Stout should have a nice fruity vinousness to it and that is totally lacking here. This really reminds me of Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout--both are big, tasty stouts, but neither are really Imperial Stouts in my book. Either way, this is a tasty beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque inky black with small tight kahki head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted barley, hints of plum and coffee. Roasty bitter flavor, some coffee notes, a slight medicinal flavor. Plenty of hops in the bitter finish. Nice, but not up to par for the style.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Insanely dark black with a pocked, thick, oatmeal head. Smells roasted malts, yeast and chocolate and coffee - suprisingly faint for an IS. Swee tchocolate, roasted malt, lactose/cherry sour, ending extremely bitter espresso hop flavor. Could be more thick and full, perhaps with more alcohol and a more balanced palate. The bitter taste gets very exhausting, especially as this is a big beer (22 oz) and warms quickly. Purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a good one. A dark tan, tight head tops the black, opaque brew. A rich deep taste, not too bitter, not too sweet. Just right. As the aftertaste fades I am driven, addict like, to a second mouthful. It wasn't till the second pouring,it's in a 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle, that I noticed and admired the lace pattern left by the head. A strong, malty brew with lots of chocolate. I'll go back for more of this. A true meal in a glass.
jgb9348 (4274) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black colour with a nice generous brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, yeast and a bit of coffee-standard for an imperial stout. Strong bitterness up front with a large roasted malt profile with a bit of a coffee and chocolate sweetness. A bit of lactic sour feeling near the end. Aftertaste is fairly bittering for a long period with some chocolate flavours. Overall, not a full-bodied Imperial Stout that I was expecting and not too terribly different than what I'd expect. A decent beer, but not amazing. Definately good to try though! I split this 65 cL bottle with Jon (JonR888710), purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.