VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and thick auburn brown liquid that clung to the sides of the glass underneath a deep brown, frothy and short-lived head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Bitter coffee and chocolate flavors are predominate with some prune, raisin and date flavors showing as the beer warms. No apparent alcohol flavors or aromas. Cettainly the malty flavors dominate over the lightly perceived hops. Finishes sweet with a long aftertaste. Maybe I enjoyed this more than I should've considering I haven't had a really nice, big beer in a couple of weeks. Enjoyable.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black of course, seemed thicker to me than many comments indicated. Little ring of foam left after the small dark brown head dies. Roasted grain the most prominent aroma at first, some chocolate appears eventually, along with gin/juniper berries; nice but not as strong as I might hope from an Imperial. Very robust, almost raw flavor, definitely low on the sweetness though there is a fine undercurrent of milk chocolate lurking. Very hoppy, bitter conclusion, with hints of aluminum. Body OK, thin for an Imperial perhaps but not bad. On the whole, just OK, especially with all the great Imperials out there.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice chocoltae flavor but lacks the intensity of a good Imperial stout.Not as roasty as i like but still commands a worthy presence!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Good heavens, this is big. Tremendous roasted grain flavors suffused with wonderful hop flavor and aromatics. Beautiful head and lacing--watching the beer clarify after the barman's pour was quite fun. I would liken this to a roastier, burlier Storm King--all the latter's hops plus more roasted grain. Excellent imperial stout.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is my least favorite of the Big Beer so far. Iíve been happy with them so far, so itís not very bad at all. Iíd prefer the hops to come through a little more, but overall this is an outstanding beer worthy of many drunken russian revelries.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Midnight black hue. Nose of chocolate, espresso. Very small tangible head. Great mouthfeel, bitterness, raisons, dark fruit, pleasant bitter finish. Enjoyable, and by far the best brew from Smutty!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No date:Flat,dark brown-black liquid.Minimal head.Complex Rasputin(buttery,rummy)like aroma.Also roasty,nutty,caramel,white chocolate aromas.Airy body gives flavors no chance at greatness.Flavor is decent.Certain aromas also in flavor(dry roast beans,chocolate,caramel)are clouded by the thin body.Bittersweet finish lingers and is very welcome.Either bad batch or oxidized.
TAR (2378) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 Pours rather thinly with only subtle sign of carbonation. The aroma is the highlight here. Very soft aroma of Concord grape, rum, dried plum, wax, subtle alcohol, roasted peanut, and caramel. Already I notice oxidized and acidic flavors that take away from the quality. Notes of cardboard, cocoa, charcoal, and subtle burnt charasteristic. The unsubstantial palate disallows any flavors to adhere to the taste buds. Hence the watery finish. This definitely has potential.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A low end IS, but enjoyable none the less.Fruity,chocolate/raosted/burnt notes, needs to be higher gravity.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Re-rate 6/7/02: Much more like an Imperial Stout now that is has had 8 months to relax in Chateau Volgon. Deep dark fruit/wine character developing. Still, an Imperial Stout with 7.1% isn't going to be able to compete with the big boys. 11/27/01: It is a rather mellow Imperial Stout. This creamy black liquid goes down smooth and warms you up. After factoring in the alcohol content, price and approaching winter, I realized that I must buy every bottle in New Hampshire. Sorry everyone!