DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with lots of carbonation. Dusty, weak coffee aroma. The flavor has chocolate and sweet caramel with a suprisngly smokey finish. My two detractions about this beer are the too-light mouthfeel and the overabundance of carbonation. Both lead to a light, fizzy feeling on the tongue that doesn't befit a rich, sweet stout like this.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Black. Small brown head. Tarry, burnt, smokey aroma with some bitter chocolate and coffee. Similar flavors. Quite smokey.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rhoades Scholar poured with a strong baker's chocolate aroma, with burnt roasted malt and perhaps a touch of licorice as well. Body is dark brown/red with a thin light tan head. Flavor is ever so complex, even though the body is rather thin: roasted malt, chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and caramel finishing with very distinct coffee bean notes. Dark fruit swirls in the background. Aftertaste is almost too fudgy! Reminds me of Mackeson XXX Stout. Liquid chocolate. Thanks Mike (BBB63) for this excellent stout!
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 Dark prune with ruby sparkles at the bottom of the glass. Thick, rocky light caramel head. Lovely rich chocolatey aroma with oodles of burnt mocha notes, caramel, vanilla, and fudge. Muted candy, Crystal sweetness. Restrained phenolic, vinous, and metallic elements. Soft body. Very fluffy and creamy carbonation. Plethora of malt layers with heavy roast and buttery espresso beans. Perfectly charred notes appear alongside a dash of coconut oil and concord grape. Finishes harmoniously with an intensifying espresso and dried plum mixture. Lingering vinous, vanilla, butter toffee, and fudgy malt notes. Many Imperial Stouts strive to be this flavorful and elegant. Phenomenal dry stout.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque brown color with a beige head. Very rich sweet chocolate covered cherry aroma with a hint of coffee and alcohol. Very nice full flavor, with chocolate, cherry and coffee, and a lightly smokey aftertaste. Kind of a light tingly feel, which I did not expect. Very enjoyable.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, opaque color with a small tan head. The aroma was luscious...cherries, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. The flavor was full and well-rounded...very sweet cherry, chocolate, roasted coffee, slight smokiness, and alcohol in the finish. The feel was not as thick as I wished...crisp on the tongue...wet finish. Very nice stout...impressive.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of milk and hazelnut. Medium body, roasted coffee and malts up front, but takes a weird left turn in the middle of the tongue... soemthing like a cut lawn... or a bad cucumber... an odd vegetables/grass flavor which kills any points it was going to earn. The finish has a warming scotch quality along with a creamy texture.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown. Decent head. Very nice aroma with nuts,burnt caramel,dark malts,and coffee. Medium body. Creamy,oily mouthfeel,and a pretty chewy,fudgy texture. Full flavored,starts with coffee,and burnt malts followed with some roast,caramel,wood flavors. Finish is malty,with a good hop presence and some smoke. Very respectable stout,and one I hope to enjoy again.
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#29 of my Stouts of November: Opaque with frothy tan head and some lace. Aroma hints of roasted malt, nutty, molasses, mocha, coffee, raspberry, aromatic hops and minor phenols. The taste starts mocha sweet and has undertones of coffee and smoke. A nice bitterness and acidity is on the finish. It is full-bodied but it’s not at all overbearing. A very solid stout with some nice complexities. Recommended.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black liquid with slivers of dark cherry highlights. Nice off-white tannish creamy head of foam about a finger high. Smell is faint of dark roasted malts and old-been-sitting to-long-coffee. Taste is nice coffeeish, roasted darken malts, lingering a bit in burntness and chocolate, ends in a moderate hop twinge of bittering dryness. Good soild full medium body with a earthy darkened dryness in the finish. Good stout offering.