Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(cask RAF 03) Classic imp stout. Very dark. Chocolate/port/plum flavors. Very rich. Nice and roasted. Good fruit flavors.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the RAF 2003: Right away the aroma is more complex than all of the other Imperial Stouts I sampled as the fest. Thickly roasted with sweet alcohol. Warm chewy raisins, sweet plums offer a wonderful velvety mouthfeel. Thickly coats the mouth and lingers there, to taste again and again.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
YUMMMmmmm, the obvious king of Imperial Stouts at 2003's RAF! Big mix of aromas that didn't disappear in the taste! Milky with raisins and figs. Big 9.5%abv was well masked. Big toffee and bitter end. Great lingering aftertaste of rum and plum and chocolate soy milk.
fraternie (958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fruitier, more complex aroma and malt flavor than any other Imperial I had at the RAF...Malt begins with toffee, a bit of roastedness and develops a dark fruit character. Malt starts somewhat like a barleywine before fading into chocolate malt. Moderate hops. Smooth, great balance, the best of the style at the fest.
jaymobrown (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this cask at the RAF and what I remember most is the milk-like feel. One of the more enjoyable beers. Had the roasted coffee taste with some fruit flavors.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask (RAF): Definitely put the other imperials to shame at the real ale fest...it dripped from the cask blacker than Tupac and sat in the glass spitting forth deep dark chocolate fumes raped by raisins, sour plums and figs..then drenched in coffee..almost hitting vinous qualities at times..The mouthfeel was THICK, like it should be..super tasty chocolate oozing fudge sprinkled with a complex intertwinement of raisins and plums..representing true Imperial Standards
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favorite Imperial Stout from the Real Ale Fest. Dark and full with plenty of flavor. Roasted, toasty and thick. Coffee, chocolate, sweet fruits and vinous notes, vanilla and a touch of wood. Nice balance of sweet and roasted character. Deserving winner of the Gold Medal.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color with no head. Smoky, mildly fruity aroma. Bourbon-y aroma and flavor. Yummy, buttery rich, like I imagine a hot toddy would be.
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 (2/9/05 -- cask) Black body with no head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, strong dark chocolate. Very smooth full body. Yummy! (7/4/8/5/16). (1/17/03 -- aged in a J.W. LEE Harvest Ale cask) Black body with no head. Mildly sweet aroma, woodsy, hint of port. Sweet taste, with good bitterness. No carbonation, but the richness compensates somewhat. Very nice imperial stout. (7/4/9/3/17).
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap GABF 02: Big pine hops aroma, mixed with dark fruits. Creamy mouthfeel, bold taste and with a long fruity aftertaste.