Maddog (385) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer left me in a quandry. For a stout, it was very good, but for an imperial, it fell short. It poured a very dark, opaque with a very dark tan head which was most impressive. However, the flavor was only a mild roastiness with sweet maltiness. The body was a trifle thin and left a little bit to be desired. For a beer to be rated this high, I was expecting something extraordinary, and this imperial was not. It was very good, but not worthy of a 100 or a top 10 rating.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cocoa, slight molasses, toffee, caramel malt (H); slight whisky / cask wood aroma and very dark fruits. Jet black with a brown head. heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: incredibly sweet (good thing). Flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma in so far as complexity.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 My first imperial. Pours thick and black, with a small dark head that disappears quickly. Malty sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. More of the same in the flavor, plus a bit of alcohol taste. I believe I’m hooked.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of coffee, chocolate truffle, alcohol, unidentifiable dark fruits. Pours oily black, very thin brown head. Chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor, decent bitterness, subdued fruitiness, light alcohol flavors. Very full and smooth, roasty bitterness in finish. Very drinkable and smooth. Not overly complex or intense, but very satisfying. I could drink a lot of these.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
7/28/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, OH 5/28/04. Motor oil thick, black with dark brown highlights and a chocolate brown head with the consistency of oatmeal. I poured it as vigorously as I possibly could to try to get a head on it. It worked, but it doesn’t last all that long. Still, LOVE that look. A patchy, dark brown film on the top of the beer is fine with me. Lovely nose of rich chocolate and fruit. Dark with a little bit of roastiness and the berry smell of Boo Berries cereal. But in a good way. A little bit faint, but it’s subtle. Served way too cold, but can’t no serving temperature keep the flavor down on this monster. Roasted chocolate malts and shades of coffee. Burnt charcoal with a touch of acidity and a sharp but subtle complement of hops. Oh my goodness. . . Very little trace of alcohol. Only on the breath! Very full-bodied and decadent. Slightly chewy and chalky, doing its best unrefined cocoa powder impression. I love it. There must be a whole day’s worth of calories in this sucker.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black witha moderate head of glistening tiny dark tan bubbles. Soft aroma for the style (somewhat welcome). Mild dark chocolate and light fruity ester. Slick silk feel. Flavors are not as overpowering as others (again somewhat welcome). Roasted and toasted, dried, crystalized and caramelized, all the malts are in this one. Hints of charred wood in the finish along with some berried fruit. Alcohol is not evident (ditto on the welcome thing again). Very well made and a pleasure to partake. Thanks CecretBanta.
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I traded for two of these, so thanks to both Aracauna and CaptainCougar for this!
Opaque black pour with a minmal Mocha colored head. Aroma of roast malt, heavy caramelized sugar and chocolate.
Smooth, creamy, coating palate brings flavors of chocolate, espresso and ends with just the right bitter ending. Well done Imperial Stout.
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black colour with a tiny wisp of tan head. Roasty aroma with great bittersweet chocolate notes. Smooth and creamy body. Expected notes of espresso and choocoate in the flavour, and a lingering bitter & roasty finish. Fantastic stuff. Thanks to jercraigs (and by extension, NorthYorkSammy).
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG04. Pours midnight black with a small tan head. Aroma is very roasty with some great chocolate character. Taste is very sweet and rich, thick roasty malt, well balanced, with caramel. Crazy ass wolf on the bottle with the glowing piss green eyes knows whats up.
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 2008-10-14. Black body with a good sized khaki head. (4+) Lightly acidic overtones, cocoa, roast malt. (7+) Similar flavour, lightly acidic roast malt, dark malts throughout. Medium bodied paalt. (3+) Solid stout, bit muddled at times. Pleasant. 7+/4/7+/4/16 - 3.8 Bottle is close to a year old from Mabel’s Florida trip
2005 Vintage. Rated November 2006. Black body, good sized brown head fades quickly. Aroma of alcoholic raisins, muted roast and extremely mild notes of cold coffee. Flavour has fruity raisin character, muted roast is relatively sweet with very minor notes of roast bitterness. Less rough than previus sample but also a bit less interesting. Medium palate is pleasant, relatively uncarbonated. Putting some age on it was a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion. 7-8/3/7+/3/15 - 3.5
July 2004. Bottle. Black as night and headless enough to inspire Ichabod Crane, but a swirl of the glass rejuvenates a beautiful chocolate coloured head if only momentarily. Aroma is surprisingly muted, with a bit of roasty malt poking through. Flavour is a bit simplistic at times. Sweet malt with a bit of roasted malt and chocolate lingering in the background. Slightly bitter not quite astringent aftertaste. Very nice palate and mouthfeel. Thanks for the trade NorthYorkSammy. 5/4/7/4/16 - 3.6