thedm (4866) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK ready for number 1200? I am eagerly awaiting this gem of a number 22 rated beer. I hope I am not disappointed. Here we go! It pours a small head of very dark brown fine to medium sized long lasting bubbles that leave behind a good lacing. The body is opaque black like in a cave with no hope of seeing any carbonation in it. The aroma is a bit disappointing as it is very mile with only dark malts and a very mild roastyness to it. Time for the first taste. It is smooth yet burns slightly as it goes down. Its 9% ABV is apparent. There is a distinct malt bite to it that lingers somewhat in the finish. The flavors contain notes of coffee malt mollasses alcohol and mild sweetness. It is a potent brew and worthy of its high ratings.
Tmoney99 (9964) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - The pour was black with a medium brown head that did diminish over the course of drinking. The aroma was complex with toasted malt, molasses and coffee. Full body with creamy texture that finished with light alcohol. Full bitter sweet flavor with a long finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This imperial stout pours with a black as night body topped by a medium thick brown head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with slight chocolate notes, a very slight roastiness and a touch of fruit. The aroma is very subtle. The flavor is sweet and malty with roasty coffee notes, a slight bitterness and nice chocolate and cream notes. Full bodied and very smooth.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
very very thick oily pour, the brown head shrank to a thin ring around the glass...MIlky, chocolate covered apricot aroma with a nice sourness behind it, but overall it was pretty subtle, and i had to whiff hard...but there were definite dark fruits there and i liked it. Nice soft palate with lots of roasty coffee flavors..some chocolate bars, some subtle sour lactose notes...slightly vinious, very velvety, silky mouthfeel, and a touch of finishing bitterness.
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, dark, and rich, this beer leaves an amazing roasted/malt/coffee flavor on the tongue. It didn’t have much of an aroma or head, but is has a great flavor and a better after taste.
Aubrey (3412) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Blacker than black. Thick and milkshake-like (while it was heavy, it wasn’t too heavy ... extremely nice texture). Very roasted and toasted, with big notes of burntness, coffee, dark chocolate, and cherries. Lesser notes of lactic sweetness and milk chocolate. Loved the big and rich, complementing hops (a little grassy and earthy). Flavors and aromas are all over the place, but somehow the beer keeps its balance, harmoniously catering to your tongue. Very tasty impy stout!
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
smooth great drinkable major league stout. Midnight black and after alchohol kicks in, you'ss spend the night anywhere. Better than almost any drink. Not too coffee but rich malt chocolate taste covering the 9%. hoppy too!
5000 (5981) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours like used gear oil, black as outer space, soft frothy tannish head, with attractive brewers lace. Notes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts, and soy on the nose. Forwardly coffee (black), melding with a bit of soy that gives way to some chocolatey bitterness. Slight dry cocoa on the finish.   Starting to feel the warmth of this one!   Dark chocolate bitterness & hops linger. Good body, somewhat silky mouthfeel. Most definitely enjoyable. Thanks goes out to jsquire for the trade!
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black opaque color with a dark brown head that was very full. Very thick body that clings to the glass. Good roasted malt aroma with some malt sweetness. Good roasted malt flavor at first with some hop bitterness with a dry bitter finsh in the end.A good overall Imp St but a little more bitter than I care for in the finish.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost like oil, super dark. Very deep rich dark brown head that fades quickly. Creamy upfront. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, chocolatey, but nicely balanced by the strong roast and hoppy components. Despite the thickness of this brew, it finishes surprisingly crisp and dry with mostly roasty and more so bitter. just the way it should