bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, dark brown body with a thin, tan head. Some lacing.
Coffee, chocolate and roadted malt dominates the aroma.
Big roast and chocolate malt flavor. Pleasent bitterness. Alcohol gives to a slightly sour/astringent flavor.
Full bodied, thick and smooth. Not bad.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
yes, it appears formidable. as solid black as one of those old bell system rotary phones-- with a nutmeg colored froth of generous foam. but just a whiff shows that it's an imposter in the imperial camp: certainly no cornucopia of fortified fruits, no pregnant hops nor hulking liquers to delight or bemuse. just burnt coffee, straw hat, oil-drenched lawn mower air filter and cottage cheese on the 'danger' side of the freshness date. burnt nail bitterness erases any overtures of sweetness, leaving the smoking liability of a raton furniture fire that was extinguished by all the day-old coffee poured out by every truck stop diner along the new jersey turnpike on a damp summer wednesday with an ozone alert. me no likey.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black and viscous with little tan head. The aroma is lactic acid, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor is much the same as the aroma - not too much in the hop department, but enough to provide balance. The palate is pretty rich. Overall, this is OK, but a bit too lactic.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a small disapearing brown head. Aroma of roast and chocolate. Very malty with roast and coffee flavors. Smooth and very drinkable. More of a regular stout than an imperial.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More lactic quality than the New Glarus Imperial Stout. Roasted with a lingering coffee-milk flavor. Good balance in the palate--carbonation with bite. Still, it isn't as thick as it might be. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black, big tan head. Some yummy cherries/strawberries in the aroma and flavor. Rich chocolate, thick mouthfeel. Calorie-riffic. An excellent example of the style, I'm surprised it isn't rated higher.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black opaque body with a frothy, thick, light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and maybe molasses. Same with the flavor. Very enjoyable.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Again, a very nice stout. A little higher alcohol content, and a little sweeter than the New Glarus. Very nice. :-)
3fourths (7879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pitch black with a decent brown head. Very strong aroma of cream and burnt fruit, maybe a little bit of sour/bad milk. Semi-thin palate... a simple cream and coffee flavor, not much complexitiy. Watery and thin finish. I'm disappointed.
craven5000 (99) - Westville, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It had an airy dark tan head for only a minute. Extremely dark brown or black. No light was able to get through it at all. Had a notable number of floating tan “things” along the bottom and middle. Medium body that slid down smoothly with a slightly rough after taste with hints of alcohol. Not much of an aroma to mention and the taste was slightly a dark coffee. Not bad but not special either.