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 (3635) - 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 (1374) - 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 (7797) - 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 (92) - 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.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown with reddish-yellow edges. Beige head. Aroma was raisin and plum. Flavor was roasted tobacco and sweet chocolate, nice bitter hop twist towards the dry finish. Well masked alcohol....decent imperial, nothing outstanding though.