Darkover (1511) - 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 (3612) - 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 (7769) - 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 (91) - 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.
BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
#31 of my Stouts of November: Opaque with a large tan creamy head that settled into a more oily appearance, moderate lace. The aroma hinted of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, raisin, coffee, smoke, aromatic hops, and chalky yeast esters. The initial taste comes off malty mocha sweet. The undertone of bitterness and smoke makes an in and out and back in again showing. The mouthfeel of this medium-bodied brew is somewhat watery and soft, chalky as well. More sweet stout than Imperial, but this is still a well-crafted beer. Serve at near room temperature to get full aroma and taste.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2003 Dark brown,near black. Thin,tan,head. Very roasty aroma,with some black malt and hop undertones.Medium body. Thin,oily mouthfeel. Clean,roasty and dark malt flavors. Maybe a hint of vanilla and caramel. Finish is hoppy,and roasty caramel. Lingering leaf hops and fudge. Finish is similar to Storm king,not as full,but the hoppiness is similar. This has the roastiness it boasts,very full in aroma and flavor. Not a nightcap Imperial but a good,easy drinking one.