3fourths (8214) - 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 (100) - 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 (6122) - 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.
DrnkMcDermott (2821) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Fresh bottle, Mar. 2004. This one is a bit drier and more astringent than the last batch I had. Still, it’s not been aged that long. I’ll put some more down and see how it comes out later. Still at $8-9 for a sixer, a good price for any imperial.
2-year old bottle, tasted Nov. 2003. Very smoky, tobacco-y and dry. Not quite to style (though with a beer intended to age, it’s hard to keep the flavor from changing) but an enjoyable brew. Extra points for its pleasantly unusual smell.
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of dark chocolate, oil, wood, charcoal, earthiness, espresso, toffeeish sweetness and some very faint prune, with light alcoholic fumes. Took at least 20 minutes to pour due to excessive foaming which was a bit of a nuisance, but it finally settled into a surprisingly slight head, allowing me to partake. Malty, chocolatey flavor, roasty with some syrupy sweetness and almost unnoticeable background hop spices. Palate is initially somewhat thick, but thins out and develops some rather unwelcome fizzy carbonation on the finish. Needs some adjustment, but has potential.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much aroma at all. Black color with a few unknown chunks in it. Great flavor, though not much like an imperial stout. Roasted malt and deep rich flavor.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Disappointing. This is a great brewer who has failed to make a convincing imperial stout. THin, ugly with very little aroma and thin dark grain flavor. Not as bad as all that, but cannot compare to Victory, North Coast, Avery &c.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells slightly of chocolate malts, roasted and some coffee. Pretty much what is expected in an imperial stout from the aroma. Black, with small amounts of head. Flavor is amlty, kind of a chalky texture. This beer seems to be slacking in the palate department, which is it's beggest problem. Otherwise, a damn tastey beer.