RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great color and smooth mouth feel. This beer hit on almost every note. I was a little underwhelmed by the finish but would still drink this beer again and again.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 Pours an opaque jet black with a little bit of tan head. Aroma is an interesting mixture of roasty malts and citrusy flowers. Flavor is very complex starting first with a smooth sweetness then a little bit of hopes, followed by a lot of coffee and finishing with a ton of bitterness. Very thick and heavy and can definitely tell theres a lot of alcohol in this one. Overall, quite a good beer.
Re-rate 10/1/05: Just tried a bottle I had been aging for about a year. It absolutely knocked my socks off. Flavor mellows incredibly and its so smooth. Love it
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours perfect for an imperial stout, ebony black with a tall light brown head. Very roasty aroma, just a beast of roastiness, hint of very dark chocolate, rich coffee, slight smokey quality, and some fig/raisin notes. Taste is smooth as butter, going down with ease, just amazingly balanced with a nice trailing coffee bitterness. Taste starts with a nice sweetness, hints of slightly bitter bakers chocolate, then a big rush of coffee and clean bitterness to balance. Slight salty/soysauce hint near the finish thats really quite pleasant in thsi brew. Very smooth and big beer with some mystical owl staring at you the whole time you drink.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a good one! Strong taste, lasting flavor that remains on the tongue. No hint of bitterness. The high alcohol content leaves a pleasant warm feeling.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
served up on tap by a sandy blond cutie barmaid at Victory Brewing Co!! What a great welcome back to the East Coast. Blackish/dark ruby brownish clear color, thin dark tan head. coffee and roasted malt nose, dry roasted malt flavor balanced with dark fruits, fresh tobacco, and hop bitterness. some folks don’t believe the hype, but I score this high because it’s a very pleasant Imp Stout. save a spot for me at the bar!
JK (5330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Aromas of roasted malt, a Belgian yeast quality, and dried fruit. Black with a small head. leave a lace. Flavor is also complex. Dried fruit, coffee, soy sauce, tobacco, and sweet malt. A thick and heavy beer. Simple bitter finish.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 This is an excellent stout. Kinda surprised it is a 100 percentile though. Bitter... what you would expect. Good. Yay. Edit 11/09/06 - This is really a knockout beer. Just really, really great.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nov. 2003 Bottle, sampled 10/29/04. Very dark brown/black and clear body. Average sized creamy light-brown head that lasts. Roasted/burnt cascadey hop aroma with some chocolate. Nothing exceptional to pick out in the taste, but it just a great concoction of hops and roasted malts. Plus, I drank it kind of fast. Nice mouthfeel... slightly oily.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stout. Quite hoppy and malty. Burned finish. It is a great beer, because of the strong bitterness, compared to other examples of this style. Pretty dry and DARK!! Fantastic aroma.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Poured black with big rich chocolate colored head...smelled very roasty with coffee and chocolate...tasted rich and luxurious...coffee and chocolate malty goodness...great mouthfeel, just plain good...finish bittersweet and a touch of alcohol...