wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 This is my first Imperial Stout, and what an introduction to it. Pours a beautiful black espresso like color with nice lacing at the top. The smell is difficult to analyze. I get coffee, espresso, chocolate covered cherries, dark chocolate and Kalua. The hops are also very present. The taste is also tough to analyze because it is so complex. There is espresso, chocolate cherrie, dark chocolate, kalua, and malts. Iím glad I got to try this because Victory knows how to make beer. I have been impressed with all their offerings so far.
Re-rate- There was a hint of tobacco in the aroma as well. This is so great that I have to score this a little higher. Finishes with a hint of wine and chocolate at the same time. Spectacular beer indeed. As someone else said there is pine in here. I missed that interesting aspect regarding this beer.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 oct. - 09 - 03 bottle.again,much props to the man kp for this brew.poured into a snifter to give a black as black body with a small light brown head.when the head died down it left nice lacing on the sides of the glass.i was surprised at how much hops i could gather in the aroma of this imperial stout.it was definately above all others.hiding in the back were a bit of coffee,some figs,and some chocolate covered cherries. the first sip of this blew me away.this is yet another one of those beers where the palate changes four or five times.it began with some hops,then chocolate,a bit of smoke,roasted malts,and finally some cherries.the mouthfeel is nice and full yet its still very smooth and slides down the throat with ease.after every sip the snifter glass fills with lovely lacing and a nice head swirls back to life.this is simply delecious!!!!!(RE-RAT AFTER MANY BOTTLES)i dont know if they changed the recipe of i changed my palate but this just doenst stand up to most imperial stouts i have now had.to sweet and a little thin.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The final beer tasted at the Great Madison Street Stout Off, from a case that has been cellaring unopened in the basement of the bar I work at for almost 2 years. From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. No head. Pitch black. And the taste.....wow....an upfront bitterness, but then sweet chocolate and bread pudding. Wonderful stuff, cant taste or smell the alcohol...could be dangerous.....
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled Sep 2004. Black with a dark tan head which is pretty sparse. Aroma is absolutely dominated by really piney American hops, which is nice but not at all what I was expecting. Very slight roast barley burnt character but no esters or other malt aromas. Again the flavour kind of lacks the thick maltiness I was expecting (not that Iím any kind of Imp Stout expert), just a fleeting sweetness before a massive, dominant bitter, burnt, orange rind LONG finish which is great. Quite savoury and nice, but itís really lacking malt, fruit and as a result, complexity. Itís more like a black IPA than an Imperial Stout I reckon. From what Jim Busch has written on the HBD it seems like a real simple grain bill and Iím afraid it tastes like it, which is a real shame because Iíve taken to this philosophy with my own brewing and now Iím not sure if I should be rethinking it. Good beer but not excellent, which seems to be a trend with US micros in my experience (except Pelican IPA). They have some REALLY good elements but the whole package isnít quite there.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
acquired via trade with lmgraz1. bottle, pours a deep, rich chocolate color with a small head and not much lacing. flavors of roasted malts and some dark fruits. just a hint of a medicine flavor prevents me from rating higher, but overall a very nice impy stout and winter warmer. Thx Lou!
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 Solid imperial, though not my favorite in this category. Predictable color, pour, and head, with some alcohol bite and unmellowed hop/malt combination that didnít quite come together in the palate. Overall, I enjoyed it and will try it again.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good drink, but this imperial has too many medicinal qualities to ever make it a favorite of mine. It pours black with a light tan ring around the glass in lieu of a head. The first two scents that I catch in the aroma are anise and alcohol... both of which I enjoy, but not as the leads into an imperial stout. The taste is a rich olio of roasted malt, roasted unmalted barley, licorice, alcohol, burnt chocolate, and hints of hop bitterness. It has a surprisingly subdued, roasted finish... although I can feel the full weight of the abv working its way into my system. Okay, but Iíll only be drinking it in the future if someone else is buying.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 Pjk33, you are the man! You íshock meí once again! Pours nicely, and the lace sticks nicely to the glassí however, I like my imperial stouts a little heavier, and this one just didnít quite measure up. A nice beer, however.
Shag (2768) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Capt Cougar for this one. A black appearance with a beige head. The aroma is grapes and chocolate. The flavor is quite sour with some chocolate, raisins, and smoke. Not sure but this may be a little overrated. I enjoyed it but not as good as many of the other Impy Stouts Ive had.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 Mmmm. Poured a dark brown/black with a tan huge head. Head was creamy and inviting. Wondrous aroma of roasted malts and faint whisper of hops as well. This poured as thick as well worn motor oil. The mouth feel was so heavy. I tasted liquors and anise, as well as toasted chocolate malts. The complex flavor gave way to a dry, bitter, sour finish. The % is hidden behind all these flavors as they bland nicely to an expression reminiscent of a fine espresso.