jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 One of the mildest imperial stouts I have imbibed. Definately aromatic, chocolate and espresso dominate with roasted malts. Definate hoppiness, strange, but amazingly good! Fantastic full flavor, complex. Very nice! Better than most.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Had a chance to get well acquainted with a case of this Imperial Stout. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Very complex. Donít plan on drinking more than a few of these in one sitting.
Inconsistency across years is a bit of a problem
This beer has fallen hard.
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oct. í04 bottle. Pours a jet black with thick tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, malts, some hops, nuts and slightly of vanilla. Taste is chocolatey, roasty and malty. Finishes with a hint of vanilla and bitter hops. Very thick. Very smooth. Very warming. Very nice.
SpringsLicker (3466) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 10/23/03 from the cellar on 12/14/04.
Opaque black with a substantial tan head that receded quickly, lacing the glass as it fell.
Chocolate and coffee with rich malts in the aroma.
This has a very creamy dry palate, extremely smooth. Bitter espresso comes onto the tongue first, some chocolate at the back. Complex flavors and palate mask the alcohol well.
I first tried this in June and was disappointed, the cellar has definitely improved this one.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poures rich and dark with a short lived tan head. I was suprised with the fruity, peppery aroma of this full-bodied beast. Fruity (ripe cherries, plums), dark roasted, and pleasantly acidic. Very dry and satisfying. No alcohol bite whatsoever. I think this is even superior to Old rasputin because of itís amazing drinkablity and smoothness. Awesome Victory! Well worth the price.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An unbelievably huge beer, in every sense. Thick dark brown pour w/light-brown head and some lacing. Invitingly thick palate, just the right amount of carbonation. Iím definitely no expert, so I couldnít pick out many of the flavors at work, but suffice it to say itís incredibly complex and delicious. A pleasure.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
jan 2004 bottle.
fruity aroma of apple with hints of cherry. this beer is dark with a neat light brown dissipating head that leaves behind decent lace. the palate is creamy and smooth with the light carbonation dancing across my tongue. the taste is fruity, sweet, apple again, giving way to bitter dark chocolate then there is this coffee present in the finish that is quite prominent and rounds out the beer excellently. wow, this was just spectacular. no alcohol present, but there was a slight warming sensation which was quite nice. if you havent had this, go out and get some.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! Almost no need to comment further. From the first pour I knew this was going to be a special beer. Rich brown color with a stiff dusky tan head and gorgeous lacing. Intense aroma of roasted fruit, brown sugar and coffee. The flavor was easily as intense as the aroma and certainy didnít disappoint. Wonderful hops, light smoke and mild sweetness all exploded out. Really a hard flavor canvas to pinpoint other than to say it is easily one of the best beers Iíve had regardless of variety.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 2003 bottle, I think a fresh bottle would have been better, especially from a hop standpoint. This pours a thick deep brown settling to a dark black with a small tan head. Has a strong sticky fruit and hop aroma with a dark roasted malt base. There is also some molasses. Iíts bitter, roasted, and sweet all at once. Complex flavor jumps from one sensation to another. Full bodied clean finish.
XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great, dark pour with a tan head that lasts forever. Appearance is excellent, aroma is great - coffee and hops. Excellent taste. This is now my favorite Imperial Stout.