warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good american micro version of an imperial stout. I personally prefer the english version which does not use near as much hops. Sam Smith's is the classic version to me since it was originally brewed by an english brewer for the russian czars. I think that Sam's is a more acurate version of what was made back in the 1800's.
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Black with a big brown head. Smells of coffee, scotch and milk, but dominated by a moldy and unpolished grassy hop nose. Big thick & smoky chocolate malt flavor with big scratching hops thoughout. Disgusting almost, doesn’t even resemble an imperial stout.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color. Head didn't last long but lacing did. A bit fruity in aroma. Alcohol very well masked. Great stuff.
raymow (821) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent stout! Dark black in color with a reddish head that quickly dissipates. Great flavor - I'll have another!
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark with a nice milky brownish head. Complex flavors with a burnt malt finish. Leaves you with the feeling you just had a strong coffee or espresso. Damn good beer.
tripeldubbel (2) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In my book, the best American Imperial Stout. If you've only tried it fresh, I suggest aging a few in your cellar. The coffee notes become much more distinct as well as the hops. It's a complex stout with alot going on, but not so much that you're confused as to what they were going for. The roasted malt and chocolate hints are second only to Sammy Smith's Imperial. If you're a real stout fan, and haven't had this, you'll be a stout lover when you do try it.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 New batch, bottled 11/11/04, making this bottle 12 days old. This is as fresh as, yet better than Bud. In response to latest thread about SK being overated. Duvel tulip for maximum enjoyment. Aroma of fresh hops dominates the aroma. I can pick out the malt underneath, and the two components mesh together in a smooth melody. Flavor has a ton of hops in it as well. The malt is not sweet and sticky, but smooth and round, amost like a dark chocolate pudding. Massive fresh hops lingers on your palate. Let me tell you, this is a complex and fun beer as is. If you really think about it, the argument can be made that it is essentially a black IIPA, with all these hops. Intimidating to many a wuss out there who complains that this is overated. Like the morons who say Arrogant Bastard is overated. I just think that those peeps should just shut up and drink more beer. Eventually they will come to appreciate such masterpieces as this.And along those lines I must up my overall from a 16 to an 18. Long live storm King. Long live Victory. I wonder if any of you morons out there will ever actually read this? If so, please beermail me so that I can have some satisfaction.
Tap at the brewery. Hoppy chocolate aroma. Big roasty hop flavor. Well balanced and big. Much better than bottle. Bottled 10/09/03. Still just a baby. Pours black with a tan head. Hoppy aroma, with yeasty notes. Hops dominate the big malt. Hard to pick out the darker malt flavors. Obviously, needs to be cellared for a while and re-rated. Looking forward to it, too.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 Bottled on 10/21/2003. Bottle pours the color of 100K mile used motor oil with a Florida tan head and nice lace. The aroma is of hops, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor starts out dry, rolls to a coffee-chocolate show, then on to a fruity and piney finish. There is quite an espresso like aftertaste. The palate is oily rich. This is fine.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Bottle around 10 months old poured in a snifter: black as a black hole with a ruby reflect like a owl’s pupil when he anticipates bleeding his prey. The head is tan, thin, sticky, short-lasting. Aroma is deep spicy hops with obvious molasses notes as well as rich dark chocolate, this is gonna be good. Mouthfeel is very thick, oily yet velvety. This is one complex beer. Hops are prevalent and delicious, but there’s a definite malty couterpart with peaks of chocolate, molasses, coffee and a perfectly balanced roastiness. The finish is hoppy, grapefruity, citrusy, and very dry without being overpowered on the bitterness aspect. Medium bodied well-hidden alcohol. Cheers Egajdzis!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks extended to Jeremy for sending me this brew many months ago, Cheers!
Bottled on 1 / 8 / 2003: I’m drinking this one just slightly below room temperature. The body is Jet-Black, and pours a mammoth toffee colored rocky head. A devastating aroma of chocolate, and espresso, I’m detecting some spice, like cinnamon as well, Nice! Now to the flavor, YES, oh F Yeah! BIG monster alcohol presence, keeping my oral cavity and esophagus warm and toasty!!!
Again I’m detecting chocolate malts, rich oily French pressed coffee, raisins, and something I was NOT expecting, BIG hops! Really the hops give this Imperial a very pine like or cider woodsy accompaniment. This Imperial plays out a raging symphony, a battle of hops and deep robust malt.
The palate is full and supple smooth, the finish is dry and bittering. A drape of toffee lacing closes this Imperial off and into a world where Storm King reigns supreme.
Thanks again J-Man!