sntckr (6) - Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! A great beer. Poured thick and very dark, with medium mocha head. Aroma is somewhat light for as many ingredients must be poured into this beer. Have sampled this beer at varying temps. The complexity of flavors is very distinct/intense at less cold temps--coffee, chocolate, malt, and hops. Errs towards the sweet side on the front end but the hops catch up with it. I am not looking forward to this going "out of season"
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Victory - My first impression of both taste and aroma - WOW, that's a hoppy stout. By far the most unique stout I've had. Phenominal flavor. Chocolate & hop aroma. 9.1% ABV - Wow, doesn't taste like it.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black colour with a decent brownish head. Excellent aroma with some huge hoppy notes on top of the roasted malt. Unfortunately, I don't really appreciate the typical Northwestern American hoppiness (Cascade?) in the roasted imperial stout flavour. Still, a very complex beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 A wonderfully complex beer. Pours very dark and forms a medium head, with a fair amount of lacing. Hints of chocolate. Good amount of roasted flavor. Big hop character that balances out the malts nicely. Has a nice warming alcohol feel, but hides the alcohol taste very well.
Re rate: Still quite nice, but not what I remembered. Nice dark fruits, roast and lots of hops. Very nice but I’ll have to take it down a few notches.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Oh Lord, when will this brewery close it's doors and stop making complex, yet awful beers? I realize this is a very complex, and intricate beer, but i'm sorry, i don't believe it's a good beer. but that's just me (heh, considering the ratings on this beer, i'm the _only_ one who doesn't like it).
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a full light brown head. It starts out with moderate hoppy bitterness then rolls into a wonderful deep roasted malt(chocolatey)aftertaste. A well balanced beer. Excellent!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If it weren't fora trade with Arjan I'd being drinking swill right now.This is by far one of the darkest brews i've had so far.Nice heavy dark head.The flavor was sweet,malty,chocolate with some fruit tones in it but hard to describe,but definately there.Kind of light on the hops but they are detectable with a dark chocolate after taste.The alcohol is nearly undetectable just a warm alcohol feel going down is the best i can do to detect it.Definately a new favorite for me and i'm not real big on Imperial's but this one,has earned a spot in my heart as well as my gut.Can't get a better trade thanks Arjan
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Dark. Dark. Dark. Hints of coffe and choclate in the nose. Extremely smooth. A delicious hoppy flavor with a nice sweetness. Choclate and coffee flavors as well
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with an opaque black body topped by a medium thick to thick tan head with good lace left on the glass. Sweet and slightly fruity malt aroma with a very slight roastiness and coffee accents. Slightly sweet and roasty malt flavor with bitter alcohol notes. A roasty coffee finish is observed. Full bodied, a touch dry and slightly warming.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of chocolate, malt, roasted grains, some fruit and substantial flowery hops. Pours a syrupy black and is topped by a chocolate milk frothy head that laced my glass. Initially sweet on the tongue, chocolate, malt, and then a bitter finish of roasted malt and spicy hops. Creamy full mouthfeel, a little alcohol warming in the finish, but it hides the 9.1% exceptionally well. One of the most drinkable imperials I've had.