joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 chocolate, coffee, roasted malt...pours very dark brown/black...small head which didnt last,,nice lace which did
great imperial stout. -----rerate/ - dec 04 batch. very hoppy, not as malty or chocolatey.....oct o5 batch-----woah. cheese, feet smell...not nice. still a good flavor of malt and choc, but thin and not as good as i once thought it to be.Every batch ive had has been markedly different.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005
Rerate: 14 month old bottle. Even after more than a year in the bottle itís still aromatically hoppy, which doesnít work well with the malt, and even though it is very full bodied, chocolatey and vinous, itís still a bit crude from the excessive hops, so I am lowering my score for right now.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A new favorite of mine. Heard and read lots of good about this brew, finally had the chance to grab some and was not disappointed. Aroma was overwhelmed with hopiness, which is a bit strange for an i.s. but not bad by any means. also had obvious notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Tastes were similar, with the hops still showing up in a big way, providing for a really different experience. am really looking forward to having the rest of this six pack over the next few years and seeing how it ages. but as a younger brew i really enjoyed it.
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black body with a small tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Big coffee flavors to go with hop bitterness, burnt grains, and some underlying fruit. S bit of a creaminess to it. Hides alcohol well. Another disapointment. Just too much burnt flavors.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 bottle from new american beer LES nYC
pours a pitch black with a thin tan head.
roasy malty flavors with the coffee chocolate note that goes with the IS territory.
smooth creamy mouth feel,can taste almost no alcohol. damn fine stout must buy more
Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 This is the best stout I have had (usually not my favorite type of beer) ... Victory has once again set the microbrew standard. Very dark and chocolately, with a very sublime and smooth after-taste. Strong, yet soothing, itís an extremely enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves darker beers.
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
About the only cmoplaint I had was a faint strange off aroma that smelled like spoiled milk. However, the hop and roast malt aroma also were there. Poured black with a nice tan head. The flavors were coffee and malt with a hop bite. The palate was really creamy, and the alcohol was only noticed upon finishing it and getting out of my chair. Superb IS.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12-oz. bottle. Pours an opaque ebony with a dark tan substantial head. Aroma isnít as strong as youíd think....roasted mocha....you can definitely smell the hops. Thick-bodied and sits well on the tongue. Strong flavor of roasted malts, nuts, and mocha. Goes down smoothly with a bitter but sweet finish. Yummmm.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I first tasted this pretty fresh I must admit I did not think much of it. It was too roasty and I do not think a hop presence belongs in an Imperial Stout.
Now that it is a year old this beer has mellowed with age beautifully. Pours coffee color with no head. Big mocha/chocolate aroma with just a bit of roastiness. Flavor is mostly mocha and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Alcohol strength is hugely masked.Overall a great beer. Great dessert with Choco-chunk cookies,or as a nitecap.Good stuff Maynard.
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black. Fairly good head.Lots of hops in the nose. Flavor is rich,roasted malt. Victory does it again.