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, it’s an extremely enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves darker beers.
jzzbassman (1587) - 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 isn’t as strong as you’d 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 (644) - 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.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a solid black color and a minimal tan head. The aroma is of chocolate milk, a hint of roast coffee, and some alcohol. Oily texture and not too heavy for a stout. Flavors are sweet malt and chocolate that builds to a roasted coffee and finishes with a touch of hops. This is a great one.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black opaque color with red highlights. No signs of effervescence in the body. A rich full tan head that diminishes rather quickly, but leaves a clingy lace. Aroma is of hops, roasted grains and chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy like no other -- full bodied and smooth with low effervescence. The taste has a slightly sweet start roasted flavors in the middle and a welcome hop finish.
I can see what all the rage is about.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 Re-rate: What I missed the first time in aroma came back the second time around. Perfect stout! Wow! This one blew me away... very strong, very filling, no head -- pitch black. So black, like oil... roasty, deep chocolate and coffee. Awesome!
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 The true king of beers. Pours out pitch black wiht a decent sized tan head. It has a roasty, hop aroma. The taste is roasty with notes of hops. You don’t even realize its high ABV until long after you are done. This is a very complex beer, and the only Imperial Stout I drink year-round