WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark as can be, dark tan minimal head. Big roast flavors of coffee and chocolate. Some initial hop presence, alcohol is hidden well. Very smooth, no bitter qualitys. Great beer.
Foxbush (1483) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 This is the another beer enjoyed from a tap at a Richmond bar. This is an excellent stout. The head was creamy but did not last long. It has a full flavor of malt and hops and is worth trying. This was enjoyed again at the Capital Ale House in Jan 2006. This was enjoyed again in March 2006 during a birthday party for friends. It was very good. Robust flavors were enjoyed. This stout is one of the best. I enjoyed another beer as one of my Christmas 2007 beers. It has so much character. It is a joy to drink such a quality beverage. It has velvet feel like no other stout.
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
She is jungle black...and is perfect first thing in the morning..if your into that...referring to her coffee taste and aroma. She starts with a nice creamy head that disapates but she leaves her lace all over hell. She tastes very sweet...smoken (smokey flavor and smell) stout.
gsmitty80 (1982) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 This stoudt is the best ive ever tried. The tones of chocolate and coffee are superior to any ive tried. Another great beer from victory.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draught at RFD, Washington DC) Deep black with dark tan head. Black cherries and coffee in the aroma. Full bodied with black cherries, esspresso, and hints of dark chocolate in the flavor. Didn't notice the EtOH--didn't have the "brandy" finish of some high ABV beers.
JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black in color. Head is medium-large, chocolate brown, and drops after a few minutes leaving behind a ring and nice lacing. Truly delicious aroma: citric hops, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, peat, and a little smoke. Syrupy, milky and rich mouthfeel. Flavor is mossy wet coffee grounds, mildly biting hops, and finish is slightly sweet with maple notes. Despite the huge and roasted aroma, the flavor is overall rather mellow. Quite nice.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2005 Wow, a stout that I actually like a lot! Thick and dark as night, hold it up to the light and none gets through, brown head medium sized that leaves great lacing on the glass. Malty hoppy rich nose. hops and malts tangy and sweet in the taste. Thick full body. Excellent beer. Edit: Had again on 4-28-05. Ya know this stuff is pretty good, dont get me wrong. However, compared to some of the other imperial stouts that I have had this just does not do it for me. Taken from 4.2 to 4.1 just decreased the overall impression from 17 to 16
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Big malty aroma with big beautiful bubbly head. Black color (where are all of the White Stouts?). Creamy smooth with inital alcohol bite. Nice lacing throughout. Toffee mouthfeel. Bottle dated 1/10/03. Thank you OldGrowth for this one.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color with small brown head.Aroma is a hoppy coffee smell. Taste is huge in a roasted coffee type of flavor. Pretty complex with different flavors(caramel,chocolate,toffee and vanilla come to mind).Alcohol is not noticed but surely felt.Finishes creamy and bitter.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely delicious and appropriately named for the flavors of this beer combine and crash like rolling thunder upon one's palate. No one flavor dominates this deep, black Imperial. The beauty lies in the subtley of each of the flavors: coffee/expresso, caramel, deep-roasted malts. And there's an undercurrent of complex, flowery hops with helps with this beers fullness. It has that excellent bittersweet taste like kissing you're friend's hot wife. One of my new favorites. Definitely recommended.