badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Re-Rate 3/20/07; Bottle best by Jan 24, 2012: Iíve been meaning to give this a re-rate for a long time because I think itís gone down hill. Letís see what happens... Pitch black color with a very nice, dark tan head. Earthy hops and a little pine aroma. Chalky taste. Kind of midrange malt between bitter and sweet. Hops are a little on the citrus side. This tastes like itís in the vein of Surly Darkness or Three Floyds Dark Lord, but not nearly as huge tasting. Itís not as bad as I was fearing, but not as good as it was four years ago. Original Rating 12/30/03; Bottle dated October 31, 2003; 9-5-9-5-18-4.6: Black body with a tan head that thins out rapidly. Coffee and toffee notes in the nose and taste. Not nearly as overpowering as some, Bells Expedition comes to mind. Hides its ABV very well. Fantastic stout.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle dated 3-18-03.
Very hop oriented for an imperial stout. Not as "winey/brandy-ish" as Old Rus-Rasp and a few other examples of the style. Overall very tasty, and hides the 9.1 abv very well.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 smells HOPPY. freakin' tasty. very dark, nice tan head. sweet, burnt caramel malty flavors that come though more as it warms up. the hops are very apparent as well. an outstanding, complex beer that offers a nice buzz.
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle dated Nov 21 2003: Good nose, Bakers chocolate, coffee, kinda tart fruity. Great brownish black color clean. No sediment. Decent head that reduced down nicely. Good coffee/ expresso flavor. Creamy medium bitterness dry. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. Doesn't seem as filling as some.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body and loose foamy tan head that broke up fairly easily. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and aromatic hops. Full espresso and caramel malt flavor. A great, highly accessible (in the palatability sense) beer. This beer and Old Rasputin strike me as leading candidates among Imperial Stouts that are bold yet gentle enough for sharing with neophytes. Not overbearing and seems to have a great deal of general likability.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another over the top American Imperial stout. Similiar to the 03 Bell's Exhibition but it is a little more watery.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW!! Awesome brew! Black, opaque body with a dark tan, sumptuous head. Good lacing. Aroma was inviting with roasted, malty, coffee, chocolate tones. The flavor gave me hints of a roasted espresso with a touch of chocolate. Outstanding to the palate. Damn, I wish I had bought more.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous pouring beer. Fully opaque, black. No light coming through this one. Beautiful cappuccino colored head that lasts. Complex aroma, some malts, some caramel and some fruit, maybe raisins. If I thought the aroma was complex, wow is the flavor. Roasted maltiness, again those raisins and chocolate dominate the taste. There are a lot of other things going on here too. The 9% is hidden nicely with only a little ethanol taste. A very nice beer. This beer hasn't aged at all...bottled 11/18/03
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As I opened the bottle, I was instantly hit with a strong hop aroma. It poured thick and black with a medium head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is hoppy with bitter roasted notes. The flavor is actually a little more mellow than I had expected. Very rich and comforting, like hot chocolate on a cold night. If fact, chocolate is quite prevelant in the beer's flavor. The body is smooth and silky. A very good imperial stout.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(October 03) Motor oil pour. Strong, but not that different from a dry stout in taste. Pours black as night and with minimum head. Not my favorite of the style, I think Rasputin and Brooklyn do it better, but definitely worth the purchase.