EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Not what I expected this year... Sorry..lets talk shop to all others in area about adherence to style or not... Let me know.
GregClow (2853) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colour is a beautiful opaque black with ruby flashes and a small mocha head. Rich, smoky aroma with hints of malt, chocolate and oily hops. Flavour is nice and mouth-filling, with the roasty malts and peppery hops in perfect harmony. Warm, lingering finish that becomes slightly boozy as the beer comes closer to room temperature.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very rich and sweet aroma right from the start. Poured thick and oily, somewhere in the middle of the road in consistency when compared to other Imperials I've tasted. Mouthfeel is good, and the profile consists of smoked malt, and some (but rather limited) toasted notes. Raisins too. Finish is mildly bitter. Alcohol well hidden. Not as thick as others I've tasted, but still a good example.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very good stuff...just goes down so smooth and just warms you...I could drink this to relax with and just begin with or end a evening with..
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Victory Brewing sure does love their hops. I, however, do not. Not bad overall, but disappointing for an imperial stout.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've had this on tap several times this year - it's as good as ever. Fully body, rich malt flavors but with plenty of hop kick to keep it all in balance.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black and opaque with a thick light chocolate head. Sweeter aroma - light hops and caramel. Starts with a light citrus and moves to a sweet chocolate, light licorice infused flavor. Hoppy yes, balance somewhat. While I enjoy the beer, the style is so off as to distract. An India Imperial Stout? I feel like the sorting hat in Harry Potter - "Where to put this one?". My second of two bottles - thanks to hopscotch, and my rating, (numbers, it all about the numbers) if not opionions, still waits. OK - Very good Beer but not world class!.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle version from Venom, I must thank him again for our big year-end trade!!! Great Rogue-like hops all over this one (front, back, above and below!). The alcohol is never too much or in-your-face but will be evident after you drink one or two! Not the massively complex stout that I expected, but either was the Dark Lord that got my perfect rating. This is just a hoppy smooth stout with just the right amount of burnt coffee, roasted malt flavor and big alcohol to distinguish it from the rest. I'd love to sip this side by side with the other Imperials.
document (36) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This reminds me of Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. A very fine stout. Lots of hop, and perhaps a touch too much burnt matter -- every now and then a mouthful ends with a teaspoon of soot.
I didn't pick up on the alcohol at all. The aroma I found to be a bit odd. To be blunt, it smells of the barnyard; of course, as drinkers of lambics know, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
I'd like to pour this up next to Shakespeare Stout and see how they compare.
sloth (2452) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick, glides smoothly from the bottle to the glass.Nice creamy cocoa colored head rises up quickly!, fading slowly as the level in the glass does but leaving a nice lace.Piney notes dominate the nose with some roasted malt backing it up.Smooth, full mouthfeel, slick, slightly oily coating.Good balanced bitterness from an apparent large dose of hops in this blackest of brews.Good malt hop balance.Oh yea, the 9% alc is well hidden also.Makes a great night cap brew.