shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Baker’s chocolate, coffee, toffee, lots of hops. I was expecting to be blown away based on the reviews, but I just thought it was a good stout in general. Maybe it needs to age a bit. Bonus points for masking the alcs.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - big roasty, chocolatey nose. Velvety smooth on the palate. Beautiful chocolatey Impy. Loved this one!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Coloring. Good Tan Head. Coffee. Roasts. Oh dear...for the Stout lover this one’s alright laddy!!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle-In the vaults of HI International. Bring it on. What a great beer. Beautifully velvetty chocolate mocha flavours, lovely roasted malts. Its also quite hoppy, for sure, but the balance is great, it really is rich, yet subtle, teases the tongue quite nicely. Always made me want more after every sip. Bottled on Jan 20, 2004, so its fresh, and it tastes mighty good.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Easily my favorite imperial stout, although there are many I have yet to try. Bitter. Wow. Good.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as midnight on a new moon, with a substantial and lasting head. You can smell chocolate, a little espresso, and cherry. You can taste all of that too, with a hint of rasberry. The beer didn’t have much legs, and was a little thinner than ideal, but an excellent stout really. A must have.
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2004 Poured from 2003 vintage bottle. Light orange and brownish head. Body was incredibly black. Deep caramel, coffee, roasted malts and cherries all come out of the subtle aroma. The taste is sweet with raspberries, chocolate, coffee and apples. This is an excellent Imp. Stout. A little too much tartness and slightly thin. Thanks milkmandan.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Pours black with a dark dark tan head. Has a coffee flavor. Large alcohol content warms you up as it goes down.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 This was definitely tastey. Black pour with a thin dark tan head. Rich coffee molasses and hops flavors. Good, but there is better. Not sure about the 100 percent it has acheived. I would take a smutty nose imperial over this any day.
RERATE: Black color with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is big rich and mildly alcoholic. Flavor is mostly roast with some weak chocolate. Finish is bitter, but again I am not overly impressed.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 bottle BB 03/2011
Pitch black beer, thin light brown head quickly fading to lace. Deep roasty aroma with loads of dark chocolate, light tar, strong herbal notes over all of the dark malts as well. Flavour is good, bittersweet chocolate, heavy, charry roast, sweet malts, not much in the way of fruit, just a deep dark roasty maltiness. Alcohol slips in at the end. Lingering roast with a strong grassy/herbal hoppy flavour as well. Drinks pretty easily but the malts don’t seem as complex as I remember.
330 ml bottle BB 01/10/2005
courtesy of mustang3-Thanks!
Pours jet-black with a rocky dark tan head that falls back to a thin slick over the beers surface and a tiny amount of lacing. Molasses, roasted barley, brown sugar and plum are the aromas that are most immediately present. There was an enormous amount of piny hop flavour up front which seemed quite unusual in a stout. On the first sip I’m hit by a wave of coffee and molasses that slowly fades away allowing those hops to rise up from the back leaving a lingering bitterness that seems to arise from both the copious amounts of hops but also from some roasted barley. As the beer warms, other complex aromas start to waft out of my snifter including licorice, prunes and cherries. Amazingly every sip seems slightly different from the one previous, some intensely bitter and some so smooth that they’re like the perfect cup of espresso. An incredibly complex, well-balanced, and delicious.