Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa Nelly! black+roasty+hoppy+smooth+9.1 ABV = one hell of an Imperial stout.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with minimal head. Thick, roasted malts - sweet dark coffee and licorice - with a huge hop presence. The flavors were smooth and not quite intense, but very well balanced for my tastes. One of my favorites of this style
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2003
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
i was way less impressed by this than everyone else. i did like the deep blackness of the pour, but i didn’t notice a whole lot of aroma, and the aroma was not nearly roasted enough for my tastes. big hop with a bitter aftertaste.
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #200. Loved it. Pitch black, big head, a little fruity. Surprised by the big hop presence. Not a typical Imperial IMHO. Excellent.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2003 Poured very dark with a dark brown cola like head. Quite a hoppy aroma for an imperial, some citrus notes. The sticky aroma is wonderfully roasty with a load of tart burnt fruits. Burnt cherries, strawberries, and oranges. Hints of chocolate, molasses, mushrooom, and burnt wood affirm that you are drinking a piece of art. Sweetness and carbonation are perfect with a burnt bitter finish. Burnt toast, bitterness, and licorice linger and linger and linger. Fantastic stuff!!!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 12/10/02. Yum yum. Extremely dark, almost completely opaque black, with slight head on a vigorous pour and very tight lacing. Scent is surprisingly fruity and bright (juniper berry?) for an imperial stout. Delicious and enticing, and the only thing holding it back is that it's a bit soft. But when the flavor kicks in, look out. . . heavy roasted flavor, awesome dark, spicy, and fruity flavor of dark espresso. Medium body with very smooth mouthfeel and a bright, loud hum on the aftertaste. Incredibly long-lasting finish with more layers opening up-- overall dark cofee finish long after the last sip. Not an overwhelming flavor like some other imperial stouts, but this one has an absolutely wonderful aftertaste (one of the best I've had). Like most imperial stouts, this one is tough to take down in large quantities because of the body and the alcohol content, but with a seasonal treat like this you're more likely going to be drinking it with some friends while simply relaxing. . . And it's almost perfect. Damn the man for making this a seasonal brew-- I want some more NOW!
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 This was very unique. The aroma was that of coffee and licorice and the taste was STRONG licorice with a coffee and dark chocolate blend. The hop taste was strong as well but not overwhelming. The 9% alcohol was covered by the uniqueness of the beer. Worth trying if you are a fan of the style. ***Re-rate: Had the 2003 version on draft recently. Very nice this year. A lot smoother than I recall from last year. The alcohol seemed to be more in the forefront than previously. Nice beer!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 So I rated this a 3.8 back in 2002 (6-5-8-3-16.) That can’t be right. This is the stout I reach for when I need a good solid sixer sitting ready for drinking. The aroma of this one is quite hoppy for an imperial stout. Sure there is a good helping of chocolate malt, caramel scents and a little smokeyness. The flavor is really balanced between the hops and the chocolaty malt. Its a balance that few imperial stouts manage to achieve, and even more impressive that its about $10 a sixer.
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a great scent and a beautiful dark color, but the flavor ends up not being quite as perfect as its look and smell promise it would be.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 As black as can be. A great head off of my pour. Noticeably thick going down. Coffee notes in the finish. A lack of bitterness that makes the flavor seem slightly sweet. Overall a wonderful stout, with a very complex flavor.