Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
- deep, dark brownish/black color, roasted malt, burnt aroma, nice hop aroma as well, a bit of a fruity bouquet is also present; burnt and highly roasted flavor, a bit dry with a light fruitiness that mixes well with the hoppiness, tiny hints of coffee/espresso also present in the flavor, nicely textured and rich with a delicate touch that emerges from the complexity of the beer and its flavors
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Hugely hoppy! This is quite a difference from some imperial stouts (namely, Expedition Stout, or even Founders Imperial Stout). The beer quickly takes on a rich, malty, roasted flavor after the initial hop bitterness. A very tasty concoction; a semi-divine nectar, if you will.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh my beautiful friend...how we shall dance circles through the moonlight and run circles around jupiters moon's. Heaven hath graced thee with the nectar of a thousand women. This one poured a blackened blackeny black out of the bottle and into my glass with a black hue covered by absolutely no head..leaving, well....blackness...mmmmm. The aroma is that of coffee, chocolate and hops. Wonderful carbonation level when its cold as it warms up...tickling, prickling bubbles, ingrain this burnt roasty chocolate, coffee, hoppy, bitter, buttery, oily, darkness into the palate. Splish and splash it around..there's not alcohol to be found here, only heavenly bliss. Strong dry and bitter ending, total NW hop style. Its a kicker though because its knocking on the door right after dinner. A gorgeous beer that deserves to be had right next to a gorgeous woman...but ill take half of that combination..yes i will.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Northwest hoppiness jumps out and grab the nose, after a while, velvety chocolate creme brule' plus some coffee and thick malts start to take foot. As with the nose the first thing to grab my attention in the mouth is the hoppiness, quite different for the style IMO, Coffee and dark chocolate come into the picture. Finish is full of dark chocolat bitterness with an uderlying herbal quality. Simple but potent mixture. Very solid, very nice.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Very black with a thick brown head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted coffee and hop flavor. Burnt dark chocolate finish. I can’t taste any alcohol at all.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Everything's done right here--great black color, thin caramel head. Aroma is slightly dull for what it is (even after it warmed more) but the flavor was tempered and balanced--dry, slightly bitter chocolate, hint of smoke, deep roasted flavors. I do agree it is a bit on the hop side of things, which I'm not as much of a fan of. Oily, easy drinking, good palate. If this were the only beer I could drink, I would complain, though I would miss the slightly better interpretations of the Imperial Stout as well.
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color. Small head. Aroma is roasted malt, slightly chocolate. Full bodied stout. Big roasted malt flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavor. Kind of hoppy for an Imperial Stout. Very robust flavor. Smooth taste, slightly dry. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely opaquely black in colour with a thin brown head. Small bubbles appear on part of the glass at certain areas. Fantastic smell with a hint of hops, malt and sweetness. Smells almost like heaven. Full-bodied taste with a great chocolate taste and many different 'roasted' tones. A full malt taste with a subtle amount of hops throughout the taste. A great overall beer, definately worth picking up if you are in the mid-atlantic -- noting it is much more reasonable in price than other imperials, such as Samuel Smiths, etc.
ARMed (603) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Too bad this was the last beer I drank on my recent pilgrimage to Victory brewpub. Very smooth and tasty. Chocolately base with a smokey overtone. Dark and rich with a nice punch. Alcohol is hidden at first but soon becomes morte and more evident as you finish the pint. Nice aromatic sense abounds this beer. Wish I drank this as my first beer rather than my last.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours extremely dark, with a brown, slow-forming but emphatic head. Nose shows a little age (raisiny), along with some roast and a little too citrusy a hop.
Initial sweet flavor quickly overcome by combined bite of hops and roast malt. A very dry imperial stout. Hop flavor unfortunately too pronounced, and somewhat off target