softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Imp. stouts I have tasted. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, deep roasted malt notes. This brew smells great. Not to mention itís taste which is very smooth and balanced nicely with just a bit of sweetness to finish.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thin, brownish head sitting atop the deep black body of beauty. Mellow sweet caramel scent. When tasted there is some more sweet caramell that is nicely balanced with a sort of coffee bitterness. On the end there is a tangy sweet bitterness. Quite a good brew. Iíf Iíd known it was 9.1% ABV, I probably wouldnít have drank the whole sixer. Yeah, right.
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shine a maglite into a pint of guinness and it shows that it is truly ruby colored. Shine the same maglite into a stormking and you will find out that it is evil and eats the light and youíll check to make sure that itís on. Dark brown head on a black beer. Smells of smoke, malt and alcohol, complex flavor,. Bitterness, but not from hops, more from the burnt roast grain that goes into this beer. This is a great beer, my favorite imperial stout, but Iíve yet to try stoneís.
IFearNoBeer (15) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
NICE. This is one serious stout, very thick and a striking aftertaste rich in coffee/chocolate. Man, this sfuff really surprised me.. right up there with one of my other favorites, Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout.. this is probably even better.. more complex. Sam Smith stouts are good, but I hate sweet stouts, this is a keeper!
mribm (445) - Hurley, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2003 Bottled. Poured dark black with a nice creamy tan head. I smelled chocolate and coffee and tasted more of the same. Then the finish was a lot more chocolate drowned in hops. It was absolutely DELICIOUS! I tried this in the summer, however this would be a GREAT winter warmer! I will be drinking it this winter and every winter to come.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iíve enjoyed this monstrous ale over several yearsí efforts. The hops have been increased a bit of late; much more than 1998 or 1999. Initially, the case bottled in 2001 had a faint green apple presence, which has faded nicely over the past 8 months. This is all thatís kept this from a flat out í5í.
All of the pieces are here: coffee, subtle chocolate, great hearty mouth-feel and amazingly well-hidden alcohol. Proceed with caution, this brew strikes without warning.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 (Rerate) All black, nice brown head with a decent lace. Nose of roasted malt/grains, coffee, fruity (maybe subtle blackberry) and loads of cascades. Medium bodied, fairtly rich, incredibly smooth with loads of flavor. Huge roasted malt profile, licorice, lots of coffee bitternesss and dark fruity tastes. This is all without mentioning the huge piney hop presence that detracts a bit but subsides as it warms. Never would guess the strength of this badboy. Awesome Imperial, although done a little differently. After a year in cellar, hops mellow out and the malt complexities explode.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark,roasty,full bodied...I wish it was available where i live.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a little rough on the first sip, but still and VERY nice stout
KegMan99 (3) - USA - JUL 25, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is great. One of the few beers a enjoy drinking cask conditioned. Not a big ale drinker, but this beer is great.