loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sharp cocoa, bitter, alcohol aroma. At times it actually smelled like dirty diapers to me! The flavor was full of bitterness and alcohol...very strong tasting beer. There were tones of licorice, tobacco, chocolate, and wood in the flavor as well.
jonpop99 (2) - USA - NOV 21, 2002 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolatey espresso goodness! Nice pour and great warm aroma.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): Big hops, some chocolate, burnt. Mouthfeel feels a little thinner than you’d expect from the well formed head.
<P>It seems that the trip in the mail may have done a little harm to the beers in the package this beer came in because it and 2 others seemed a little light on the head. Still, this slight defect did little to detract from the quality of the beer. Huge roasty, burnt malt hits the nose strongly hinting of coffee with lighter hints of caramel. The flavor pops your taste buds with more coffee, and caramel. Very rich and a bit sweet. The palate is a bit grainy, but still creamy without being to heavy. My first experience with the imperial stout has been a good one.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral citrus hop aroma doesn’t seem to make sense at first coming from the purple black liquid without head. Huge roasted nuts and bitter chocolate shock the palate - just the opposite of what to expect from the hop aroma. The finish comes full circle and the sweet floral hops linger. An interesting and intriguing imperial stout, well done.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer approaches near perfection, albeit if you’re a hop head desiring a nice stout. Aroma is more hops than anything else. Taste consists of more hops, cocoa & lightly toasted malts. This beer pours extremely well out of the bottle too.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another winner from Victory. Bottled on 10-25-02. Thanks to urbnhautebourg for hooking me up with this one! Being a Stoutie I was really looking forward to this one and I was not let down. I was reminded of a cold cup of coffee as I poured, it was that color. Aroma of coffee, dried fruit and chocolate. Wood-burned flavor of malt, alcohol and espresso kept my interest throughout. I’d like to try a bottle that has aged a bit next time, because I have the feeling it would be even better. Thanks to Victory for living up to their name again!
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark ruby to black in color. Full bodied. Hints of coffee. Roasted flavor. DELICIOUS. The best Imperial stout to date.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - NOV 9, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very impressive brew. Has a good mix of coffee and chocolate. Definitely worth every cent. ;)
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2003 A revisiting of this Imperial Stout has shown me that I have rated this too high. I can't really explain it all that well, but while I'm a big fan of over the top, thick, rich beers, this one just doesn't do it for me. Massive hops, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate and warming alcohol all sound good to me, but here, I'm not sure it messes the way it should. Still enjoyable but a bit overrated in my books. At least this time around...
4.2 It's pretty think and certainly black. Not much head, and what's there quickly disappears. Aroma is made up of an astounding amount of cascade hops. Underneath, hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit can be found, with a light touch of alcohol. A nice rich, full flavor is found, mostly of espresso moving through to a hoppy bitterness. It took me a couple of these to find my way past the hops. Come to find out I was past it in the beginning, but I wouldn't let myself be. Very pleasant and drinkable. I'm really glad I have 10 more.