koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Under a subtle, slightly hoppy aroma hides an incredible beast! This is a powerhouse! Rich chocolate and burnt coffee beans, slightly sweet, and very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a perfect balance of rich malts and bitter hops. High alcohol content is hidden well within the complexity of this great beer. I have never been a big fan of dark stouts. But this is definitely at the top of its class.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smelled sour/musty but tasted sweet with burnt coffee after taste; nice smooth texture though made it palatable
crazyvin (1993) - New York, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
not the best imeprial stout i have had. Its has the sweet chocolatly taste of an imperial stout and a biter after taste that finished dry, almost like sierra nevada's stout
jonas (5847) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 Powerfull perfumed and herbal hop aroma together with toffee and a sour coffee and strawberry note.
Black, opaque and with a creamy brown head.
Fruity tastenotes together with burned coffee and chocolate.
The burned aspect lingers on and a delicate whiff of hops comes through now and then.
Medium body and creamy, fizzy mouthfeel which goes very well with the overall taste.
Great stout, quite different from the others I have tasted so far though.
The burned taste is a bit too prominent, but I imagine this is smoothed out by some extra lagering.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Very hoppy aroma of medium strength. Dark tan foamy head slow to develop. Velvety medium-heavy body is excellent. Smooth extremely strong hoppy flavor with roasted aspect. Nice roasted finish.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2003 This was probably the best Imperial Stout that I have ever had! Nice, crisp rich and smooth. This dark bodied brew gives a nice sharp bitter bite, wih a slight foamy head and a slightly espresso taste this is a damned fine stout. The 9.1abv is hidden nicely. Thanks to ARMed for this one.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy aroma, mild molasses notes, and a touch of chocolate and espresso. The most noticable thing once you get a mouthfull is the palate, it is more satisfying even than the complex roasty, chocolatey handfuls of flavour. Back to the palate, such a marvelously filling beer, full and thick yet not syrupy, perhaps even a hint of acid- Belgian style- tiny bubbles help this beer find it's way into all corners of your mouth. If only beers like this were more widely available, the world would be a happier place.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here's where I'm not going to be arguing with a label - says it's rich, it is, hop character, uh huh, esspreso like quality, you bet, substantial, yessir. I have become so used to over hopped product and love many super hopped beers, while as much of a pronounced hop quality as this may have it plays off the roast malts like a child with a favorite toy. Also glad that after a very warm weekend a nice chill hit the city to provide a better backdrop. Thanks once again to the beer pal of pals, hopsrus.
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 Sweet aroma. Excellent toffee head. Smooth as silk, artfully perfect blend of roastiness with floral bite. This rocks! <Rerated from my previous "early days" rating ... and I stand by it. What an incredible brew ... with the body of plasma, this thick black beer with a tan filmy top has a sharp sweet aroma. But the drink is silky smooth, elegantly balanced between bitter sweet dark chocolate, roast and java, with a tight tangy bite at the end. Spectacular!>>
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Outstanding beer! What a stout should be. Nice balance, and a great kick. Beautiful color and a nice head to it.