brownaler (512) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Re-rate: OK, this is a little bit better than I rememberd. Has the smoky aroma and great balance of milkiness and malt.
Have to rate this baby before it gets too damn hot. Large tan head with fine bubbles and pitch black body. A grainy malt flavor in front and a velvety chocolate finish. Very nice, but I think I prefer Old Rasputin.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 Average initial head that dissipates quickly. Under this lies a completely opaque black stout. Not too much lacing but small traces of foam hold the edges. Nose is very sweet with chocolate hitting me first followed by some coffee-malty-ness. The taste is sooo great. It is bitter like bakers chocolate, but the hops really don’t overwhelm. There is a slight taste of burnt bread, but even this is very pleasant. It was extremely drinkable with almost no trace of alcohol, more less 9.1 percent of it! The end is predominantly coffee like. My first Imperial Stout.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is why I think it is best to rate a beer after having a number of different experiences with it if possible. This past summer I had one from Nov '02 while I was sitting on the deck with a beautiful evening breeze. It was aged 8 months allowing the hops to mellow perfectly and the bold bittersweet chocolate malt coupled with the undetectable abv (along with the environment) created a heady tingly sensation. It was beervana. Since then I have had a bunch aged and young. All wonderful but none reaching the height of that experience. So yes I do believe circumstances effect ratings. That night was a 5. My rating here represents a more objective mean.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a bargain. A great stout with a little hop kick. It's not lacking anything.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 bottling-aged over a year-Very lovely dark black color-seems totally opaque. After one year, still a solid hop backbone and a lovely roasty flavor with coffee and dark chocolate. Still seems to have the ability to age a few more years.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours almost black, very minor dark brown highlights.   Small tannish head with decent lacing.   Large roasted aroma as well as some hop tones.   Very rich flavor, large amounts of roasted malts and some of that aformentioned Pacific Northwest hop.   Smooth mouthfeel, slightly hoppy finish.   Definately one of the better Imperial Stouts I've had.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Pitch black, no tar-black, no black as the pit in Lucifer's heart, pick your favorite or, please, choose your own, adorned with w thick, bubbly, cocoa-tan head, a solid inch to begin, very slow to crumble down, a perfect stoutish appearance.
Aroma; dark and rich, with many flavors intertwining: dark rum, mollasses, pepper, anise, ohl so, heady and delightful and intoxicating, just from the whiff of it! Beautifully burnished, cognac-y, with a deep, delirious, leathery quality, and leaves one aching for more.
Taste: full mouthfeel, thick, palpable, with tastes of chocolate and coffee, paired with those tastes noted from the nose, delciously roasty, awash in caramel-y, toffee-ish sweetness, a great mix of dark delights, and again, with every sip, a warm, thick, charcoal-y texture on the palate, rich and delcious. Wow, ...so tasty, so perfect... one of the best American Imperial Stouts, by quite a longshot!
Crit (3779) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Black with good brown head. Nose is roasty,chocolate & citrus, all at the same time.. Huge roasty espresso profile,well hopped,long bitter finish with a light alcohol heat.Chewy and complex. This is great stuff!!
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark black with a rich and foamy tan head that leaves great glass lacing. Rich coffee aroma mixed with a roasted undertone. Initial taste of roasted coffee and chocolate with a slight hoppy bite underneath. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and warm finish.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black body with a short-lived light brown head. Dark bread, raisins, spruce, and coffee are comprise the appetizing aroma. I get three elements of flavor: coffee, biscuit, and spicy hops. The biscuity flavor is just barley there, it acts to temper the roasted malt flavors. The finish is quite hoppy, there's citrus and then almost peppery hops. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, I would have liked a richer feel to better compliment the rich flavors. Otherwise an intense, flavorful and very enjoyable beer.