duke33 (69) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very hoppy for an imperial stout...But it's not too overpowering...in fact, it's just right. Heavy body...very heavy on the malts, and really high alcohol content.
Small to almost no head when poured. Definitely one of the best imperials out there!
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Well, there's no question that this is a Victory brew from the get-go... the glass is at arm's length as I write and I can already smell the hops! Deep raisin red-black with a lumpy, big bubbled head that sticks to the glass... note that it sticks, this is not lacing, rather an entire blanket is left on the sides of the glass. Nose is wonderful American hops! Also twinge of coffee and the obvious nice strong dark malt. Immediate bitter on the front of the tongue that fades into a sweetness and beautiful maltiness and a tiny coffee (only slight) taste. I expected this to be a little sweeter, but it is much better than anticipated for the style. Mouthfeel is full of body and nice solid carbonation, though not chewy like some stouts and imperials. This one continues to tingle on the tongue after the swallow. Very nice beer. I do believe Victory knows what they are doing!
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light for a stout. More of a porter or brown ale than stout. Great body and beautiful hop finish. Best palate I ever had. Head pours nice and beer is a deep bronze color. roasted caramel and a hint of cloves or nutmeg in the aftertaste. This beer has rifled to the top of my list. I recommend to all beer lovers around the world. I look forward to my next trip to the Ale House for another round of this gem of a beer. GET SOME! NOW...mmm mmm.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Certainly at the top of my stout list. One of the hoppier stouts that I have had. Very full flavor that fills the mouth. Drink it slow and enjoy.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Hoppy aroma with a rich malt backbone. Very black. Hops and deep malt with warming alcohol in my mouth. That is followed by an awsome hop/sweet finish. This could be a bit heavier in terms of body
I had this from a firkin at the brewpub. This beer, when cask conditioned, may just be able to tell us the meaning of life. Absolutely wonderful. Incredibly smooth. The aroma is bigger but softer at the same time. Wow. If you see this in a cask, GET IT.
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark black colour, little foam, moderate coffeish aroma, full-bodied with a strong bitterness, dry coffeish finish - one-dimensional and far below my high expectations
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee and peat aroma. Tan large frothy head that lasted the complete beer. Chocolate, coffee and nutty flavor. Mouthful and well balanced finish that was long lasting.
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 2011-01-30, bb Oct 21 2014, 1 year old, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Black color; generous brownish head. Wonderful aroma, perfectly mixing the roasted malts, cream, hops, yeast, roasted nuts, cookies, cardboard. Powerful body, but the mouthfeel is cut by the presence of heavily roasted malts; very strong flavor of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, a bit peppery; even in this shrine of roastiness the hops manage to be noticed; there is also some liquorice, light tar, minimal alcohol perception, bitter oranges tongue pricking; moderate sugar. Strong bitterness in the end, with the powerful coffee and roasted malt in evidence but not excessive. Lovely.
Black color; generous, frothy head. It has a nice aroma of hops and black malt; light soap and cheese too; dust and pepper. Strong body and strong flavor; roasted malt, mainly, with pure chocolate, and a lot of hops. Always a beautiful brew.
2009-11-10, at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Black color; big creamy, beige head. Mild aroma of roasted malt, hops, a bit cheesy, very light alcohol and wet cardboard; not strong but quite articulated. Good body strength, smooth mouthfeel, with an immediate alcohol kick; good mix of chocolate flavor, roasted malt and caramel; strong bitterness, both from hops and the roasted malt. Very powerful beer, but well balanced, and with some complex edge; excellent.
Dark brown color. Very interesting aroma (not explosive), very good mix of liquorice, malt, caramel, roasted malt, hop. Similar taste, powerful but IMO also harmonious. Strong final. Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black with a thick juicy brown head. Hoppy as can be. This beer smelt, tastes and felt like an Imperial IPA. I could believe the hops. Lovely either way. Good looking beer that drinks magnificently. Yet another happy deli treasure.
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark black beer with a THICK deep moka head which stays on forever. Lots of pacific hops with a bit of vanilla (would think this is an IPA). Wonderful sweet choclate with hops married together, roasted, alcool warmth copmes out clearly but not overbearing, almost fruity at times, very complex and excellent body.