EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 delicious, and seems to be a great example of the style. probably the most complex imperial i've ever had. no sticky quality around the edge of the glass or overpowering alcohol taste. i'm moving to pennsylvania soon and can't wait to be closer to these guys, i've really enjoyed everything i've ever had from them
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thin, almond-colored head atop a black, completely opaque body. Smell is of sweet malt, grapes and a little bit of cocoa. Very aromatic. When the stout enters the mouth, an instantaneous burst of sweetness splashes the tongue and back of throat, then quickly becomes grapes, plums, dark chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Medium to full body feel on tongue with a silky texture. Aftertaste is gentle and easy, sweet with no alcohol burn. A very fine and complex imperial stout that caresses the taste buds instead of assaulting them.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Pours a thick black with a small brown head that mellows out pretty fast. Aroma is a nutty/coffee type aroma. Smooth, smooth and more smooth. Starts very smooth with deep coffee espresso flavor that hangs on throughout. Finish is very smooth and creamy as well. Palate is perfect. For being 9.1%, this brew is extrememly smooth and enjoyable. My only complaint is a lack of head and lacing...***********had a year old batch of this on cask at the brewery and it was probably the best beer I've had to date. I will not re-rate it, but wanted to mention that this on cask is an impeccable beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black, tan head. burnt sugar, coffee and soapy hop aroma. flavour is good, lots of mocha, caramel and hops, but this didn't knock me on my ass like it does so many. good beer either way.
Radek Kliber (6587) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 8, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 What if you join imperial stout with American Mania of Hop Heads? Answer: Storm King. That deep mahogany woody aroma blended with clean fresh hops is addictive. Chocolate is only feel between those bricks. Surprisingly mellow this stout is. Mellow, like an ancient tree. Powerful, sure of its potential yet quiet as a newcomer. Balancing of this beer is great. You love hops you got them, you love roasted malt you got them (although here is slight dent on perfect picture, here there is tiny place for improvement.) Drinkable as a best dunkel, bitter ale that got mere 3.5 %. This one is over 9. Yes. One of those beer that if have at home wont last till next day.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark. Heavy. Rich.This is my favorite stout to date. A tall, thick, foamy head that's nice and creamy on top. The taste is creamy without being overly so. A sharp bitter finish that finds it's way to the back of your throat. And let's not forget that buzz factor of 9.1% ABV! HooWa!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/ dark brown head. Robust burnt, roasty, hoppy nose. Thick, syrupy feel. Rich, roasty flavour of molasses, burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt wood, and lots of hops. Warm, alcohol laden finish.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black with a light brown head. Floral, hoppy aroma. Dry, lightly roasty with a floral hoppiness. Large bodied. Warming as it goes down. The sweetness reminded me of marshmallows. Yum.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 Color was a dark brownish red like mahogeny or dark maple syrup with a small tan head that left some lacing around the edges. Smell is faintly subtle but complex with some toffee candy, fruit, and caramel malt. Taste is complex in levels, starts out with malty sweetness with a little spice, the middle is fruity with a full, rounded body thast very soothing and smooth, the finish is slightly bitter smooth with a little spice and there is a warming dry alcohol that feels like a wetter styled wine. The feel is so smooth and silky with a light syrupy kind of hold thats charmingly subtle and clean with that nice wine-like alcohol finish. This felt and tasted like what I think would be a liquid toffee candy with a bit of sweet spice.
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 2001 Draft.
Deep black with some brown tinges. Nice, albeit thin head that actually stays around for a couple sips. Aroma is rich and strong with a nutty/malt chocolate aroma intersparsed with hops. Initial taste is pleasantly bitter, with a hoppy/roast flavor not too far off from a dark rich fruit, which soon gives way to a smooth and rich body. Like an alcoholic mashed walnut with brown sugar and roasted chocolate malt (whatever the hell that would be). It even adds a nice hops flavor towards the end of the body. The body is perfectly full, something you can’t say about many beers that claim to be full bodied. What is most enjoyable is the balance of roast that is attained with a decent hops presence. Often times, the roasted barley can be too dominating or lead to an acidic/bitter taste that is unpleasant. Hmm how could it be better? Needs a little bit more subtle finish, which does not mask the oily roast/alcohol burn/taste well enough. The initial roast/hops flavor may be a bit too pungent/sweet for the beginning of the beer. And for perfection’s sake, it could use a large thick, rich head. I am going to stop going on about this beer. It is good. Go drink some.
2003 bottle consumed September 04. Well it’s been a long time and now I have a year old bottle to try. Great flavors as I remember, chocolate, raisins, caramel as I remember with just a bit more roast and hops than Old Rasputin. Creamy mouthfeel, but this seems a bit thin?? I am definitely not one to buy in to "Bigger is better" and I strongly disagree with how the ratings for big beers are higher on this site, but this one just seems lacking after only a year. Needs some more substance to chew on and ponder. Oakes claims this stuff is best when aged and it definitely still has too much bitter alpha hops assault. Will keep aging and rerate later.
Feb 21, 2004 bottle. Drunk on 3/2/07
Retention/lacing is moderate to poor. Very muddled, hop and black malt soup flavor. Breadiness and roast are too heavy. Guess this batch didnt age too well either.