Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious, as with all the Victory brews... PERFECT balance between the malts and hops, high alcohol content is simply not noticeable. An incredible brew, A+.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black with a frothy, brown head. Lace is thick and gobbish. Aroma is unsweetened dark chocolate, burnt coffee and a deep ethereal roastiness. Rich full mouthfeel, redolent of alcohol soaked chocolate. Creamy smooth with a bite of floral hops which keeps my mouth swirling with flavors. Outstanding.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 This stout was so thick, it was almost chewy. Very thick roasted malt and carmel expresso taste that follows the initial almost overbearance of hops. More hops than most but not yet overhopped. Great Stout!
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and hops. Appearance is black with a firm full head. Flavor is identical to aroma but exponentially enhanced. Hops, chocolate and coffee are blended together in equal parts to perfection. I’ve enjoyed this Imperial Stout many times and as the high overall rating this stout demonstrates that this stout is among the best Imperials and can be argued best overall beer.
Not such great shit anymore.
Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Bottle - Poured a dark black brew with a huge foamy dark head. Aroma of roastiness and coffee are very present. Strong body with subtle taste of alcohol. Very complex, taste of coffee, caramel and chocolate are mix very well. One of the best Imperial Stout I had the chance of drinking.
Re-rate (2007 bottling date with best before of 2012 and drank in 2013): Wow. Almost no oxidation with enjoyable notes of chocolate and roasted malt with light oxidation notes. Has kept better then I had expected.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#452 Don Bradman's highest first-class score deserves to be commemorated with a beer like this. Jet black with a huge coffee coloured head, it is very thick. Strong chocolate aroma and flavour is of the darkest chocolate indeed with some coffee in the finish. There is also some alcohol at the end but I didn't mind. Really great, thanks Ciderguy.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
totally black and blocks light like an eclipse. dense, chocolate brown head. ripe, fruity and sweet, alcohol certainly discernable. remeniscent of port wine, leathery and rich. espresso hints. VERY complex and rich. Front is of espressoand dark chocolate, becoming more bitter and dry all the way through to a dry burnt hoppy finish. complex and intense. shortly after a sip, sweet milk chocolate becomes noticeable among the citric hop bitters, potent alcohol and rich espresso. A real pleasure.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Nearly opaque with a brown head that mostly disappears. Nice roasted aroma, with some sweeter molasses notes, and a distinctive hoppiness. Full bodied, roasty, and oily, but with a piney and resiny hop character that works quite well to create a complex and contemplative overall flavor and lingering aftertaste. My experience has been that young bottles display a more obvious hop character. A very enjoyable, unique stout.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium tan head. Dark black color. Aroma is hoppy and roasty with light chocolate and coffee overtones. Delicious and balanced flavor. Has alcohol finish that is quite warming, especially when there is 4 inches of ice covering my city so that I can't go to the store for beer. The palate is a little light for such strength, which I suppose is due to the high amount of hops. Great beer, though.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good stout. Full bodied and black. thick creamy head which suits the very smooth mouthfeel. Quite bitter, but the beer becomes more appealing when warmed. The aftertaste is pleasant, with lingering notes of the roasted malt finishing with a blend of chocolate malt sweetness and then bitterness which blends well with the distinct hop character. As it warms I detect a mocha flavor which really seperates this beer from other stouts, a bit too bitter I feel.