steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
november 2003 bottle: light creme texture, sweet coco flavor then bitter and tart coffee aftertaste. reminds me of guinness, but this gives me more flavor and character. i like it.
CapFlu (5047) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 (Bottle) Thin, dissipating head and opaque body. Minute, white flakes. Strong coffee and cocoa malt nose. Initially tart which a whipping coffee taste bringing you into a lasting bitter chocolate finish. Excellent. Many thanks to Hopscotch for the hook-up... (4.1/5) UPDATE: Pours a brown head and a opaque body. Nose of cascade hops. Creamy, smooth and oily. Bitter hop finish. Likely the worst of the evening! (3.1/5)
Trumpy (4) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite stout I have come across. I love it. Its a bit hard to find though. I like it a little more than alesmith speedway. This is a very thick beer, and you wouldnt know the strong alcohol content unless you read the label.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good american micro version of an imperial stout. I personally prefer the english version which does not use near as much hops. Sam Smith's is the classic version to me since it was originally brewed by an english brewer for the russian czars. I think that Sam's is a more acurate version of what was made back in the 1800's.
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Black with a big brown head. Smells of coffee, scotch and milk, but dominated by a moldy and unpolished grassy hop nose. Big thick & smoky chocolate malt flavor with big scratching hops thoughout. Disgusting almost, doesn’t even resemble an imperial stout.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color. Head didn't last long but lacing did. A bit fruity in aroma. Alcohol very well masked. Great stuff.
raymow (1290) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent stout! Dark black in color with a reddish head that quickly dissipates. Great flavor - I'll have another!
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark with a nice milky brownish head. Complex flavors with a burnt malt finish. Leaves you with the feeling you just had a strong coffee or espresso. Damn good beer.
tripeldubbel (2) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In my book, the best American Imperial Stout. If you've only tried it fresh, I suggest aging a few in your cellar. The coffee notes become much more distinct as well as the hops. It's a complex stout with alot going on, but not so much that you're confused as to what they were going for. The roasted malt and chocolate hints are second only to Sammy Smith's Imperial. If you're a real stout fan, and haven't had this, you'll be a stout lover when you do try it.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 New batch, bottled 11/11/04, making this bottle 12 days old. This is as fresh as, yet better than Bud. In response to latest thread about SK being overated. Duvel tulip for maximum enjoyment. Aroma of fresh hops dominates the aroma. I can pick out the malt underneath, and the two components mesh together in a smooth melody. Flavor has a ton of hops in it as well. The malt is not sweet and sticky, but smooth and round, amost like a dark chocolate pudding. Massive fresh hops lingers on your palate. Let me tell you, this is a complex and fun beer as is. If you really think about it, the argument can be made that it is essentially a black IIPA, with all these hops. Intimidating to many a wuss out there who complains that this is overated. Like the morons who say Arrogant Bastard is overated. I just think that those peeps should just shut up and drink more beer. Eventually they will come to appreciate such masterpieces as this.And along those lines I must up my overall from a 16 to an 18. Long live storm King. Long live Victory. I wonder if any of you morons out there will ever actually read this? If so, please beermail me so that I can have some satisfaction.
Tap at the brewery. Hoppy chocolate aroma. Big roasty hop flavor. Well balanced and big. Much better than bottle. Bottled 10/09/03. Still just a baby. Pours black with a tan head. Hoppy aroma, with yeasty notes. Hops dominate the big malt. Hard to pick out the darker malt flavors. Obviously, needs to be cellared for a while and re-rated. Looking forward to it, too.