jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Very hoppy aroma of medium strength. Dark tan foamy head slow to develop. Velvety medium-heavy body is excellent. Smooth extremely strong hoppy flavor with roasted aspect. Nice roasted finish.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2003 This was probably the best Imperial Stout that I have ever had! Nice, crisp rich and smooth. This dark bodied brew gives a nice sharp bitter bite, wih a slight foamy head and a slightly espresso taste this is a damned fine stout. The 9.1abv is hidden nicely. Thanks to ARMed for this one.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy aroma, mild molasses notes, and a touch of chocolate and espresso. The most noticable thing once you get a mouthfull is the palate, it is more satisfying even than the complex roasty, chocolatey handfuls of flavour. Back to the palate, such a marvelously filling beer, full and thick yet not syrupy, perhaps even a hint of acid- Belgian style- tiny bubbles help this beer find it's way into all corners of your mouth. If only beers like this were more widely available, the world would be a happier place.
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here's where I'm not going to be arguing with a label - says it's rich, it is, hop character, uh huh, esspreso like quality, you bet, substantial, yessir. I have become so used to over hopped product and love many super hopped beers, while as much of a pronounced hop quality as this may have it plays off the roast malts like a child with a favorite toy. Also glad that after a very warm weekend a nice chill hit the city to provide a better backdrop. Thanks once again to the beer pal of pals, hopsrus.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 Sweet aroma. Excellent toffee head. Smooth as silk, artfully perfect blend of roastiness with floral bite. This rocks! <Rerated from my previous "early days" rating ... and I stand by it. What an incredible brew ... with the body of plasma, this thick black beer with a tan filmy top has a sharp sweet aroma. But the drink is silky smooth, elegantly balanced between bitter sweet dark chocolate, roast and java, with a tight tangy bite at the end. Spectacular!>>
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Outstanding beer! What a stout should be. Nice balance, and a great kick. Beautiful color and a nice head to it.
sntckr (6) - Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! A great beer. Poured thick and very dark, with medium mocha head. Aroma is somewhat light for as many ingredients must be poured into this beer. Have sampled this beer at varying temps. The complexity of flavors is very distinct/intense at less cold temps--coffee, chocolate, malt, and hops. Errs towards the sweet side on the front end but the hops catch up with it. I am not looking forward to this going "out of season"
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Victory - My first impression of both taste and aroma - WOW, that's a hoppy stout. By far the most unique stout I've had. Phenominal flavor. Chocolate & hop aroma. 9.1% ABV - Wow, doesn't taste like it.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black colour with a decent brownish head. Excellent aroma with some huge hoppy notes on top of the roasted malt. Unfortunately, I don't really appreciate the typical Northwestern American hoppiness (Cascade?) in the roasted imperial stout flavour. Still, a very complex beer.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 A wonderfully complex beer. Pours very dark and forms a medium head, with a fair amount of lacing. Hints of chocolate. Good amount of roasted flavor. Big hop character that balances out the malts nicely. Has a nice warming alcohol feel, but hides the alcohol taste very well.
Re rate: Still quite nice, but not what I remembered. Nice dark fruits, roast and lots of hops. Very nice but I’ll have to take it down a few notches.