TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Started good from the pour. Then I tasted it. Kinda bland. No aftertaste to help with the McDonalds it's washing down.
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Under a subtle, slightly hoppy aroma hides an incredible beast! This is a powerhouse! Rich chocolate and burnt coffee beans, slightly sweet, and very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a perfect balance of rich malts and bitter hops. High alcohol content is hidden well within the complexity of this great beer. I have never been a big fan of dark stouts. But this is definitely at the top of its class.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smelled sour/musty but tasted sweet with burnt coffee after taste; nice smooth texture though made it palatable
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
not the best imeprial stout i have had. Its has the sweet chocolatly taste of an imperial stout and a biter after taste that finished dry, almost like sierra nevada's stout
jonas (6405) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2015 Rerate from tap at tap-house Munich. Fairly heavy on the roast and licorice bitter lemon fruitiness, dry licorice root notes, my tastes might have changed, by now I don’t find it to be harmonic And in balance. It is fine on the palate, but the super dry bitter aftertaste is grating. If you have to think about whether you want to take another sip it is not a good beer.
Old rating: 9 5 9 3 17
Powerfull perfumed and herbal hop aroma together with toffee and a sour coffee and strawberry note.
Black, opaque and with a creamy brown head.
Fruity tastenotes together with burned coffee and chocolate.
The burned aspect lingers on and a delicate whiff of hops comes through now and then.
Medium body and creamy, fizzy mouthfeel which goes very well with the overall taste.
Great stout, quite different from the others I have tasted so far though.
The burned taste is a bit too prominent, but I imagine this is smoothed out by some extra lagering.
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 (1450) - 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 (6113) - 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!>>