JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Dark in color and has aroma of hops. Iíve got to admit that Iím a big hops fan and this beer really tickled my fancy. I taste both the hops and the roast malt, its a complex brew. Itís very different than I expected, Iíve had IPAs that I couldnít taste the hops like this one. Itís an excellent brew, Iím going to have to hound the local distributor to bring it in.
hieronim (15) - Schenectady, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great stout. Very strong. Heavy. Delicious. Warming. Try!
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 10-02-02..Snow fell in my town today, streets covered with ice and snow,it is Winter time, and it is time for a top quality Imperial Stout. Poured with little head, dark, with the least amount of deep dark ruby that could only be seen as it poured from the bottle in to the glass. Aroma is stronger hops than other Imperialís I have had,Roasted malt, toasty,. Now this is extremely hoppy, different, and complex, very warming. I can see why this one is rated so highly, it is a Winner and Highly Recommended !
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of deep dark fruit, coffee and roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Complex and wonderul. Big black beer. Small brown head. Medium-high carb and light-medium watery body. Bitterness in taste, deep roasted malts. Coffee and bitter chocolate. Hint of hoppy/fruity sourness (too much light??). Nutty bitter finish and after - not as pleasing as I had hoped. A good imperial but needed a little more sweetness for me to balance out the sourness.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark, a roasted smoky hoppy/malty mix for taste with a smoky chocolate toffee smell with a punch a great beer.
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 Nice dense head although not a lot of it. Nice dark roasted color and taste. Light has trouble penetrating this brew. Alcohol is perceptable but not overwelming. One of the best stouts out there. Cool name too. Worth the time and effort.
Ok, I rated this brew very early on in my Ratebeer history and am pretty embarassed about the rating. I just cracked open an Oct 09, 03 brew that was aging gracefully in my basement for 3 years. Thick very large head of very fine and dense bubbles. Settles slowly with a thick sheet of lacing left behind. Roasty and alcoholic aroma with loads of dark malts, molasses, and prunes. Very rich. Color is black as tar. Big carbonation from the pour but seems a little flat in the mouth. Thick and rich with a nice alcoholic warming but yet it is very subtle. Slightly dry with some bittersweet chocolate. Not much in the way of coffee notes. Finish is creamy and incredible smooth. Does not seem to have gotten very complex with age though. Still a damn fine brew!
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2003 Rerate. A little sour this time around. Very acidic and not as smooth as the last bottle. Very well balanced with full body. Roasty. Hoppy. My time at the internet cafe is up so I'll add more comments later.
sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth, nice roast malt flavor, good hoppiness. Great body.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have never been a big fan of Stouts, but this is a horse of a different color. Hugh thick malty head. Aroma of malted milk and a light hop. The taste is the best! A good dark roasted flavor with big hops taste. The hops is a mellow strong hops not a big green fresh hops. Just they way I like my hops. I think this will become a standard in my fridge.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2003 Another Update: This beer seems to depend upon the batch. 9/02 was unbelievably hoppy, and the basis of the high rating. THe 11/02 and 3/03 batches just don't have that wonderful hoppiness. I will keep my rating as it is, however.
Update: Was amazed how well this one kept its intense hop flavor after six months in the bottle. Never disappoints. My go-to Imperial. Old: HighGravity provided me with a 6-day old sample of this. Astounding hop character to be savored. Incredibly smooth, even light palate for such hefty roasted malt. Never cloying and provides a 1/2 hour finish. I consider this the best 'big' beer I've had. I would anticipate that the malt flavors become a little more differentiated with age.