DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BLACK colour, frothy, thick head, lace, superb hold too. Coffee notes (i.e. definite malt roastyness), burnt caramel, oily sweetness... where's the alcohol? Initial fruit bite increases with warming ... delightful big beer, very mellow... although not overly complex. Great in a Welly glass!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didnt like this as much as Chad and Joe did at this tasting. I thought it was a good beer, but to me, it tasted like an imperial you would get at any old American brewpub. Smelled like coffee. Appearance of coca cola, dark with red edges. Taste was very typical for an imperial....coffee, nuts, fruits....nothng gave it exceptional character though....just boring and uneventful IMO.
joet (2207) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
some pale fruit flavors of plum and raisin, earthy and herbal components, hmmm... it's tasting less imperial, it's off dry some light molasses, light medium body, some anise, it's just slightly weak for the style, some maple, it's slow to warm up but spectacular
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was having a hard time tuning out the negative comments of my fellow tasters. Not that they were all so far of the mark - caling it thin, boring and worse. I didn't think it was all to thin. Had a nice malt profile. But it sure didn't have just a whole lot going for it. I generally think of Imperials as being a real experience. This was a yawn in that respect. If Chad will go back and pick up another bottle I promise I will re-rate ;^)
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black, small tan head. Excellent and P-U-R-E coffee aroma. Very rich and well-done; reminds me of a Bell's Expedition Stout but without as much fruity undertones. Thick and satisfying mouthfeel. Quite nice!
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Opaque brown black with medium tan head. Aroma is primarily medium roasted malt bitter with hints of something medicinal and fruity. Body is thinnish but reasonably mouth filling. Flavours are strong raw bitter roasted malt with hints of turpentine, boot polish and wood shavings. These are all at least interesting enough until the burnt charcoal aftertaste which really lets this beer down.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2003
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very dark with a light brown creamy head. AStrong chocolade aroma. Roasted malt and choclade taste. The aftertaste is more burned than roasted. Not a well balanced beer.
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 December 2005 Bottle. Black body with a big tan head. (3+) Lots of burnt roast and a healthy dose of dark chocolate. Flavour is pretty dry with lots of roasty malt, lots of dark chocolate malt. Medium bodied palate. 7/3+/8/4/15-16 <P>
August 2003 Bottle. Big roasty aroma, medium tan head, very smooth body and mouthfeel. Slight bitterness. In the top 2 or 3 stouts I have had so far. (Albeit that’s not many.) 7/4/8/4/17
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Molasses!!! Has the aroma of the sticky grain mix my aunt used to feed her Morgan horses when I was a kid. Corn, molasses, smoke, wood. Looks like an Imperial Stout, and pretty refreshing for one, in a weird way. Smooth, round flavor, and not sweet. Interesting.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very interesting Impy, I think - strong bitter coffee and alch when cold, warms to a real roasty bitterness that is just softly rounded by fruit - less fruit then others? Yes. Alcohol completely disappears as it warms which is almost unique in my experience with Imperials. Hmmmm...interesting. I like the roasted blasts.... A hair chewier than Bear Republic's big one, and a slightly different sweetess, but not altogether that different. Thanks Jeff!