beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ontario's wonderful addition to the world of Impreial Stouts, this one fits the sterotype in every way except the body. I needs to be a little more substantial to take on the leaders of the pack. Coffee and chocolate get roasted together to greet the nose before being joined by a sort of subtle fruit flavour - but I couldn't quite tell what. Very dry with no hint of the alcohol to be found. Definitely worth drinking. And again.
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Viscous, opaque brown with a fine, thick, tan head. The head dissipates relatively quickly leaving a residual crown of lace. Aromas of decadent chocolate, plums, sundried dates and fresh, medium roasted coffee. The most prominent flavours are of rich, dark chocolate, nectarines, peaches in heavy syrup and subtle dark roasted malt bitterness. The finish lingers sweet and earthy.
argo0 (12120) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with small brown head that doesn't linger. Aroma is sweet coffee, some chocolate, but in no way is this beer particularly aromatic. Taste is lovely, mildly sweet, roasted coffee, light cherry, finishing moderately burnt coffee and mild alcohol. Full body.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 Posted as roughly average score of two tastings - no idea why there was such a difference in my perceptions of this beer at two different sessions.
Re-rate: 19-Mar-04: 5-3-5-2-8=2.3 Sweet bubblegum nose with some mild lactic sourness. Generally mild aroma. Dark brown with ruby highlights and thin tan head. Husky flavour dominates with plenty of burnt roastiness and a subdued sweetness. Roasty bitterness coats the tongue and does not go away. Papery flavour perhaps due to oxidation. Medium body. Bottle. Blind tasting #5.
Original rating: 9-Jan-04: 7-4-8-4-15=3.8 Roasted malt and mocha chocolate aroma. Black body with full, brown, large bubbled head that dissipates slowly. Plenty of roasted malt flavours and a nice dry taste and finish. Less sweet than your typical imperial stout but very enjoyable. Medium-full body and smooth mouthfeel. Bottle.
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Funnily enough this was my first rating on the site. And it's my first official re-rate.
15 imperials later, it needs a little tweeking. Although I can't imagine rating an Imperial stout below 3, at this point, this one in my opinion has dropped a few points.
As far as Imperial Stouts go, this one isn't that strong at 8%. Nice ammount of coffee and chocolate with a good nutty and caramel/burnt sugar flavours. Pretty, light brown, slow fading head. Salty residuals. Black Beer. Very Enjoyable and tastey. Light and higher carbonation than the norm.
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black coloured body-very oily with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, plums, roasted malt, molasses and even some port qualities. Heavy bodied; Sweet chocolate flavour up front which is transformed to a pleasantly bitter maltiness. Coffee and cherries line the palate and lead to a sweet-not bitter aftertaste. Seriously, I never imagined there to ever be an Imperial Stout that I could drink a lot of, but this is it! A potent 8%, but feels like a lot less! Overall, I was very pleased with this beer and definately reccomend it if you can find it! I owe a huge amount of thanks to DougShoemaker who gave me this 65 cL bottle at JoeyCapps' party back in September. Cheers Doug, thanks again! I sampled this bottle on 03-December-2003.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Black pour with a thick tan head. Clean in flavor with rich malty aroma. Very roasty, like a Russian Imperial Stout. Well balanced bitterness. Very enjoyable.Thanks to Lubiere.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Black pour with a thick tan head. Rich malty aroma with a big roast tone. Nice RIS roasty flavor with a balanced malt bitterness, just the way I make my own. Outstanding beer. thanks to Lubiere.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chocolate color to it with a muddy head. Strange aroma that is more on the butterscotch malty side. Same deal with the flavor only more molasses and caramel and stuff like that.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The black body of this brew is topped by a medium thick, brown head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, malty and full of caramel notes with a slight roastiness. The aroma reminds me more of a dopplebock than an imperial stout. The malt flavor is slightly sweet and roasty with notes of caramel. Full bodied and slightly dry.