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 (8106) - 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!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GOod opaque color with a half inch tan head which leaves a thin lace behind. Thick coffee and black malt aroma with a touch of floral hoppiness. Body is full of bitter dry coffee, light smoke and some sweetness toward the finish. Doesn't have the dark fruit complexity I like in imperial stouts. Flavor almost borders on charred grain and the body is a little thin for an imperial. Hides its alcohol well though.
hopscotch (9738) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
Pours black and thick! If there's a color involved in this beer, it was not revealed to me even under very bright light. Big, well-tanned, creamy head with great lacework.
The aroma is awesome! Fruit, dark chocolate, cherries, alcohol, vanilla, espresso and light smoke.
The flavor is rich and heavy with darkly roasted malt...Tons of malt! Moderately bitter with blasts of cocoa, espresso, vanilla, smoke and berries.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Long, grassy, bitter, fairly dry finish. A world class stout! Thanks go out to radiomgb for sending this excellent brew my way!
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black. Brown coloured head. The head is not retained well in the glass and quickly disolves. Tangy, sweet, burnt scent. Hint of coffee. Taste is complex. Malty taste, sweet with coffee overtones. Slight alcohol taste but very very deep and satisying.
jsquire (3594) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark beer with a foamy brown head. The aroma really reminded me of grape pop for some reason. Dark molasses sweetness and a simple yet complete flavor profile. Little bitterness, but enough to balance this beer nicely.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee aroma. Mix of both chocolate and coffee favor. Dark color. Medium to thin body for the style. Good Imperial