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.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark colored with a dark halo'd head..malty & sugary, and sweet, and chocolate and even bitter at times..
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque thick oil pour with a medium creamy tan head. More of a vinous aroma than any coffee or chocolate. Bitter coffee taste throughout until the last 2 sips which were smooth, creamy, and had some chocolate notes, if only the whole beer was like the end.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted this from a bottle. Can't wait to try it on tap. Rich earthy flavour. Chocolate and bitter coffee undertones. After taste is almost identical to '85% cocoa' chocolate. Doesn't taste as strong as I thought it would be having an 8% alcohol content. Finishes dry.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep chocolate with dark walnut highlights. Settling light caramel foam. Salty aroma paired with sharp malts, vinous alcohol, milk chocolate, and ink. Vaguely toasty and plummish with traces of nuts, cedar, toffee, and phenols. Soft, milky, and medium-bodied. Tingly roasted malts and a black cherry twang are pursued by blips of fudge and rum. Slightly grainy malts. Finishes with a toasted malt tease along with chalky black malts, cardboard, and pale malts. Without a doubt, it’s intensely roasty and vinous, but it falls apart as it sits and it also lacks robustness. Fairly good.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black. Nice looking large,tan,head. Leaves nice ring,good lace. Clean,fruity,roasty, aroma. Some vanilla,chocolate, and hops. Mouthfeel is silky,gains thickness as it warms. Very creamy and soft. Flavors are fruity,roasty...little chocolate,caramel, and vanilla.Finish is roasty,and bittersweet. Some alcohol presence for a 8% beer. Loses body towards the end. Pretty good Imperial though,Thanks Mr. K
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black colour, 2 shades of brown head, nice roasted coffee aroma with a hint of alcohol but becomes thin after a while. Silky mouthfeel, chocolate/coffee flavor, good hops presence but the alcohol isn't sybtle enough. A bit of a metallic taste developps after a while. The flavours don't blend together too well. Maybe a bit of aging could help. Thanks Capflu!
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 (1114) - 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 (2408) - 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