jgb9348 (5231) - 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.
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 (2526) - 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