jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 2011-10-16. Black body, small tan head fades quickly. 3+ Flavour is fairly dry mild roast, over a sweeter dark malt core. Light bitterness, mild dry coffee like roast lingers into the finish. Roast and mild cocoa in the aftertaste grows as you go. Aroma is mild at first, mild roast, light metallic touch? 6+ Smooth medium body is lightly carbonated but feels light for the beer. Decent, but not really loving it. 7/3/7/3/14 Bottle aged about 9 months, from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
2002-12-XX. Dark black colour, with deep chocolate coloured head. Powerful coffee aroma. Cofee or espresso bitterness with a tart/bitter finish and aftertaste that I did not appreciate. 5/4/6/3/12 - 3.0 Bottle, shared at Oakes’ Ratebeer Christmas Party
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby-dark brown appearance with a Large creamy tan head. Dark Chocolate and mild coffee aromas enticed my mouth which suprisingly light body.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ive had ths bottle for prolly almost a year or somethin. Deep dark brown/black. Thick, creamy, fluffy tan head. Roasty, coffee, chocolate nose. First thing I notice is the light, velvety body. Roasty malts, chocolate fudge brownie, espresso, vanilla, meium bodied, finishing with a rosty, coffee like bitter finish, subtle hops. This is very delicious, not overly hopped, not 14% alcohol...AWESOME!
egajdzis (5456) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an opaque black color with a very dark tan head and some lacing. Aroma of hops, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffe and chocolate. Predominant coffee and chocolate taste with a slight alcohol backbone. Full mouthfeel.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured dark sable, opaque and thick with a large brown head that lingered delightfully. Aroma is burnt malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, hints of cherries, and figs. Flavor is both cloyingly sweet and sharply bitter - nicely balanced with a strong alcohol warming and mildly astringent, charcoal finish. Thick body, lightly carbonated. Nice Imperial Stout - my only objection is the "Old" in the name for a stout rather than a barley wine. But I guess I'm just being a fuddy-duddy traditionalist...
jsquire (3613) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark beer out of the bottle with only deep garnet colors noticable when held up to the light. Oil slick of a head with a brown ring of foam. Dusty bitter chocolate and roast coffee nose. Lots of bitter chocolate in the taste and a bitter that reminds me of chewing roasted coffee beans. I get a hint of orange liquer and balloon rubber, but mostly chocolate. Bitter, dry finish.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured as black as coal with a large tan head, which dissipated quickly and left no lacing at all. A little chocolate came through in the nose. The taste was of a watery chocolate with a taste of alcohol. Less flavor and more wateriness then I was expecting. It was good, but I've had better.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beauty with a tall tan head that goes away too quickly. Nose is faint, chocolate roastiness. Damn, mouthfeel leaves me wanting more. It's a bit thin (I just drank an Expedition, prior), vinous and slightly tart. Thin watery chocolate and a bit of hops at the back of the tongue. Major disappointment, as I thought this was going to be a mammoth beer. Roastiness and bitterness in the aftertaste, alcohol is well hidden.
Ellbert (7) - USA - NOV 1, 2003 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was dissapointed in the appearance of this brew. It poured a beautiful color, nice pitch black. The bad thing was there was almost no head. It was there and gone. The bubles sounded like soda pop. There was also very little lace.
The smell was very sweet, a little spice was in there also a little molasses.
Taste was good. A little less robust than I am used to in Imperial Stouts. Lots of burnt goodness. This leaves your mouth fairly dry which isn't desireable to me.
Mouthfeel is a little thin in this beer. A little watery characteristic to it. Also the carbonation is a little to harsh for an Imperial Stout.
Overall this beer is fairly good. I could have this as a session beer however there are more beers I would rather have. Alcohol doesn't show itself much either.
Kinz (3378) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, a bit oily, decent tan head. Nose of chocolate liquor. Surprisingly light palate considering the aroma and appearance. Flavors of Peachtree Schnapps filled chocolate candies, followed by a chaser of Ethiopian coffee. Lighter than expected, not as complex as I had hoped for, but very tasty.