egajdzis (5431) - Spring Mount, 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 (3578) - 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 (3376) - 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.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid oily black, thin tan head about a finger high, very fluffy and thick, fades slowly to a fluffy ring around the edge, lace in minimal super drippy spots. Aroma is quite nice with chocolate and sweet chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla, slight molasses; a refreshing bakers chocolate nose with just a hint of spice upon bigger wiffs.Taste is mild chocolate, malty darkened and sweet, not chewy, smoothly rendered, slight vanilla and molasses, roasty and semi deep toned. Pretty bold and nearly full feel, lightly creamy, with a light but favorable drying that has chocolate/cocoa and extremely light coffee notes in the finish coming in late. A nice Imperial Stout. Not as hefty or complex as some but a damn nice easy drinker.
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep, dark brown, with a dark tan head. It was huge at first, billowing out of the stout glass I poured it in. But, it faded to a generous lacing on top of the beer. Aromas of burnt malts, alcohol, and dark roast expresso coffee. Alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms up.
No hops aromas at all here, gang. Burnt sugar taste in the middle of it. Pretty potent stuff. Also pretty tasty.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
To date, this is my favorite stout. Pours near black with a beautiful dark tan head. Toasted mocha with a slight alcohol note, what a great aroma! Flavor is rich and slightly fruity ending with a mild bitterness. Weyerbachers best brew.