MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black. Head pours thick in sheets of little bubbles, eventually settling to a thick, mocha colored topper. Nose pretty restrained, not too roasty. Some molasses and sweetness, the combination gives a cola tint to the nose. A bit of chocolate. Tastes "dark", plums, molasses, faint bitter chocolate. Not particularly roasty, a surprise for the style, but definitely has a heft to it. Oily and a bit vinous. Quite hoppy at the end. Suffers in comparison to the great Imperial Stouts, but most things do. Still quite good.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque very dark brown color w/ a milk chocolate brown head, but the head doesn't stick around long. Immediate roasty and chocolate aromas, though chocolate is more apparent when it warms. Plum and raisin are very faint at best and there are also vanilla, caramel, diacetyl, and alcohol in the nose when it warms. Flavor mimics the initial nose with the roast and chocolate malt and the fruitiness is almost unheard from; sourness from dark grains and diacetyl make itself apparent and it's well balanced, but maybe a little too well for an R.I.S., vanilla and a hop flavored, dry, roasty bitterness. Moderate carbonation but the medium light body is not full enough, it seems almost watery for an R.I.S.; Alcohol is warming and smooth otherwise. Seems a little more of a "Robust" robust porter than an R.I.S. Very good beer, but is just seems to lack a little complextity to be a true R.I.S. Maybe even an American Imperial Stout?!!!!
haukur (1309) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 I'm not a stout fan, and this for me was not good. Reminded me of oil and the aroma was smoky. Taste reminded me of gas stations.. definetly not my style [edit 9-16-04] since I´ve developed quite the taste and appreciaton for imperial stouts I´m desperate to rerate this whenever I get the chance
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My god, this is special. Thick tar and smoky smell and taste, along with a little hops laced with the aftertaste. Not really my type.
Silphium (3173) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An imperial that pours like Anchor Porter, with a similar, sweet malty aroma. Nice malty flavor, and a smooth, non-viscous mouthfeel. This could be a disappointing brew after drinking Rochefort and Stone Imperial, but it holds up well. A nice Imperial. If you get the chance, a purchase will be nicely surprising.
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nicely black, w/ a really good head for an imperial, but it fades quickly. Alcohol hits the nose first quickly followed by the imperial fruitiness. Charcoal, coffee. Mild sourness. Flavor is too thin.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very black with a big dark brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and a little chocolate. Flavor is sweeter and less bitter than most Imperial stouts. Body is thick and creamy. Dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 2/10/2004: Aged one year, and aged quite well. Good dark fruit caramel and oatmeal flavor with an oily texture. Warming finish, but very nice complexity.
5/6/2003: Rich dark body with a thin ring of head. Sweet roasted malt aroma and a touch of acidity. Chocolate bittersweet body with good light hoppy notes and a dry woody finish. A good well-rounded imperial stout. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, without the intoxicating effects of some imperials.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured black as night and formed a nice medium tan foamy head that left laticed lace as it subsided. A nice aroma of malt, coffee, plums and cherries. A flavor of malt, coffee and dark chocolate. The finish was a touch light for this style, but overall, a nice imperial.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of roasted malts present, and in fact an almost overwhelming, monotone characteristic to this beer. Little/no alcoholic punch and not too imperial for me. Lacking some dimensionality. Watery.