AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After hearing portlandrunk (hey Murph!) rave on this, had to sneak over to the Gasthaus and try it myself. Came black with a nice head, that hung on pretty good for 10%. Nice and roasty, chocolate and some sweetness, with a lovely bitter finish. Why arent they bottling this, even as a seasonal?
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Finally! A beer other than Winternacht from this brewer I can really love. Wonderful sweet aroma. Chocolate and fruit in the taste. Very dark, just a little burnt and apparent alcohol (10% ABV). I really enjoyed this and I think it should be bottled to help show people that not all Widmer beers taste the same. ReRate7-7-3: Great licorice and coffee bean flavors highlight the finish. Eating w/burger detracts from the taste. ReRate: Bourbon Barrel aged version, 1-26-04. Big 'ol bourbon taste right at the start (also in aroma). Also present in the stinging hoppy aftertaste. Really ads to this beer. My rating reflects my opinion on this particular version.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - MAR 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Only at the brewery - this is a beer hunter’s delight. Wonderfull dark, rich and a shot of alcohol. This is truly meant for those damp and cold northwest winters - this would warm the Grinch.
dentarthurdent99 (8) - USA - MAR 5, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge beer. Nice and heavy with excellent roast. This is truly imperial.