beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2004
This is a really good Imperial Stout. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet flavors. Finishes rich, smooth, and clean. Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2004
2003, drank from my Rodenbach stem glass because my snifter is missing. Dark brown with reddish glints, initially abundant tan head. Floral aroma, some fruit, alcohol. Flavor of dark chocolate, dried cherries, Maofeng green tea, five-spice powder. The hop presence comes out in the tealike flavor; I compare it to Maofeng because that has a very fruity/grassy/spicy flavor. Deceptively drinkable because of its rather surprisingly light body. I have become a lightweight from not drinking as often as before, I probably should have found someone to split this with. Oh well, drunkenness is fun. mgm1001001 (1) - Allen, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2004 does not count
Very good beer, dark with a rich brown head and nice aroma of spices.
Big alchohol taste. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2004
Bottle. Was hoping for more, but in a wierd way, wasn’t expecting much. Lots of dark chocolate caramel and toffee, some butteryness, i guess from the malts. fairly sweet and intense, couldn’t help but feel so ething was missing, not as much roastyness as i was expecting, a bit upfront with the sweetness too. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Pours dark black. No head. Spicy, chocolatey, molasses and raisiny nose. Flavors are of toffeish, chocolate, mocha, licorice. Velvety finish. Superior beer.
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Dark brown with maroon hues when held to light. Roasty toasty mocha coffee licoricewarming. Way too drinkable for the ABV. High on the buzz factor and something to stash a few away. SOLID! hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Poured black as night with a very small tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, coffee with a slight hoppy hint. Sweet tasting (licorice) with a light bitter finish. You can taste the alcohol in the end, but overall it is well hidden. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Pours black with a thin broken tan head. Aroma is of molasses, soy sauce, chocolate, and burnt brown sugar. Flavor is of molasses ,chocolate, rock candy, a bit of licorice, and a noticable hoppiness once you stop focusing on the huge sweet flavors. The alcohol is very well hidden, not appearing until the beer is at room tempature. Body is full, but the palate would be improve with a slight bit more carbonation to make it creamer but that is just personal preferance. The palate comes close to being syrupy but doesn’t cross the offensive line making it very drinkable considering the gravity. The flavor develops more then most beers between tempature changes so I suggest taking your time with this beer to see all of its stages. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2004
pours into snifter very black with a little head. smells hoppy and different from another other imperial ive had before. citrus smelling flavor too. a very nice smelling as well as distinct imp stout. taste is hoppy as hell. hints of coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel. great lingering coffee flavored aftertaste. like the cap says, this IS a big beer- a very strong effort from avery, and im glad i have another bottle of this to stow away for a year or two. beer seems to be a little too young. very good nonetheless. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Appearance: vastly black, thorough and complete in it’s darkness and opacity, with a fine, toasted tan coating of froth atop.
Nose sticks out from afar, and is rather distinct from other IS’s, in it’s creaminess, like Bailey’s and ice cream with an extra dollup of whiskey, and a hint of rum. Quite appealing, maple and mollasass and more.
In the taste, all that and then some, but basically, sweet, dark, sticky, and strong. Commandeers the palate, conquers and coats...rich is an understatement, warm is a redundancy, for it’s all those things times a thousand, with the alcohol riding high in the saddle as the flavors thicken and coalesce into a wondrous mix, twisted, thick, delicious!
Licorice flavors peek in, too, mingling with dark rum, and meeting up with charcoal and smoke as well, rising handily from glass into mouth.
Full bodied? Duh! Rich texture? Uh, huh! Long, luxuriant, rewarding finish? ...um, ya THINK???
This was a great Imperial Stout, though it didn’t upseat any of my previous favorites, it ably made a case as a stand-in, and that’s pretty damned good!