Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2003
2002 vintage. Very stylish label. Almost black with nearly no head. Fruity aroma with liquorice notes. Sweet and fruity powerful stout flavour with a nice herbal bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation. Thanks Mads. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
Body is tar black with a small tan head which slowly fades into a ring around the glass. Big pronounced aroma, powerful grapes and cherries meeting a serious hops palette (resin). Basically generous on the malt for an imperial stout. It's sweet, slightly tart, very vinous, most potent with 12.2% alcohol relatively well-hidden, but still noticeable. Aftertaste is rich figs. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a generous beer. Thanks Ecrvich.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2003
This was a wonderful way to start off my evening. The alchohol makes itself very present in the aroma and in the taste, but the taste is masked well with a bit of a burn in the aftertaste. Very warming, and very rich with a very nice, but a little thin feel in the mouth. Slightly more reminiscent of a barleywine in parts, then when it warms slightly the stout flavors begin to surface. A lot of flavor, definitely tell the molasses and toffee, a little bit of unsweetened chocolate in the finish. Very smooth. TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2003
First of all, thanks to ecrvich for sending this my way! 2002 Vintage. Pours a brownish black with almost no head. Definite alcohol "legs" on the glass as I swirl this around in my snifter. The nose is alcohol, smoked wood, molasses, fruit, coffee and dark chocolate. Definite wood notes in this, more coffee, cocoa, vanilla extract, some fruit, and, oh yeah, alcohol! The mouthfeel is silky smooth save for a slight alcohol burn right after the finish. I really didn't pick up the anise in this. However, that's of no consequence. Absolutely fantastic beer! I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday, even though it basically just turned the 31st! Suttree (6466) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 #500! WooHoo! Blackish red, thin tan head that disappears quickly. Ripe fruit (plums?) and alcohol aroma. First sip is an avalanche of flavors - Smoke, red wine and port, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, tobacco, prunes and rasins, salt, toffee, grape, the list goes on. This was a beer woth comtemplating and sipping with friends and certain worthy of its high rating. Even young, as this bottle was, it is amazingly complex. Amazing beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 22oz. Bomber bottled in 2002.One of the sweetest Imperials I've had yet. I can actually see through this one which is surprising. Sweet coffee aroma like a Cuban espresso with a hint of mocha and caramel. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good alcohol kick that warms. Very sweet and syrupy with a slight bitterness at the end. Flavor is like Kahlua and sweet molasses. A very nice Imperial and extremely drinkable which can be dangerous. Re-Rate 2/13/04 Huge licorice aroma after this bottle aged nearly a year. Flavor is super sweet with molasses and coffee. Body is smooth and full. Most notable difference was the licorice coming through really strong in this bottle. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Pours a dark black color with nice head up front and light lacing. Aroma is sweet [right now] with raisin, hops and coffee shining through. Flavor is very rich with smoky chocolate and sweet fig. Finishes sweet & bitter, very refined. This would age well, but it's still very fresh right now. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Very very deep mahogany color, nice tannish head, pretty lacing. Coffee, raisins and sweet malts in the nose. Very smokey flavor, almost dominating the bit of coffee and chocolate that are there. Surprising stout. The smoke flavors caught me off guard, but it wasn't too bad. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Hunks-a-hunks of yeast, malt and alcohol. Huge roasted plum. A really big beer. Not the best of ImpStouts, but has amazing potential. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Chocolatey, chewy, superior roastiness, vinous. Alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering. A bit thinner than Expedition, but very similar in malt flavors. More fruits here, though, and some apparent spiciness that plays very well with the firey alcohol. This young version is among the top of the Imperial crowd, I expect a bit of aging will bring it up to par with my top 3 faves.