jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Dark brown in colour, not fully opaque and when held up to a light...ruby colours come through. A tan head forms on the pour but quickly dissipates. The aroma is pretty nice: chocolate, cherries, port and roasted malt are all very present. Very thick mouthful with tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. The presence of alcohol and the bitterness from dark chocolate and coffee roam on the palate for quite a few minutes after the last sip. Overall, this is was almost exactly what I was expecting from a top 50 Imperial Stout. Great look, smell, taste and aftertaste. One of the better Imperial Stouts that I've had, but not the best. Worth every one of the 599 pennies I paid for it! I bought this 22 ounce bottle from Total Beverage in Thornton (Denver), Colorado. mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
I just got punched in the nose with raisins. chocolate wine and molasses follow. roasty flavour, but with lots of raisin, fruit and wine. very baltic tasting. super smooth buttery mouthfeel. very nice. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Barley-tastic. I was supprised at how much of this was more of a barley wine. Reminds me of the '03 Epic. Regardless, I much like this for its smoothness and how it is in fact a Different imperial stout. from the rest. OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2003
Deep ruby red opaque. Awesome port wine, toffee-treacle and licquorice aroma. Wonderful medium light but lifting palate. Medium bready malty and classic fortified wine (Tokay?) flavours. Sweet but not cloying malty finish. Well masked alcohol. Borders on stunning. Thanks ecrvich - t'was truly one of the party makers. dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Thanks to Brewbandit for this fine bottle of beer. Now this is a beer. Nice sweet chocolate roasty flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.
Cartoonkhaki (1280) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
Wow... sweet malt aroma.. brilliant sweetness and roasted flavour. Nice and thick and flavourfull!!! Nice. Not much of the alcohol comes in the flavour. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 (3/2/06, 22oz bottle, 2004 vintage) Opaque black body topped by small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum/raisin, some coffee, chocolate, roast, light alcohol, molasses. As it approaches room temperature the chocolate and roast come to the fore. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, coffee, roast, some grapefruit/earthy, light chocolate, salty, faint mint. Pleasant alcohol warming (whisky) with a light burn. Smooth full body. (7/4/8/4/16)
CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(WCC2003) Black with small brown head. Aroma is raisin, chocolate, light vinous, and roasty. Taste is chocolate, sweet, raisin, malty. Finishes chocolate bitter, light alcohol. Full body. (8/4/9/4/17)
(Bottle) Memories of SA Tripel Bock - yet more refined. Opaque with thin, brown head. Nose of molasses and fortified soya sauce. Smooth, smooth molasses, vanilla. Finishes with a powerful mellowness that was never encountered with the Russian Royal Family! happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 2002 22oz. bottle.Pours out a ruby black/teaser of a brown head/sparce lacing.Smells sweet(molasses,yeast) toffee/smokey/chocolaty/fig/plum/raisin/tease of roast...Palate is so smooth!The 12.2% is hidden well in the flavor but not in the delivery of a warm wintery buzz.(which is putting me to sleep on this sunny breezy april afternoon.The palate is velvet smooth> smoke roasted(maple,raisin,toffee chocolate)lovely.Though this is hardly an Imperial stout(more like an Imperial schwarzbier.I like this alot(the 2002 vintage anyway)I'm scared to try any other vintage.I am drinking my last right now and I must say this aged really well.The strange teriaki flavor has been worked out.That estery english yeast is all over this beer.Very unique to say the least. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Black body with ruby tints. Has a very small, almost non-existent head. Aroma is full of sweet malts, with some chocolate and fruit notes. Very sweet and malty in the start, leads to a very slight roastiness and finishes up with alot more bitterness than I expect from an imperial stout. The taste lingers on the palate for a long time. Complex and tasty.