brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Just about black in color with a khaki head. Roasted malt aroma, dark fruits, lots of licorice, and coffee. Mild sweetness of burnt sugar, molasses, and some earthy hops. The flavor is nice and sweet. Lots of burnt sugar, licorice, and dark fruits. Some nice roast, coffee, and dark chocolate. A little bit oxidized. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2005bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Mode: Draft, Nitro
dark ruby, big brown head, light roasted aroma with a hint of fruit, creamy body, big roasted malt flavor, nice fruity character, aged for two years
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Draft. 2003 Keg. Nitro. Black beer with a big beige nitro head. Chocolate aroma with a little roastiness. Big chocolate flavor with soe underlying roastiness and licorice. Some alcohol warming at the end. Very smooth - velvety mouthfeel. Great chocolate flavor - this is what Young’s Double Chocolate should be CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2005
2003 vintage on tap at O’Briens: Pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown with a dense, frothy, dark tan nitro head. Aroma is milk chocolatey with a hint of tartness and cream. Starts nicely subtly sweet with good mild dark caramel and light fruitiness. There are hints of tartness in the body, but not too strong, heading toward a dark chocolatey finish. An interesting imperial stout, but could be thicker. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Draft @ Ballast Pt.: 2003 Vintage & Nitro Pour Black with a large tan cascading head. Arma of roasted malt and sweet light coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Light warming sensation. Creamy.
DYCSoccer17 (3697) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Draft at brewery. Rubbery, plastic cocoa nice with mid licorice tones. Moderatly opaque dark brown/mahogany with a light tan head. Big roasty chocolateness to start. Very roasty and warming. Alcohol not overly detectable, though. Good work. Too bad the aroma is a little off. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Cask. Poured almost black with nice brown head. Coffee and chocolate throughout. Alcohol finish. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
(Nitro Draft: O'Brien's in SD) Listed as an Imperial Stout on ratebeer.com, but the very smooth and comparatively lighter flavor in no way resembles a traditional American Imperial Stout; From start to finish, the flavor is mildly sweet, dark roasted maltiness with a fairly bitter overtone; Velvety mouthfeel that caresses the palate; Minimal nose; Dark brown and opaque with ruddy black accents along the edge; Thick creamy light tan head with exceptional retention that simply does not die and a thick lacing that completely coats the glass JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
this has the normal Imperial stout appearance. The aroma is roasty coffee/espresso. The body is thin, but a lot of flavor comes thru. a beginner's imperial stout. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
The beer pours the color of Onyx with the head creamy light chocolate brown and portly in size with the resultant lace a fine curtain to conceal the glass. Nose is that of rich toasted grains, coffee and bittersweet chocolate, fresh and pleasing to the olfactory senses, start is rich chocolate malt, sweet and the top thick and rich. Finish is mild in its carbonation with the hops purposeful in their spiciness, bitter-sweet dry aftertaste, quite a tasty brew tis' true!