Ernest (7938) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2013 Nitro bottle.
Head is initially tiny, creamy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate syrup), with notes of alcohol, Brach’s candies, maple syrup, vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Lightly to medium body, oily/creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Well, it’s been 7 years since I’ve reviewed this, but with the newly released nitro bottles I figured I might as well give it another go. Scored in the 2s back then and sadly still does, and is even worse now. Weird aroma that’s more like some sort of candy than beer. Almost zero roast, it’s just all sugary caramel-chocolate-candy-maple syrup. Syrupy-oily-sticky sweet without much to balance...kinda has the texture of heavy cream or buttermilk (without being as viscous as either...it’s surprisingly light bodied), with stark burning alcohol...almost gag-inducing, all in all. I guess they’re aiming this at people who don’t like beer and would rather have a boozy sweet chocolate liqueur or something. Otherwise I really don’t have any idea what they’re thinking. Drain pour. JPDIPSO (6320) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 10, 2002
Dark chesnut color with a minimal head. (acually the second pour from this bomber created a nice tight tan head). Amomas primarily of malt. Flavors are quite sweet (toffee, brown sugar). Finishes with a nice dark malt linger. Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 6, 2002
Aroma a bit weak, but decent flavor. Seems to be lacking a little. Alcohol hidden well. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Pours with attractive, thinly layered foam atop a transluscent porter-like brown. Intense roasted coffee aroma bombards the nostrils as if this were dry-beaned. Very subdued fruitiness blended with strong alcoholic vapors, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate malt, and some burnt tree bark. No vinous hints, which I anticipate in a world-class Imperial. However, there is a very burnt/charcoalish edge which I love. At room temp. this wants to show some very unpronounced vinous characteristics; grape flavors. Finishes rich with chocolatey bitter notes. Medium bodied palate. Salt, chocolate, roasted coffee, sharp alcohol, toffee, with the addition of a defined fruity backdrop which adds complexity and balance. The light color is deceptive and it goes to show that quality ingredients rather than a brew jampacked with malt can go a long way. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2002
A little light on the nose, but the palate makes up for the lackluster aroma. A thin tan head leaves lace. Lots of vanilla, rum, and whiskey flavors. The 10% abv is hidden well. This baby also delivers a nice does of hops. Good coffee and chocolate flavors. A must try. IMO it could be hopped a little more.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Enjoyed this beer thoroughly although it was a little sweeter than other imperial stouts I've had. bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 9, 2002
Pours with large tightly carbonated head - light tan in color. Light nose - mocha and malt. Cewy and rich palate. Excellent flavors: winey and sweet malt, roasted coffee - lightly bittered; tastes like bakers chocolate. Smooth finish with a fairly long aftertaste. Very nice brew - not the biggest and/or boldest - but excellent indeed. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 24, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2003 Rather dissapointed with this imperial. For starters, I can see through the glass. The aroma was descent but the taste was just not malty enough yet was too sweet. Yes it was very hoppy, maybe too much. Because of an overall lack of roasted malt the abv was overly apparent. Overall one of the lesser Imperial Stouts that I've had. re-rate 6/8/03: Smells and tastes of rum-raisin, one of my favorite tastes. I must have gotten a bad batch the first time, cause this is an impressive beer. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
Bottle. A strong hard alcohol bite to the finish. Lacks the compexity and flow of the Victory Storm King. Nice malty sweetness and citrusy hops. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2002
Very dark brown color with deep ruby edges throughout. Nice tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel, chocolate, hops and a touch of dark fruit. Thick, malty body with definite notes of roasty expresso, chocolate and hints of whiskey (kessler) sourness. Citrusy hops add to the mix making for an enjoyable imperial to which im infinitley grateful to Ringo for sending me.