YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Stout, Stout, knock yourself out! Good stuff. Opaque black with nice tan head. Familiar coffee/chocolate stout aroma. Full and rich in the mouth. Flavor of roasted coffee infused with dark chocolate. My kind of drink. Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, candied fruits and roasted grains. Flavour is chocolate coffee and currants. Alcohol is very present in the finish. omhper (25107) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2004
Bottled, thanks hopsrus!flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Very dark brown, rich head. Loads of chocoalte up front. Sweet. Molasses make up the majority of the flavours and the thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Notes of liucorice. Flavourful, but unbalanced.
Very dark brown color with a medium tan head. Very sweet malt and roasted coffee bean aroma. Nice heavy malt, brown sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol flavors. Thick feel, with moderate carbonation. Yummy! aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2004
This pours nicely, although it betrays its relatively light body (for an American-brewed Imperial Stout) with a relatively noisy pour. Nicely carbonated and it has a nice brown foam. The hoppy is a mixture of hoppy and burned malt. The flavor is heavily burned, slightly sweet on the end, but not a big range of flavor. The flavor is big, but a bit one-dimensional.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2004
This beer makes me want to dance, or drink. Maybe both. This is a pleasant imperial. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
Chocolate, rasberries, coffee, cocoa powder all in the aroma. Very thin late forming head that slowly dissapates. Very smooth, coffee, bitter chocolate, and alcohol with sweet chocolate flavor jumping at you after you swallow a drink. Nice and complex, very impressed. Very smooth, extremely good beer. Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2004
Intense brown colour, full strength coffee and chocolate aroma with rummy vapours heating up the nasal passages. Jam packed with intense flavours: chocolate, toffee, coffee, rum, pine, pineapple. Milky smooth palate with a little warmth in the finish. This bottle was over a year old, yet would have improved with more cellaring. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
Almost completely opaque dark brown with a lighter brown head. Sweet pungent aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel and some roasted malt. Heavy-bodied; Bitter coffee and chocolate tastes and a light caramel sweetness. Bitter chocolate aftertaste with a minute amount of hops noticeable at the end. Overall, a nice example of an Imperial Stout. I shared this 65 cL bottle with my good friend Jon, which he purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. I sampled this beer on 02-March-2003. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Blind Tasting, Thanks Hopsrus It pours the darkest brown with the most sticky head of the night. Vinous aroma full of dark fruits and blackberries. Very complex and reminiscent of phenomenal Stoudts Anniversary doppelbock. Cherry and raspberries notes with light black chocolate. Not much hops noticeable, but so pleasant that you can accept that. Palate is very malty, a coffee in which you’ve put a few too many cream and vanilla. A good dark fruit plate and some wow factor. An earthy hoppy finish and a creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This is a very balanced imperial stout although perhaps on the sweet side. Still to me this is far ahead from many better rated beers of the style.
A resampling many months later showed a much more vinous, almost like bread soaked in rum flavor profile without the fantastic fruitiness. Very sweet. Quite thin.. far less aromatic. I had this at 4.1, now would give it a 3.6, but am going to give it the benefit of the doubt and adjust to 3.8.