beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Color is a very unique purpley dark brown raisin hue, very thin lusterous thick head of spongy light brownness. Very thin web-like stitched stringy lace in minimal amounts.
Smells way complexing, I get a earthy dark mustyness, molasses, licorice, dark cough syrup, a bit medicine-like, slight coffee note, and whiskey-like alcohol. Its all great but it took lots of swirling and big whiffs to detect all its subtlities. Once you get in there its a whole lot of nose action.
Hefty flavors of very dark and rich roasted malts, black malts, and chocolate malts, thick, luscious, chewy, sticky complex layers of molasses, dark chocolate thats a deepening sweentess, some coffeeness, with nice bittering hops and a lingering dryness lightly dancing after each sip all the way into the finish.
Feel is full, firm, bold, creamy, and above all, quite easy and mellowing with a nice bittering bite near the finish and a great lingering hold and one hell of a warming quality. The warming is the only thing that keeps this from being completely drinkable, its a sipper for sure, and a good one at that. One hell of a excellent Imp. stout. Top notch all the way. clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2003
2001 Edition. This beer poured a very dark color with a small head that settled toward the center of the glass. The aroma was very strong and sweet. I've not found an imperial stout that I've liked yet, and this one follows that trend. I see that most people like it, but the taste is far too strong for my taste buds. It was fairly sweet tasting for an imperial stout and had hints of licorice in the flavor. The aftertaste was strong as well, hinting at licorice also. I didn't like it, but I don't care for imperial stouts. You may like it more than I if you have the taste for this type. One of the few beers I've ever not finished.
sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2003
The XS line. Bottled in 97, 7oz. nip bottle. Picked up @ my fave beer store last week. Looked lonely on the shelf. Poured flat, no head. Opaque, black with some brown highlights. Some gentle swirling roused up a slight, dark brown head. Looked more appealing with a little head on it. Full bodied, roasty with some coffee and chocolate notes too. Hops are still present. Taste some licorice notes also. Finishes dry and chocolatey with a good hop bite. Has aged fairly gracefully. I,ll have to go back and see if theres any more. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Bottle: Big nose, Raisin,chocolate, and sherry. Great brownish black color. Dominating chinook bitterness with roasty baking chocolate. Creamy thick with long finish. Another over the top Rogue offering. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2003
it's dark: power outage in a coal mine dark. if you were swimming deep within this pour of liquid obsidian, you'd bonk your head against the glass before the ambient outside light could penetrate to warn you. a deep brown head like wet burlap, countless dots of lace-- like the gettysburg address in braille. aroma is perfumy, melon, tangerine peel, mesquite wood chips, baked yam, medium roast coffee, plenty of alcohol. carbonation tenders the weighty beverage to the tongue with the delicacy of a trauma nurse, laying about four pounds per swallow of cinder-baked molasses malts, bittersweet hearts of cocoa root extract and kahlua right in the epi-center of the taste buds. from there it reverberates outward with blended ripples of moderate sweetness, strong bitterness, and a body as full-figured as pregnant rhino. considerable deliciousness right in there too. and alcohol you ask? well, i had wanted to go fire up some reeeeally heavy machinery after this, but i guess that's out of the question. i couldn't be trusted to operate a microwave after a few of these. hic.
HighlanderOne (1328) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2003
I shouda known better. Imperial stouts, in general, are not for me. Strong aroma of hops, alcohol and malt. Flavor so intense that I literally took 2 steps back on the first sip. In fact, I couldn't get past the alcohol in the flavor to really appreciate the hops and malt characteristics. Couldn't even finish this one. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Wonderful! This is a big chocolatey stout that still let's the hop bite through at the end. MUST be allowed to warm in order to appreciate the full range of roasty flavors. It pours like oil and has virtually no head. With effort small swirls of brown bubbles form. A big, bold stout! IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2003
2001 bottle. Poured out black as tar with a dark brown head that disappeared quickly. No lacing. Strong malt aroma with alcohol behind it. Very strong flavor, lots of malt and coffee. Bitter aftertaste. A great stout. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Bottle from 2001. Pours out jet black with a small dark brown head. Sweet aroma of raisins and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet with lots of roasted coffee coming through, alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste. I really enjoyed this stout edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 4/26/03: bottle.
black body with no lacing. sweet malty aroma. flat looking but lots of activity in the mouth. malt and coffee taste. pretty strong with a bitter finish.
(10/25/03) tried it again. added notes include:
small amount of a creamy, chocolate head with a touch of lacing. chocolate nose with some sweetness. there are also hints of alcohol. extremely sweet and sour flavor followed immediately with a strong bitterness. the finish also notes a bit of a bitter tea taste. (7,4,7.3,17)