TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
bottled from growler: Dark chestnut highlighted with a maple border. Dwindling, jagged-edged dull tan head. Roasted wood, seared sugar in the nose mixed with spruce tips and ink. Minute alcohol presence with tangy chocolate fudge hiding underneath. Thick, pillowy-soft body. Minimally prickly carbonation. Medium-richness at first with tangy roast leading the way. Burnt malts soon take over while accentuating the roast immensity. Substantial hoppiness cuts right through the malt richness. Fluffy malt underlay and meaty molasses curb the gritty, chalklike astringency from the black malts as dried plums briefly soften the body. Firm Crystal edge agitates the vinous alcohol and stings the palate with the hops coming and going. Finishes on the dry side with raw hop pungency and spruce tips accompanying roasted barley and an espresso backdrop. This is a remarkable brew. Thanks, Cougar! CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 Completely opaque darkness with a 3/4" well-lacing tan head. Very rich complex aroma of sweet caramel and roasted malts, brown sugar, black berries, and a hint of oaky tartness. Starts rich and caramely sweet with a full, syrupy mouthfeel and a touch of smoke. Plum, molasses, and milk chocolate lead to a robust, lingering roasted coffee finish. Hides its alcohol very well and is tremendously balanced with a thick complex sweetness and moderate hoppy bitterness. Many thanks to jeffc666 for hooking me up with a growler of this gem! hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Draft... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, tan head. Espresso, licorice, cherries, alcohol and dark chocolate notes in the aroma. The flavor offers blasts of burnt and bitter coffee and chocolate. Very malty and not-quite-balanced... but darned close. Quite a feat for a big ABV beer... 10.8%, according to the beer board. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet, burnt finish. World class imperial stout! whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2004 Persistent velvety tan head and opaque muddy black body. Big coffee, chocolate and rum raisin notes in the nose. Flavor is of chocolate, espresso, cherries and rum raisin... big time. Very creamy and tasty. This imperial stout has the nice bitter, creamy, chocolatey, tangy combination that I really like. Other offerings from this brewery struck me as rather banal but this is clearly exceptional. blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Another yummy stout. Beautiful head and pour. My only complaint was the malt should of been stronger for this imperial. Too much alcohol in the flavor... but still a damn fine beer
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Absolutely fantastic imperial stout. Deep dark black appearance. So easy to drink. A beautiful blend of malt and sweetness. Hints of cotton candy. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Incredible Imperial Stout!!! Pours a deep black with a dark brown head. Aroma is very nice and roasty with an alcohol presence. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and hops. Very chewy and delicious with the perfect amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel is very full, round and beautifully thick. Highly recommended! One of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had. SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Setting: Served in a sample glass at the Michael Jackson Beer Tasting held at RFD’s.
Appearance: Ruby-tinged black topped by a dark brown head which quickly dissipated to a film and a ring. Wee blobs and specks of lacing were left on the glass.
Aroma: Black espresso, dark chocolate, and bitter prunes. Very dense and dark.
Flavor: Earthy and robust dark malts with wackloads of burnt, espresso, and bittersweet dark chocolate flavors. Long lasting aftertastes. Nummers
Palate: Thick and chewy with a slight alcoholic burn on the finish.
Overall: A sipper for sure, but definitely one to have as a night cap. Righteous. MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Dark with a thin bubbly head. Smells of cocoa and chocolate, a bit sweet. ABV is quite well-masked, not strong-tasting at all. Has a bit of chocolate and a slight scotch character. Finish nicely dry. One of the better offerings I've had from Sweetwater. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Dark brown with a lovely quickly dissipating nut-brown head. Alcohol and butterscotch aromas. Alcohol and roasted-coffee flavors dominate. Great Imperial Stout.