pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 The true king of beers. Pours out pitch black wiht a decent sized tan head. It has a roasty, hop aroma. The taste is roasty with notes of hops. You don’t even realize its high ABV until long after you are done. This is a very complex beer, and the only Imperial Stout I drink year-round Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Draft; Black as midnight, with a full tan head. The King gives a big smack of hops, much more than its kin, but it works perfectly. Not even a hint of its ABV comes through. The roasted flavors mesh well with the aggressive hop presence. Very impressive, consider me a loyal subject. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Pours a Jet black expected with the stye. A small light brown, milk-choclate head that dissipates. Aroma is choclate and Coffee. Flavor is VERY full and full of roast/coffee/choclate flavors. Alcohol does seep through in the end. Very nice slightly bitter finish.
My second chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2004
Opaque black colour. Powerful roast coffee aroma with some fruit coming through. Coffee dominates the flavours, with some dry bitterness. Excellent fruity mouthfeel. Clean dry finish. A very well put together beer. Powerful stuff to be sure, but the good balance ensures this beer doesn’t come over as too extreme. Cask (gravity), GBBF 2004.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 Dark black with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, molasses and roasted malt.
Nice malt/ hops balance. You can actually taste the hops unlike some
Imperial Stouts. Hard to believe the
alc/vol is over 9%. It hides it very well.
My favorite, easy to get imperial stout.
IndianaRed (4629) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle Pours a black with maroon highlihghts on the edges and a nice hefty tan head that leaves modest lacing. Aroma is smokey, prunes, licorice, some vanilla in there too. Flavors are more of the woody, smokey direction, with more hops than I am used to for this type. Feel is very smooth and silky. Rich and heavy. Expected bitterness at the end. Very good. gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Pours dark black with a dense dark tan head. A wonderful hoppy aroma abounds up front after cracking the bottle. The hops melds with chocolate, coffee and an undeniable shot of alcohol. Great palate with bitter chocolate, coffee and warming alcohol. A sweet maltiness in excellent proportion as well with a bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Great beer. I believe this is everything World Wide Stout wanted to be. SilkTork (5738) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2004
Gravity cask, GBBF. Coffee nose. Excellent mouthfeel. Very seductive, sexy, delicious, exciting. This cask is fresh on, and this is the first pull of the day. This was my prime target beer so I’ve gone for it immediately. Memories of drinking the Courage Russian Stout last year as the first beer of the GBBF session. This isn’t quite as wonderful as the Courage Russian, but it has taken my breath away. I’m getting quite used to the situation where Americans cluster round a bottle of American craft beer and rave about it excessively, only to discover the beer is really not to my taste. The most popular American beers tend to be - like the Bigfoot - rather extreme in nature. But this is actually well balanced, fresh, soft, and extremely seductive. The flavours come through in increasing waves - subtle, coy, revealing. The coffee gives way to the assorted juicy fruits. There is nothing harsh or over-bearing about this beer - it delivers the goods in an inviting manner. This is a beer to enjoy drinking. The mouthfeel is perfection. Drink this and your mouth will love you for ever. My mouth is humming and I feel very good. I have to say that at GBBF it’s an American beer that is the best cask ale on offer. Storm King is pissing all over the Brits. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Cask-conditioned (gravity) at the Great British Beer Festival, Kensington Olympia, London. (Thursday Session). Dry, rich and restrained sweetness. A good imperial stout. tomxcs (321) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Pours inky black; nice lace. This is such a good Imperial Stout because it is very well balanced. A little thin but silky. Aroma is like roasted chocolate. So many different subtle tastes in here, but it’s the roasted malt flavors that really jump out.