guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Lush, roasted malt, toasted grain aroma. Has a dark appearance that light could not penetrate. Small head. Full-bodied, rich coffee flavor with a trace of tobacco in the taste. Generously hopped, with a tasty bitter finish. djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Dark colour, thick palate. Incredibly complex flavour, though I'm too tired and lazy to really get into typing about it any more right now. jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 November 2006. Bottle best before 011005. Black body, creamy tan/brown head and moderate lacing. Sweet dark malt in the aroma with moderate dark fruit and muted roast. Flavour is much rounder than the younger version. Decent amount of chocolate with a restrained bitter roast. Starts out sweet and the bitterness grows as the glass goes on. Smooth medium-full bodied palate seduces the tongue. This is delightful - a more prominent aroma would bump the score up a fair bit. 7/4/8+/4/5/17 - 4.1
January 2004. Bottle. If your going to make a stout, make it Imperial by gum! Velvety black body carries a mocha coloured crown upon it. The aroma pours forth a melange of hoppy espresso. Roasty makes an appearance at the party and leaves before it overstays its welcome, which I appreciate greatly. Roasty gives way to sweet malt garnished with a pleasant hoppy bitterness. 7/4/8/5/17 - 4.1 Crockett (1139) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Sweet malty aroma, some black berries. Little fizzy caramel coloured head quickly disipates. Thick jet black. Gorgeous mouth feel. Big Roasty flavours, blast of fresh coffee. Nice balance of sweetness with the burnt sugar. Good balance with the alcohol. Earthy notes with some berry accents. Spicey finish. Very nice. wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Tasted in Toronto from LCBO (the finally got this one in to the GTA area). Tasted in Maudite snifter. Tasted at 9C. Colour is jet black. No light passing through - absolute absorbtion. Initial large tobacco-tan head settles in nicely to the edges of the snifter. Aroma has a strong hoopy nose. Both floral finishing hops and palate bitterness hops are evident. Spicy. Flavour has several notable dimensions: bitter burnt taste, molassis hints, bitter hop start, middle and finish.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 This is finally available in Ontario but only for a limited time so I was sure to stock up. This beer is deep black in colour, thin tan coloured head. Aroma is full of malt, dark chocolate, mocha, espresso with some faint hops. The flavour is roasty but not a much as I thought it would be, with some sweet chocolate, some hops, the alcohol makes an appearance near the back of the mouth. It finishes with a fairly good malty bitterness. Nice beer and deserving of a re-rate at another time. beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2004
Got to try a 2000 Vintage at mr_kimchee's Imperial Stout night. This has aged extremely well. The aroma was very roasty, with licorice, caramel and burnt malt. Flavour was very roasty, smooth, lots of chocolate, rich with just a tiny hint of alcohol. Finish is incredibly smooth and balanced. Many thanks to Josh for bringing this. Ratings for the vintage are 9/5/9/5/18.
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 What can I add to the glowing reviews about this beer - perhaps nothing new, but it's so bloody good I have to write more anyhow. Malt and chocolate and espresso come out before you know what hit you. It's black as Obsidian glass (I could see myself in the reflection in the glass!) with a creamy tan head that diminishes to an oil-spill effect on top. There's a little bitterness in the full texture that subsides into a rich mellow lingering roasted treat. When you take a mouthful you don't want to take the glass away from your face - and I don't know where they put the alcohol either. A passable beer if you like that sort of thing.... :)
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Re-rate Initially I rated this one with more vigour than it perhaps merited. However Oakes was kind enough to provide a bottle from 2000 for a tasting - thanks a lot Josh! - and so now if you read the above review I will defend it to the end. This one aged beautifully and I hope the case in my cellar does the same. Delicious.
Dark as can be, dark tan minimal head. Big roast flavors of coffee and chocolate. Some initial hop presence, alcohol is hidden well. Very smooth, no bitter qualitys. Great beer. Foxbush (2141) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 This is the another beer enjoyed from a tap at a Richmond bar. This is an excellent stout. The head was creamy but did not last long. It has a full flavor of malt and hops and is worth trying. This was enjoyed again at the Capital Ale House in Jan 2006. This was enjoyed again in March 2006 during a birthday party for friends. It was very good. Robust flavors were enjoyed. This stout is one of the best. I enjoyed another beer as one of my Christmas 2007 beers. It has so much character. It is a joy to drink such a quality beverage. It has velvet feel like no other stout. Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2004
She is jungle black...and is perfect first thing in the morning..if your into that...referring to her coffee taste and aroma. She starts with a nice creamy head that disapates but she leaves her lace all over hell. She tastes very sweet...smoken (smokey flavor and smell) stout.