presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
Very dark brown. Thick brown fluffy head. Light aroma. Smooth thick body. Roasted flavours of smoke and coffee, some bitter chocolate. Bitter chocolate liquor and coffee finish that grows by mid bottle. Don’t notice the alcohol until you stand up. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
Pitch black and rather thick body with a large, brown head. Smell is ripe, huge malts and roasted hops. Taste is huge and impressive rolling a ton of flavors across the palate: chocolate, coffee, toffee and some burnt caramel. Very tasty and well balanced. Ordered 2 bottles of this and really was feeling it. Sampled from bottle in Toronto, CA. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 This is about as good of a bottle of imported Imperial Stout I’ve had. I suppose the other contender is Sam Smith, but this is a bit easier driniking. Nice lasting bubly head and smooth as hell. Fantastic balance of everything. Maybe better with ageing, but I grabbed a freshie to see how it is now and this doesn’t dissapoint at all. Full bodied and freakin great. Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
Bottle: Poured a jet black beer with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Coffee smell is overpowering with some malts lingering in the background. Taste is a nice mix between coffee, chocolate and malts. A bit too much bitterness kicks in at the end. Medium full body with great carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Overall, a very decent drink but not the best Imperial I tasted. Sammy (12195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Slightly better than average mouthfeel and drinkability. Strong for a before dinner ale but you could do worse. Higher than average carbination than can tone down by a few hours in fridge.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
650ml bottle. A black stout with a hint of mahogany that pours with a good-sized, brown head. Moderate aroma gives a toasted, nutty, chocolaty maltiness. Medium-full body with a soft, creamy texture. The flavours are about what you’d expect from an imperial stout: roasted malt (too restrained to be called burnt), dark chocolate, and coffee. Bittersweet, with an increasing dryness at the finish that leads into the roasty, bitter chocolate aftertaste. Not in the same league as the big boys, but a good, solid imperial in its own right. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2004
Opaque black with a creamy tan head. Glass lacing is quite nice. A very muted aroma of roasted malt with some coffee. The flavor is mostly roasted malt with coffee being the predominate component. Bitteness is a tad low for the style but does not detract. Medium body and dry bitter finish. More of an amped up dry stout but still quite enjoyable. Thanks to radiomgb for this north-of-the-border beer! Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Very macho indeed. Pours with a fairly thick cola coloured head that disappears fairly quickly. Gives off the aroma of bitter, burnt sugar. Lightly carbonated with a bitter/burnt taste. Nice flavour, with a lingering maltiness. A real hefty stout - strong and unsubtle. Could definitely pummel Guinness in a fist fight, but as for drinking more than one... not so sure. Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
Dark black and opaque. Nice nose of bitter chocolate and roasted malts. In the nouth, roastiness comes out well, with cold coffee, and powdery bitter chocolate. Good body but slightly astringent in the end. Radek Kliber (7352) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 10, 2004
Creamy head, dark brown stout. Rich, chocolate malt nicely blended with rich java coffee. Nice roast, no to acidic, decent depth. Nicely done, not to sweet witch is good thing.