IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Very dark, brown head. Roasty aroma, some sweetness with molasses and a bit of chocolate. Good roasty flavor, malty, a little sweet, some coffee and even a bit of hops. Medium to full body. Not overpowering but very good. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Dark brown with lighter edges. Tannish head with spotty lace. Obligatory chocolate, coffee, and roast malts in the nose. Raisin, mocha, and bittering hops follow. The flavor is your down to earth standard impy stout flavors. Mellow and smooth palate. Light in the body. Mocha finish with some smoke. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Dark black with thin tan head. Nose of soy, astringent roast and salty malt. The flavor is not very cohesive, very rough around the edges. Death for an imperial stout when that’s all it can hold up. OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2004
Reminded me a bit of Old Rasputin, but a much lighter version. Dark brown with a dark tan coloured head. Coffee and chocolate plus a grape juice and vinous aroma. Cappacino and dark chocolate flavours with a roasted bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel that dries out on the finish. PorterPounder (8358) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Dark black pour with some ruby red accents when held up to the light. Tight, khaki colored head, decent lacing. Sweet aroma - pick up molasses, chocolate, a bit of fruit perhaps. Not as over the top as some Imperials, but very enjoyable and much more drinkable. Flavor has some chocolately notes with a bit of underlying fruit sweetness. Thick mouthfeel - not cloying at all or over sweet. All in all a decent, solid Imperial Stout. Thanks to Aurelius for bring this back from Canada.
Aurelius (5658) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2004
Grainy, stout aroma, like an intense schwarz. Fantastic bomber of pitch brew, tall khaki head, great label with an arrogant redcoat. Well balanced stout -- roasty, grain bitter. A bluff towards sweetness, then moving towards cracked rye malt. Grainy coffee finish with traces of chocolate. Very good, nothing mediocre from Wellington yet. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 Re-rate. I have grown to truly appreciate this stout. I miss the big bottles, but a 6 pack of this makes it the perfect after dinner imperial stout and easily the best stout Ontario has to offer. What I used to find syrupy I now find appropriately carbonated for the style, and the flavours in this one, especially chocolate and a nice almost smokiness, abound. Hats off to Wellington for producing one of my favourite Ontario beers. presario (4925) - 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 (3235) - 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.