maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
Bottled - BeerBistro Toronto. Jet black colour with good head and retention. The aromas and flavour is stouty and roasty. I can't help feeling though that at this ABV it should have more character. Still a good beer though. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2004
Pours a black body with a light brown head. Aromas are coffee and a sweet malt. Tastes like coffee and slightly like alcohol. Nothing offensive though. Sweet at first and finishes with a slightly bitter note in the throat. A tasty brew! Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
Substantial head from the beginning that lasts a while. Color is murky. Upon tasting it first hits like a regular stout but very quickly the alcohol kicks in--not badly, mind you. It's a sherry-like sweet kick. Strong nonetheless. Overall it is quite nice. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
Blind Tasting, thanks CapFlu Deep dark brown with a beige film. Very restrained aroma for an imperial, light alcohol notes, dry altogether with dark chocolate and caramel tones and a weird steamy, milky touch. Taste is also unexpected, chalky, woddy (branches) with not too pronounced green hops that seem out of place. Milky overall with a lightly astringent finish and a thin-medium body that is actually a bit overcarbonated. Worst of show in the blind tasting, weird and off imo. It lacks some basic characteristics like intensity. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Rerate - deep black pour with a tight tan head. The aroma is softly roasty. A little bit of molasses and some chewy coffee along with a touch of bitter chocolate. The body is a little bit light for the style but there is a little bit of dark cocoa malt flavour. There is a bit of date flavour, but itís less than the coffee/roasted component. Clean tasting with a sort of earthy bitterness. Itís pretty nice.
My first Imperial Stout. Pitch black with a huge rocky brown head that falls back to about 1/2" of head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Nose of coffee and light chocolate with obvious grapefruit hops as well. Flavour is similar with coffee and roasted barley being the dominant flavours. Finish is very long and bitter, with coffee, burnt toast and hops apparent. Very creamy feeling in the mouth and a warming feeling from the ABV. Well balanced and delicious.
pootzboy (1713) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2004 Wow!...wadda beer!!! Comes on a distinctive crown topped old style brown liter bottle with Best before code on label dated from 6 months from production.
Pours a dark coffee color that won't let light through a porter glass.
The pour leaves a creamy mocha cap that stacks out of the glass then this reduces halfway through the drink to a delicate tan lace.
The brew gives definitive odors of coffee, spice, cocoa and sweet roasted maltyness, licorice and molasses to the nose ...I'm twitching with anticipation at this point for the first quaff!
Starts big and rich with an oily-cream mouthfeel up front...melts into a delicious complex mix of toasted malt sweetness balanced with just the right stout-hop astringency and some complex mocha-spice tastes...then the finish is medium dry...just perfect (I personally dislike overly dry stouts)
I don't know what Wellington was thinking when they named this a stout...it has many of the characteristics of a Russian imperial porter...and that's fine with me...it may also explain why many of the stout fanciers who try this brew (and are used to the dry Irish stout types) say it is too sweet. It may be.... by that frame of reference but I think it more aptly should be judged as a rich full strength Baltic porter. I love this thick rich heady brew call it imperial stout with a sweet twinge or a Canadian version of a good Baltic porter...I still love this beer!! beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Ontario's wonderful addition to the world of Impreial Stouts, this one fits the sterotype in every way except the body. I needs to be a little more substantial to take on the leaders of the pack. Coffee and chocolate get roasted together to greet the nose before being joined by a sort of subtle fruit flavour - but I couldn't quite tell what. Very dry with no hint of the alcohol to be found. Definitely worth drinking. And again. Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Viscous, opaque brown with a fine, thick, tan head. The head dissipates relatively quickly leaving a residual crown of lace. Aromas of decadent chocolate, plums, sundried dates and fresh, medium roasted coffee. The most prominent flavours are of rich, dark chocolate, nectarines, peaches in heavy syrup and subtle dark roasted malt bitterness. The finish lingers sweet and earthy. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Black body with small brown head that doesn't linger. Aroma is sweet coffee, some chocolate, but in no way is this beer particularly aromatic. Taste is lovely, mildly sweet, roasted coffee, light cherry, finishing moderately burnt coffee and mild alcohol. Full body. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2004 Posted as roughly average score of two tastings - no idea why there was such a difference in my perceptions of this beer at two different sessions.
Re-rate: 19-Mar-04: 5-3-5-2-8=2.3 Sweet bubblegum nose with some mild lactic sourness. Generally mild aroma. Dark brown with ruby highlights and thin tan head. Husky flavour dominates with plenty of burnt roastiness and a subdued sweetness. Roasty bitterness coats the tongue and does not go away. Papery flavour perhaps due to oxidation. Medium body. Bottle. Blind tasting #5.
Original rating: 9-Jan-04: 7-4-8-4-15=3.8 Roasted malt and mocha chocolate aroma. Black body with full, brown, large bubbled head that dissipates slowly. Plenty of roasted malt flavours and a nice dry taste and finish. Less sweet than your typical imperial stout but very enjoyable. Medium-full body and smooth mouthfeel. Bottle.