Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 To me, this beer tasted like many of the other Imp stouts in the current US trend of "bigger is better" and barrel aging. No matter who started it, there are a lot of them out there now. And I do not have the stomach for these concoctions, I don’t mean that they make me ill or anything, but I hardly find them very enjoyable anymore. They are simply too rich, and too much. As far as this one, I honestly do not see all that much of a difference between it and many of the others. It certainly is not a bad beer, but it is in no way the best beer in the world. I absolutely would not want to drink this often, if at all. And I do not like coffee! Some may question the "2" for palate, since it is so thick; but I do not see thickness as a good beer characteristic - perhaps several years ago when it would have been a novelty, but after having several thick beers, I have come to the conclusion that syrup is best left for pancakes.
I did try to be fair in my rating - balancing my personal likes and dislikes with the technical craftworthiness of the beer.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 aroma heavy chocolate alcohol, extremly rich thick taste chocolate smoke coffe boubon many more I have no words for. finnishes with alcohol burn
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
GABF 2004, thank you Peter! Full aroma of whiskey and coffee. Quite smooth until the alcohol in the finish. Great mouthfeel. Taste is of coffee and liqour. Big alcohol burn in the finish. Not sure if barrel aging did that much, but hey, this is Speedway, it just can’t be bad.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bourbon aroma with tones of gingersnaps, dill, and some chocolate. Acid on the right level with the alcohol content clearly visible in the aroma.
Bourbon flavour with sweetness. Tones of black currant, chocolate, dill and spices. Alcoholic and round. This beer is my no 500. Tottaly wacky in the best way there is. LOVE IT !!!
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dear merciful god this is good! Aroma is an amazing whiskey filled coffee fest. Apperance is pitch black with almost no head,. I taste all kinds of stuff in this like vanilla, cherries, chocolate, coffee, etc etc. The aftertaste is somewhat sticky. Thanks for sharing the bottle DaSilky and Iceman!
Ungstrup (29956) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[2002 vintage sampled July 25th 2004 - bottle 113/115] A black beer with a fine though disappearing head with hue close to chocolate brown. The aroma is powerful; sweet malty with notes of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol (no wonder with an ABV of 12%). The flavor has loads of alcohol burning the tongue, but it is still very well rounded because it contains strong notes of roasted bread, coffee, and chocolate. It has a magnificent body. A great beer - I was positively surprised of this one. I have to pay my tribute to Oakes for getting his hands on this beer (out of the brewmasters cellar) for the European Summer Party and hauling it all the way to Stockholm - thanks Josh!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/28/04. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, sampled at Dr. Bill and Steiny’s 8th Annual 12-Hour Beer Festival in Orange, CA 8/28/04. 2002 Vintage, bottle #54. Pours a dark black-brown with very little head, brown. Completely opaque. Big sweet, round, bourbony nose. Huge dark sweet malts, wood, bourbony filth. Pretty impressive. Big bitterness and darkly dirty flavor-- awesome but a bit harsh. Nutty and dirty but very elegant and surprisingly smooth. Delicious rich burnt nuts. Velvety and cooling, but warming with alcohol and bright pepper. Incredibly smooth and subtly nasty finish. Amazing beer. I think it gets better every time I try this. A fitting and wonderful birthday treat, a terrific capper to a great beer-drinking day, and a special experience for my 200th rating.
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fountain found in Hades was spewing this dark musty liquid in forlorn dungeon-like caves…Terrifying bourbon aromas were said to be emanating from the source which was evidently filtering some sort of bitter roasted cereal somewhere in its growling intestines…When the Great Master of the Underground heard of this blackest of discoveries, He ordered that the strong, dry potion be aged in the wood of his favorite sunken ships in order to impart one of his most precious flavors: living death…Oh, such an evil, all-purpose ceremonial brew…I don’t know how hopsrus got a bottle of this to share (I don’t want to insinuate anything ;P), but I am devilishly grateful that he got hold of this one for our symposium!!!…
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2002 vintage, bottle 113/115.
Near black, a little transparent. Thin tan head. Big, phenolic, oaky aroma with cocoa and licorice. Powerful flavour: Portwine, oak, licorice, vanilla...! Body is perfectly oily and finishes minutes after. Need I say it's full-bodied?
madsberg (10480) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Pitch black coloured. Huge chocolate brown head. The looks dosn’t get any better. Smoke, alcahol, chocolate, roastyness and fruit in the aroma. Alcahol is dominant but not in a unpleasant way. Coffee, cocoa, roast, loads of alcahol (more smoot than the aroma), malt, spices, you name it the beers got it. The alcahol almost totally burns you lips in the end before a delightful bitterness lightens up everything. Not as complex as I would expect from a top 5 beer, but still a damned good beer.