Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Lots of coffee taste. Pours out very dark. Hints of nuts and chocolate in the aftertaste. A very good stout. However, it should not be in the top ten. It is overpriced, rare, and is in no way better than Stoneís russian imperial. This beer is good but very overrated. I am glad that I split this bottle with a friend and did not have to absorb the ridiculous cost of the beer.
GregClow (2794) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep, dark brown (almost black) with a small tan head. Huge aroma of roast coffee and dark chocolate. Complex palate-ripping flavour with notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice & bourbon. Easily one of the highlights of the 7+ hour, 40+ beer marathon tasting session at Dougsí. [Toronto Christmas Party í04]
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 Finally, a proper rating. My first sample was a very small one, this one was split with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, Jerc, and GregClow. Pitch black, murky brown head. Nice coffee, alcohol, hops in mild aroma. Amazing taste - so thick yet carbonated, tons of chocolate and hops - very bitter. Had it just after a founders and this one was definitely more of a sipper - and having them back to back, I like this better. What a stout, if the aroma was a little bit better, this would go through the roof...Original 9/4/8/4/18
Bottle, Dougís Gathering (sounds ominous, doesnít it?? "..the gathering of Doug....), 2004. Pitch black colour, very little head. Chocolate and coffee in aroma. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with lots of chocolate and roasted coffee flavours and nice bitterness to it. Hides the alcohol well. A very good beer tasted near the end of a long sampling night. I just didnít think it had the complexity of some others Iíve rated even higher, but that takes nothing away from a very solid beer.
shadey (1814) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 Highly overrated. This was big stuff with a oily pour and totally black body. Bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with a touch of alcohol. I have been dissapointed with just about every Alesmith product I have tried so far. Not because they are bad, but because they have all been so hyped and I canít figure out why.7/3/6/3/16
I have since come around regarding Alesmith. With some age (to mellow the alcohol) I can really appreciate the craftsmanship of their beers. I had a speedway stout with 2+ years of age and it was really exceptional.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark stout with no head. Deep toffee coffee aroma with light hops. Sweet sweet coffee with vodka alcohol with roasted bitter chocolate. Rich oily mouthfeel with creamy body. Nov. 28 2004 at MartinT.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and dark, brown head. Nice full aroma, chocolate, roast, coffee, some vanilla, and even some vinous qualities. Roasty flavor with some big time coffee bitterness, it kind of takes away from the other elements I picked up in the aroma. Big palate but very dry, too dry. Alcohol is hidden well considering its strength. Very good but relies too heavily on the coffee. Thanks rudolf.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pored black,jet black!! with a creamy chocolate head that ws gone FAST!.
Strong aroma of roast chocolate and alcohol.AWSOME flavor of roast campfire and alcohol, Alcohol is strong but not overpowering,but when you take that first sip you will say WOW!!
Definatly a sipping beer !! you wont be chuging this one!!
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Re-rate @ Liars Club (I was.. uh. unable to really taste this in Toronto) Huge alcohol, plum, toffee, oil, fish, soy/salt, coffee, dark chocolate flavor. Bitter coffee/chocolate/toffee finish. Nose is coffee, alcohol, toffee, soy. This one goes to 11.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 January 2008. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry. Silver foil in a green bottle. 2005 or 2006 Vintage? Black body with a small khaki head. (3+) Sweet rich malt aroma, mild hints of roast and coffee/ (7+) Flavour is surprisingly sweet and rich with malt and notes of caramel and cocoa. Coffee and roast have receded significantly and left a glorious remainder in my opinion. Light muted coffee notes lingers in the aftertaste. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. (4+) Wow. So glad to try this one again, thanks Harry! 7+/3+/9/4+/17 - 4.2
<P>December 2004. Bottle. Black body without much head, a swirl of the of the glass rouses a small chocolate coloured head from its slumber like a lethargic teenager. Nice mild roastiness and a bit of chocolate in the aroma. Flavour is a huge bitter coffee kick in the pants up front. Some malt in the middle is the only thing to snake past the coffee and eventually gives way to more coffee bitterness in the finish. Very warming, leaves the mouth and palate feeling dry like you have just used mouth wash - wow. Drastically thinner body than I anticipated and frankly require of a stout of this magnitude. Alcohol is remarkably restrained aside from the warming effects. Nice in its own way but if I wanted coffee... Thanks for the chance to try this one rudolf. 7/3/6/3/16 - 3.5
Sammy (7707) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A coffee brewed with beer and some spices and nicely carbonated. Thick and medium mouthfeel. Strong overwhelming coffee taste more than anything. Caffeine and alcohol kick certainly puts one on a rush. Iíve had more enjoyable of the style.