BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly opaque hue with a nice frothy head and very good lacing. Aroma hints of bittersweet chocolate, pine and grapefruit hops, burnt malts, espresso, and molasses. The taste started chocolate sweet then was followed by hops bitterness, beautiful balance. The dry, smoky and acidic undertone rounds out the taste. My only knock against the beer is that it has a thinner than expected mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol very well. I just wish they would have called it Big Bad Bear Black Stout...lol!
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Seemed kind of ordinary; little head, coffeish taste.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Could only coax a light hop aroma,first sip sweet, mocahish, the sweetness more distinct, intial aftertaste sweet and thick, but then it almost became medicinal. Good start, disappointing end
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, pale head, aroma + flavour of pine and grapefruit rind mixed in with a chocolatey roast. For an imperial stout it's a little bit pale and a bit thin, the flavours are not too well integrated and finishing hop bitterness is a little peppery.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Due to popular demand (nods to user_experience and PsychProf) I have finally sampled this much-praised stout, and I must do the ordinary thing and tow the company line: this is indeed a truly delicious beer. Very roasted and coffeeish, which is oddly balanced out by hops towards the finish, similar to the genre-defining great, Shakespeare Stout (now unforgivably only sold in 22 oz bottles for a ridiculous $3.99 here in Sacramento). A great stout, certainly one I'd recommend to anyone looking for life beyond Guinness.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stout pours like most with a leathery brown color and settles nothing but black, solid black, the head grows up from the pour with strength to about 3/4 inch high and is cocoa brown, thick spongy foam and tightly frothed, settles slowly and lace sticks well in thin sheets of the same color all over eventually giving way to lots of strings.
Smell is deep, slightly rich and creamy with a good sense of sweet chocolate and darker malts with a hint of coffee.
Taste is a complex richness of chewy dark malts, favorable sweetness in the chocolate areas, quite solid and full, with a bit of molasses, nice moderate bitterness blended in from hops, note of dried fruits and one nice thickly sticking finish of chocolatey/coffeeish dryness that lingers long. Mega yummy!
Feel is full and creamy smooth and makes for one amazingly easy drinkable Imperial Stout. Warms ya up; very good stuff, Yum!
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful dark black color, nice tan head, i think it was a little too over hopped and i think the other flavors werent as developed as they shouldve been, a good stout but no rasputin
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good black color, nice dark tan head. Good coffee, chocolate aroma. Flavor sits in your mouth. An Ideal imperial stout.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice stout. Pours up big and black. Nice brown head. Good flavor of roasted malt and a bit of hops in the finish. Is strong as I can sense the alcohol after a few drinks. Quite good.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black color and creamy brown head. Chocolate malty and nutty aroma. Tastes just like it smells. A very creamy palate that is not extremely syrupy. Great beer very smooth.