Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black coloured. Mature aroma of prunes and raisins. Hops and coffee in the flavour. Full bodied. Bitter finish with a smoked touch.
Ungstrup (28235) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pitch black beer with a chocolate brown head. The aroma is a little sour, a little smoked, and a littel sweet. The flavor is fantastic; smoked, chocolate, coffee combined with a little sourness. It ends on a note of coffee. The sourness draws down in my overall rating of this beer - so that it is only good in my world.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, snifter. Coffee (dark), dark chocolate, roasted grain, molasses malt (H); oak, tawny port, vanilla, dust aromas. Jet black body with a tall, tan, creamy head that is well lasting. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a moderatley sweet, lightly bitter finish. Seems underpowered somehow. Medium-heavy body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: Not quite as tasty as I found the Kalamazoo Stout to be.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great Imperial Stout. Pours Jet Black. Malty, licorice, and dark fruit flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and rich.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 It had a little, orange head. Has a rich coffee and toffee aroma with some ginger. There is also a hint of vanilla, very rich. Flavor is slightly sweet with a little alcohol kick. Coffee, toffee and deep roasted flavors are hiding in here. Some slight vanilla and mushrooms are also here.There was no lacing in my glass. Excellent all around. I have had this many times and I am impressed more each time. It has more balance than a lot of impy stouts. Because of the consistentcy of this great beer at various stages, I am bumping up my rating. This is THE definitive imperial stout.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body, brown head. Heavy spices, toffee, malt and chocolate aroma with a little alcohol present. Full-bodied flavor - roasted malt, hops, raisins, chocolate, coffee and some citrusy sourness. Dark and flavorful. Thanks to Denton (Jokes) for the trade!
thetrifecta (29) - Bell’s country, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007 So syrupy and rich that it sticks to the side of the glass like honey. Dark, malty and roasted with virtually no head. Pours like motor oil, but tastes great. So meaty that it’s not drinkable as a casual beer, but great once in a while.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and headless. Nose is alcohol, roasty, coffee. Flavour is anise and salty. Better than Batch 5000 but still not very drinkable.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours oily black, black, midnight black. Head is dark tan and only an eighth of an inch thick.
Smells nutty, chocolately, sugary, and loads of it.
Definitely has nutty roasted malt flavors but also has strong sweet dark chocolate flavors present thoughout as well as some coffee.
Mouth feel is chewy, smooth, slick, chewy, outstanding.
ABV is somewhat masked at first but becomes more and more apparent as it goes down. That hurts the drinkability as does the sheer magnitude of this beer makes it too much to do a lot
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Batch 6811 (5/26/05) enjoyed Sept 30 ’06 - Almost a year and a half in the bottle and this is a deeply complex bourbon hinted dream. The standard of all all stouts.
2004 (Batch ~6100) Best batch I’ve had so far. Palate is absolutely perfect- thick and oily. Sweet tobacco with very well placed hops. Alcohol is placed perfectly Worth a rating up-tick.
2003. This is a big all around stout. Pours thick like thinned maple syrup. For the first few seconds after it is poured there is no head and then a short cocoa layer of foam rises to the top only to disappear into small pools of bubble. First sip is roasty, licorice and THICK! Then you feel the salty, bitter hops. This tastes like European salty licorice. Nose is like the waft you get when you pass a Starbucks. Alcohol is initially hidden but then it feels very boozy. The 2002 was too flat for me but may have had a better flavor- I still have some and will attempt a vertical.