Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as can be, opaque even. Nice dark tannish head, looks to be leaving a nice lace behind. Oh yeah, the nose on this one is a good. Mocha, chocolate, raisins, and more just continue to please the olfactory senses. Different malt flavors flood the mouth. Roast, chocolate, more mocha. This is really great. Almost reminds me of chocolate milk in a way with the very creamy palate, that leads to a slightly bitter, but very welcome, finish. Nicely balanced. Thanks to EddieG for bringing this one to me!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 (rerate- score updated, but comments still need more flavor description) Pours very dark and thick. Can’t see through this at all. Head is big, tan, and a little rocky. Aroma is of burnt chocolate chip coookies and fruity hints, very enticing. Texture and taste is very rich and heavy... Almost like bitter sweet syrup. Very big, powerful, good, thick, etc. But it almost seems like when you add that up, you get something that needs more balance.
Update 11/22/2005; 2002 vintage thanks to Dave. Very syrupy aroma; fruit, chocolate, licorice, fig. Seems like the roastiness and bitterness may have left? Very good... great beer. MMm...
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rich smell and deep dark appearence made it very appealing but having tasted it i was disappointed the flavor was a bit all over the place to much competition between bitter and sweet
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very excellent stout, black in color, zero head, little carbonation, no lacing around the glass at all, small tan bubbles around the egdes of the glass, lots of sweetness in the nose along with chocolate, coffe, burnt wood, very sweet flavors including chocolate, cocoa, bitterness maltiness on the tongue, the alcohol level for the most part is pretty well masked, although after smelling it I thought it would have been much higher than it is, pretty similar to DFH WWS 23% but with a more burnt & smoked flavor, very awesome beer
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Thanks to hopsrus for sending this magnificent beer! Pours midnight black with a deep brown around the edge and, contrary to others, there is a small brown head. Granted, it disappeared quickly, but it formed for me and not with others. Is my bottle "brand new"? Nose is RICH. Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, smoldering wood, licorice, and it just keeps going. Sea salt, Worchestershire sauce, soy sauce, bittersweet chocolate, etc. There’s a lot going on with this! The tongue seems only to expand on this. Chocolate, coffee, salt, roasted malt, etc. The alcohol is there but does not seem overdone for 11.5%. Bitter finish and a smooth but oily mouthfeel round this powerhouse out. AWESOME!
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Less enjoyable then some of the other good imperial stouts I have had recently. Poured without any head or carbonation. Alcohol overt. Reminded me almost of WWS. The malt and hops battle for supremecy. Neither really shines.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 Both BigBadBear63 and Indra sent me this beer so I will thank both of them for the major hook up, You guys kick ass!!
Truthfully pours like a 10W-30 motor oil, a blank viscous pour of black liquid with amber highlights around the edges. Poured No head and No lacing at all, just a flat shadowy pool of oil and reflection.
The aroma and flavor are rich with prune, plum, raisins, fig, deeply roasted barley and a hoppy bite in the finish. The mammoth ABV is apparent only in the nose, well also the brain, once you have consumed a good portion of it.
The mouth feel is soft and smooth, mostly due in fact to the total lack of full carbonation. The finish is bitter and roasty, kind of like licking a charred piece of oak.
I plan on revising this rating at a later date, I have a couple of these stouts waiting for another cool weather sampling date.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark, pitch black oily liquid that light can not penetrate with a medium amount of dark caramel, and somewhat reddish colored head that dissipates and leaves a thin film. Aroma is of a sweet fruit mix of grape, strawberry, sour apples, citrus lime, cherry, too many to list, molasses, some alcohol. Sweet fruit mix dominates. Flavor is of molasses and coffee immediately giving way to a medium to strong hoppiness with a dry ending. Good for sipping. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
TheGeek (6) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003 does not count
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
A wonderful aroma, however I have to say that i'm not much for stouts such as this. No head and an esthery fruit flavor that was a bit too rich for me. The palatability was excellent however, very smooth across the tongue.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lifeless, motor oil pour, no attempt at head formation. Deep roasted malt aroma, prune and raisinn fruits. Strong malt and alcohol flavor, dark fruits, coffee and roasted hazelnut. Dry roastiness in the finish and warming alcohol. Extremely tastey.