JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 There are lots of good things about this beer. The aroma of coffee and roasted malt is well done but not unexpected. Black, thick. Light carbonation. Flavor is medium-sweet with some fruit, lots of coffee, some chocolate. Wine and brandy-like alcohol are present as the beers warms, along with enhanced fruit flavors. Some sourness. Light coffee in the finish, and a dryness that won’t go away as if I just had a cigar. Rich and heavy.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasted aroma with bicuits, coffee and hops in a beautiful symphony. Sourish note.
Sweet oily flavour with lots of alcohol and tones of coffee. Firm bitterness.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ah first beer of a new day. Been looking forward to this one for awhile. Well the aroma does not dissappoint, elemsnts of anise, little roast and alcohol. Beer looks stunning in the glass. Black with dark brown head that is diminishing. Oh my goodness what a flavor. I am a huge Stone Imperial fan and this is better. Chocolate, plums, and some hops in the finish. This is an absolutely incredible brew. Massive flavor with increible depth and variety of flavors. Alcohol warmth as it goes down. I may have a new favorite.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Absolutely black but no head at all. Extremely thick with almost no carbonation. Sweetish malty aroma. More malty, smokey chocolate in the flavour. Heavy bitterness and a lot of alcohol in the finish. A real sipper. Thanks Clark VV
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours thick with a deep brown head and nice cascading tier of bubbles. The aroma is roasty with a slight tang to it. The initial flavor impression is that of coffee and licorice with a slightly sweet almost fruity flavor on the rear of the tongue. Decent, but unbalalnced. Too roasty and not enough residual sweetness to offset the deep smokiness.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 2002: in the highest echelon of stouts. comply immediately. thick. reminds me of a barley wine, but it is indeed a stout. a little flat, but still fantastic. UPDATE 1/31/05: trappist glass / 6672 / Bells logo cap / delicious dry and roasted aftertaste, somewhat figgy and salty. basically, aroma and flavor of chocolate flavored coffee with a touch of salted fruit. very thick! no light will shine through this black abyss for a body... want head? pour it like your angry! wow. yes, comply, since this is an imperial stout... (downrated: too salty, soy, oily, meh...)
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 Pours opaque jet black with a tiny dark brown ring around the edge of the glass trying to pass as a head. Powerful aroma of raisin, molasses, plum, roast, coffee, and chocolate with hints of alcohol and pine. A medium thick oily and syrupy body almost without carbonation. Huge, relatively sweet, flavor of raisin, molasses, roast, dark chocolate, and a bit of citrus and pine. Excellent!
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh Hell yeah. This is a winner. Black, tan almost brown head. Burnt raisin bread toast aroma. Flavor of bitter chocolate and strong coffee. Burnt wood and smoke. the slightest hint of prunes for a touch of sweet. Very, very impressive.
car123 (1) - mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
my all time favorite!!!!! never without it. each bottle is a symphony of flavor!!!!!!!
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the darkest pours I've ever seen. Little to no head on it. Black cherry with hints of chocolate nose. Flavor was, well hit me in the head and ask me later. What I mean is this beer has a lot going on. Each sip made my mind go through a new list of what to write. Espresso, cherries, and chocolate to name a few. Finish was creamy with a touch of oil like that of coffee.