BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2010 Without question one of the finest stouts I’ve ever had the privelage of consuming. Outstanding aroma, sweet roasted malt with coffee overtones that remind me of Kahluha. Chocolate and caramel are in the mix also. Reminds me of the very first Mackeson XXX I had some 10 years ago. Smooth full body and very drinkable. Seems to be at its best after sitting a little while and warms up. Flavor is dark sweet roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Has a bit of a sting at the end with bitter hops.This is a Stout lovers wet dream!!
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 Opaque (really this must be the beer version of a black hole) with no head, extremely heavy mouthfeel, full-bodied. Caramel, maple, woody, chocolate, vinous are the many wonderful aromas that hit the nose. Rich and creamy on the palate, all the complex aromas also come through on the tongue. Nirvana! The stout characteristics linger on, just as a reminder that this beer is a powerful statement of the craftmanship of the brewmaster. If you enjoy stouts, you MUST have this beer! Rerate: another bottle, another reminder of how great this beer is!
flemdawg (522) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I decided to buy this in Wisconsin because it is cheaper there than it is in Michingan, go figure. Now to the rating. Whoohooo! As soon as I cracked open the bottle, the smell hit me. Malts, chocolates, some subtle fruits. Dark, dark, and dark. Tried to get some light to shine though, but to no avail. Brownish head as well. Taste was wonderful. So much flavor in the first sip I could not believe it. Malts, cocoa, and alcohol. So tasty, so wonderful, so amazing.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely black and thick. Very heavy on the tongue, huge fat roasted malt flavours blend with raisins and spicy (hops are even a bit citric)hops, big and ugly (but ugly in kind of a good way), huge bitterness. Vinous. Not elegant at all, but nicely mean and ugly.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
many thanks to duff for sharing this with me and the motel last night. 1030 beers later, my first american imperial stout! pretty much everything i hoped for, and also everything i expected. massively thick - when you wobble the glass from side to side it oozes sluggishly across in black waves. god i'm poetic today. the smell is easily one of the most powerful i have encountered in a beer - pungent, tarry and very spicy. the flavour contains no surprises. at first huge tangy hops, then a creamy rum'n'raisin middle for a second before a finish equal parts pain d'épices and rare steak. oh and it's very bitter, i should mention that. reminds me a bit of when i met this american guy in italy and i was telling him the best pizza was in italy - he disagreed and said the best was in chicago cause he knows this place where they have the biggest bases, the most toppings, the most cheese and the highest calories of any pizza known to man. i don't think i got through to the guy.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Damn, this is thick. No head at all. They ought to change the name to Beer-Flavor NyQuil.
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2004 Dark (darker than night) 10% abv hidden very well. Easy to enjoy however you better be in the mode for this heavy malts, no head, and lacking hops beer, almost like an good after dinner port. just not my syle. Perhaps better enjoyed @ room temp.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Hopleaf in Chicago, 5/3/03. Unbelievable wallop. No head at all, barely even a single bubble on my pour. Very dark-- a little chocolatey, very roasty, very oily, and very pungent. Like squid ink or a Bic pen exploding in your mouth. Very bitter and very long finish. This is one of the most potent stouts I've tried. I can see how some reviewers complain that it's too single-minded. It almost offends the senses, it's so strong. Powerful, powerful stuff. (Original rating 8/5/8/5/15/4.1) Re-rate: Got a 2002 bottle in a trade, and I don't know if it's my more refined palate or the additional year of aging (I would suspect a bit of both), but this beer has gotten much, much better to me. Oily, dark chocolate with slightly raisiny aroma. Motor oil brown-- almost black. Incredibly long finish of dark ringing malt, bitter hops, and coffee. But the big change for me is the new balance it seems to have with the stronger bittersweet chocolate flavor up front than I remembered. I believe the hype about this beer now, but I think it definitely improves with a year or more of aging.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Very Dark stout. A little bitter but very complex. Chocolate and raisin can be tasted. Alcohol is noticed but still works well with everything else going on. Great beer by bells
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aight for a stout, was highly regarded but failed to live up to the hype. A nice black/ mousse color to it with generous head. Malted milk balls and chocolate fill the air. Flavor is straight forward choco/coffee with a few subtle hints of something, maybe fruit, maybe not. I can not say that this batch lived up to the high score, but whatever.