Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Faint aroma of milk chocolate and coffee. Pours a thick dark brown, almost black. No head to speak of (which seems inconsistent with many other reviews). Slightly sweet at first, chocolate, coffee, malt, some slight hints of dark fruit, and some alcohol. Bitter roasted malt finish. Mouthfeel is full and viscous, very low carbonation. A very full, flavorful stout. Great beer for a cold winter night.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of coffee and port, present alcohol. Appearance is absolute opaque black, nice brown head with determined lacing. Flavor was coffee, chocolate, malt, and a tad too much grape/port wine flavor. Not a session beer, complex, but satiating, one's enough for me. Good stout, but not the beer I'm looking for to drink for the rest of my life.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 Bottle@Home, Oct 10, 3.9: Nice aroma, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Flavour is a bit disappointing. Starts sugary, very chocolate but this changes to coffee and a bit of ash. Pretty bitter and a bit alcoholic. Bottle@Home, March 03, 4.5: Coffee and vanilla aroma. Black black black color, dark brown almost creamy head, perfect lace. Strong flavors, coffee, chocolat, hops, thick, roasted. Long lasting dry coffee finish. Alcohol very well hidden. Near perfect.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened up and lit up my nose from across the room. Pours like motor oil with a super deep onyx body and a dense leathery head. Roasted nose with ALCOHOL and some hints of sawdust. Smokey and chocolatey (mostly dark). Rich and superbly complex. Coffeish tones as well. Malty and rich, just plain beautiful. Massive roastey taste followed by a similar procession of phenomenal complexity. That and ALCOHOL. Real big and full mouthfeel, remarkable balance. Must be at least 11.5% by now, but man, it's covered with unreal complexity. zachdiesel says: "I think I just got a buzz off that, good god that's incredible!" After 5 minutes I was still tasting it!
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 WOW! Talk about putting a little hair on the chest. The name says it all...donít try this one unless youíve prepared your tastebuds for an expedition, and a dangerous one, of their own. This one starts out black as a starless night with very little or no head at all. Man this shit is dark! The aroma is very nice also, with strong coffee and alcohol notes, but not quite up to the unbelievable black death standards of the appearance. The flavor is, in a word, HUGE!!! You know how some beers you canít really taste all that much until youíve swallowed? Well, that certainly isnít the case with this one. The smallest TIP of your tongue touches this fabulous elixir and seems to absorb its complete, decadent blackness like a dried up sponge. Itís deep, dark, maybe a little frightening, but so damned good that you just have to stare into its wicked black heart and love it for what it is! While, at this point, I have yet to taste the elusive Dark Lord Imperial, I can say that I honestly believe that this exemplary and powerful beer from Bells is one of the preeminent and dominant Imperial Stouts in the world today.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 I have just climbed back out of a seductive encounter with a black hole. As I looked into the glass I could not take my eyes away from this mesmerizing blackness as the brim of the glass kept expanding as the blackness swallowed me in. As you cross over the oily liquid caresses you so there is not a ripple on the surface to show you have been absorbed with a weightless feeling. As you come back from your bliss you realize that 2 hours are missing and your glass empty with the residue calling you back. This is a dangerous beer it should be prescribed by a doctor.
vtmobile (42) - Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Only negative here is a personal preference for a little head. This is beer heaven Dark &syrupy. Maltry nose with fruit overtones. Sligtly viscous on the downstroke with an orchestra of flavors dominated at first by chocolate and licorice followed by fruit and a long malt somewhat bitter aftertaste. Totally hides the 10% alcohol. Guinness, eat your heart out, this is what a stout should be.
omhper (19945) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks hopsrus!!
Very black with no head. Vinous nose with fruit and chocolate. A wall of malt hits me at first sip, then licorice, tar, salt and sensory overload... The finish is full of plums, raisin and hop bitterness. Yikes, this is bitter.
pivo (2585) - GERMANY - FEB 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big fruity (cherries) and chocolate nose. Jet black color and a light brown head. Fat chocolate taste, dry expresso finish. Leaves a sweetness on the lips afterwards. Velvety thick body. Wonderful stout near to a Barley wine. Wunderbar! Thanks Captain Cougar!
YogiBeera (2493) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 The Captain has send me wonderful beer - thank you so much. Nice smell, barley wine like, alcohol, malt and coffeebeans. Unlike others here I got a medium frothy hazelnutbrown head on this deep black brew. Brussels laces on the glass. Nice decent alcohol, malt, plums and bitter chocolate taste with hoppy kicks. Syrupy with a long nearly never ending silky finish. Numbs your tongue. Weeehhheeee - this is great, yeah it is heavenly - my mouth feels like it had the smoothest and silkiest liquid inside ever - mmmmhhhh.