iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 12 oz bottle, late 2003 version, sampled November 2005: wonderfully thick liquid that settles into the glass and helps form a glorious pink-brown cream. Nutty, deep chocolate malt and Bells yeast aroma that combines with the vanilla ice cream and musty bitterness, perfectly. The sharp, fresh bitterness has dulled into a buttery, charcoal and truffle chocolate elegance. The alcohol sneaks up on me, as usual, but adds a layer and dimension to this beer that pulls me deeper. The palate is beyond thick, but has a creamy and soft texture anyway. What a wonderful treat and as I continue to sample this beer, I do believe this is about the right time to drink it!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Re-rate: I just love this stuff. Dark, thick, complex. Some nice fruit flavor but also some lovely roasted qualities as well. Beautiful. 12/20/2001: This is one dark, thick beer. The taste was amazing, very complex. I would also have enjoyed a bit of CO2, but I'm not trying to complain. Very nice stout.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maybe my favorite stout! Rich, dark, flavor, not a strong alcohol presence, this one is a nice sippiní beer... if you can get it!
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2003 As I can now get this wonderful beer in Ohio, I am drinking them freely and my original rating was impacted by the flatness. I have not experinced it since, and this beer is amazing. All the flavor comments below still apply, and its better with some bubbles in it.
(8-29-02 4.1) I must have got one with no head. I tried to create a head with the pour, but my beer just seemed under-carbonated. I put another in the fridge tonight and will see if it is as flat. (You really don't want to drink two of these in one night if you have to go to work in the morning.) It pours out of the bottle like motor oil and it simply will not let light pass through it. I did get a couple little bubbles fighting to the top, but they couldn't keep it together enough to be called a head or lace. The nose was of deep roasty malts with a carmelized sugar/alcohol overlay. Very complex sweetness with roast coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and burnt caramel all hiding among the flavors. This beer is butter smooth and coats the mouth with a nicely balanced bitter/sweet finish. An excellent sipping beer for when the nights get colder and I hope my other bottles are even better.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff is a real treat! Thin beige head with an insane amount of lace, after pouring like used pennzoil. roasted hop aroma. Alcohol masked very well as it went down smooth with chocolate covered hops. Well done--this beer is huge!
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
You can taste the quality (and the alcohol) in here. This stout is way too syrupy for my tastes. I prefer their regular stout... and at half the price for the better beer, you canít go wrong.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, holding it up to the light is pointless, this is opaque. Iíd recommend pouring this from about 10 stories if you want ANY sort of head to form. This is THE flattest beer Iíve ever had. Aroma is complex with the typical Imp. stout smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malt and some anise just to name a few that I could pick out. This is a beer that takes a good long time to finish and thatís how it should be because itís a perfect nightcap beer. It leaves a nice bittersweet aftertase as well. Itís no accident that this one is so highly rated.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep black pour settling with a thin halo of tan lather...
Aroma was of tart grapes, licorice, chocolate seduced watermelon..
WOA THIS IS A SIPPER ..its got a unique tartness that is accompanied by a deep dark chocolate foundation added upon by licorice, coffee, and thick bitterness..
Super thick mouthful..Alcohol not too overpowering but evident...Tartness enhanced cocoa darkness in the finish with lingering sweetness.. A Big Beer
beerhead1980 (9) - kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
overall im not the biggest fan of stouts, but man alive this is one of the greatest beers on the planet. if you canít find it go out of your way to try. oh yea, i live less than a mile from the brewery/bar.....ha ha!!
tartz99 (10) - USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one big beer. It pours very viscous and the bubbles fight their way to the top. Approach this beer like a brick wall of flavor.