grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A damn fine beer that took two weeks and a six pack to get a good handle on. So there. Where do I begin? Pitch black, of course, like motor oil, etc. You couldn't get this sucker to pour with a head if you tried; just a few dark brown bubbles. This beer reminds me SO much of Owd Mac's it isn't funny--only Owd Mac's is a little bit richer and fruitier. Peaches, maple syrup, apricots, malt, malt, malt, rye, grain hulls, lots of sweetness. Flavor is more interesting: Very sweet, but a little bit of acidic fruit juice, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a little smoke, medium-quality cigars, a little bit of pine cones. Just a big smoking campfire of sugar and various fruits. I will concur with the others on the near-miraculous body of this beer. It is absolutely the thickest beer I've had to this point, although surely this is accentuated by the near-lack of carbonation. Overall a definite winner, maybe a classic, and I'm laying some down for the winter.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark as midnight, fairly still, lacking head. Deep rich chocolate, earth, vinous nose. Starts off with big malts, alcohol, licorice, dark chocolate. Oily, slippery body, chewy, dark fruit, spice, cherry, vinous. Finishes with big juicy hops. This is a BIG beer, very delectable...I wish I could have it for breakfast every darn day.
sloth (2644) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick pour, nice. Not much head on the pour, roused up a nice dark brown head with a few small swirls of my tasting glass. Black as night. Nice roastiness and grainess with some fruity notes in the nose, very nice. Full bodied, yup. Nice mothfeel, chewy, coating, slick. Some burnt malt flavors, coffee, chocolate, some alcohol, smooooth. Finish is medium dry, roasty. Flavors linger, yum! Thanks dave!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#100. Black, opaque body with a small dark brown head. Roasty, sweet, chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate flavors, with a nice dose of hops, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. Quite tasty.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chez Mittenstein - June 2003: Dark and slick appearance. Heavily roasted aroma. Strong roasted flavor. Great body, very thick. Bitter leave.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I could live for several days on the aroma of this beer - it smells like an exotic jungle fairy tale and it's very easy to be seduced into the oily quicksand. There are some good strong fruit and licorice flavors, but the hard bitter coffee edges hold me back from raving.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 This is what Imperial Stout is all about. Very creamy and chocolatey. The mouth feel is perfect just a hint of carbonation. The malt aroma and flavor are huge, but yet the hops manage to come through and round it all out. Awesome!
Having had this one more and more, I must say that I am no longer really that enamoured with it.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Oh, my! What a beer! And my bottle may have actually been off. There was no pop of carbonation release when I opened it and some crud around the lip of the bottle, but I wasn't going to let this stop me! Huge malt nose. Dark as night with zero head or carbonation. Deep malt, chocolate and roasty flavor. Amazing - gotta get another one and my rating will likely be higher!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 WOW! Pours with a dark brown to black body (looked like melted dark chocolate) topped with medium thick head and some lacing. WOW! Slightly Sweet chacolatey malt aroma with slight roasty notes. Incredible aroma. WOW! Sweet Chocolatey malt flavor with a slight bitterness, roasty notes and a slightly bitter roasted coffee finish. WOW! Full Bodied and very smooth. WOW!
PorterPounder (6227) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like a can of Penzoil - leaves a tight thin mocha-colored head which leaves a bit of trailing lacing. Aroma - sweet chocolate; hints of licorice. Flavor - bittersweet chocolate with some hoppy bitterness sneaking in on the back end. Also detect a bit of licorice. Palate - like a party going on in your mouth - awakakens your senses. One of the best stouts I have ever had. Alcohol hidden very well.