Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was about to return the rest of my sixer as a faulty product. I mean ’cmon. Pours like hot black strap molassass. But the flavour made me think twice. I can’t quite get used to the viscocity, but this is huge and robust.I will try a couple more and rerate...with my stout hat on.
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best stout ever. At first, I failed to pour it correctly so it appeared incredibly flat. I then experiemented with the pour. Fantastic
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2001
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A mighty, mighty stout with a thick, slick, and chewy mouthfeel. People tend to think motor oil when looking at this marvel and I can agree fully. The appearance was a deep, dark, opaque ebony. My sample was totally decapitated (read: absolutely no head) so this totally dropped what would have been an otherwise perfect appearance score. (Is this normal?) The taste was malty, sweet and at the same time roasted, charred. The high alcohol was noticeable in the warming effect more so then the flavor. Palate was wonderful and would have been perfect was just a wee bit of carbonation. (Once again there was no carbonation at all!). This beer was so loveable with a little CO2 it would have been perfect!
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2001
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dear sweet lord oh-mightty this is a GREAT stout. Complex, thick, and it has got some cahonas on it! After throwing a few of this back with a friend, I thoughly enjoyed this FULL flavored chocolate stout and hightly recommend it.
ZDogg99 (14) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent Stout. Must try.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A textbook perfect Imperial. Bells has never been afraid of producing high gravity beers that actually have a high gravity and the sledgehammer finess of this beer shows why. A perfect blend of roasted malts with robust hop bitterness and flavor lead to a beer with unmatched complexity. Very well done.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stout can knock you on your butt. Very thick and with no carbonation this beer is very good with a very alcoholic finish
joet (2038) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 13, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like MOTOR OIL! Super thick, chocolatey. Some burnt aromas, flavors. Extremely heavy and thick on the tongue. There’s no way this could float on a Bass. Alcohol spice on the tail. This thing is an absolute MONSTER TRUCK - big kick, big dark aromas and flavors, whopping bitter and heavy hardy feel. I wish I loved stouts more... This is the most stouty stout I’ve ever tasted. Big thanks to PROC!!!
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opens with an incredible vinous nose. Is perhaps a bit shy on carbonation, but it really doesn’t matter: this is a huge, complex, wonderful beer. Pleasantly sweet with all sorts of flavors going on: chocolate, coffee, loganberry jam, a bit of tar for good measure...
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my all time favorites. It is a glass of big roasty blackness with hops to match. Tastes quite good after a couple years in the basement too.