DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee, chocolate, liquorice aromas. Black, with the thickest cappuccino head I've laid eyes on, layers of lace. Bitter coffee(espresso?) liquorice, treacle, flavours, with some roasted hops and salt too. Very complex, full bodied, oily, marvelously bitter, high alcohol warmth, and oddly enough a sweet side to the finish. Amazing!!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stout is deep brownish-black, and absolutly thicker then all hell. You cannot see throught it at all. Put it up to the light, nothing? Its like motor oil. I must have a brand new batch, cuz the super dark tan head grew fast up the edge of the glass. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen, very dark tan much like the color of a caramel candy, and it was a nice frothy head with some bigger bubbles on the opposite side from which I poured it. Some large patches of tight tan lace cling forever. Eventually the head shrunk down leaving a nice settled coat of caramel colored head just on top. I can't quite place the overwhelming aroma, I think its a liquorish or something, maybe saffron? Very puzzling, but man it is nice. Has an extremely fresh quality, very lightly hinted dark roasted barley and coffee. Seems to be complex, but I can't seem to pin point what that smell is. It reminds me kind of like a cough syrup or something. Taste is damn good, super smooth and silky, nicely coats and has a bit of sweet bitterness in the finish. Heavily roasted barley malt with some coffee and chocolate in there. I don't know what it is about that smell, because it transfers over to the taste a little and is super good and interesting. I'm going to do some kitchen research and try to find that smell. The feel is perfect for a stout, very smooth, rich, silky, bold, and heavy and has that wierd little sweet twinge in the finish and leaves your tongue with a bit of bitterness on it. This an amazing stout and is very soothing to drink. That powerful 10% is hardly noticeable in the smell or taste, but its there. It sinks in about 3/4 of the way through. Definately pick some up, its well worth it and a must for stout fans.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice black color,little to no head,just a faint lacing on the side of the glass.Sweet malty aroma,chocolate,coffee,and maybe some very light fruit hints,possibly raisin.Nice flavors,sweet roasted malt,coffee,well hopped with a slight detection of alcohol but that fades quite quickly.The after taste is malty,with a coffee,hop bitterness to it.With the alcohol reappearing at the tail end to give a slight warming effect going down.Now i know what the Hubbub is all about when it comes to this brew.One hell of a brew and i'm glad i have another 2001 to age for later.
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 (6373) - 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 (539) - Rowlett, Texas, 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 (1321) - Adelaide, 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) - Bloomington, Illinois, 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.