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 (6422) - 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.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had from bottle on July 17th, 2003 - Day 17 of Blake's Beer Month™
An interesting beer, I had been saving this one for a special occasion - so tonight, I had a Kalamazoo Bells tasting - Expedition Stout, Special Double Cream Stout & Cherry Stout. The beer pours with a dark, black appearance - no clarity whatsoever with a nice, almost syrupy pour. The aroma is very rich - black licorice, coffee, chocolate. The flavoring is magnificent - and only gets better as it gets warmer. The taste is of coffee and sweetness. A slight hint of alcohol is masked well in this stout. An interesting beer, but surprisingly, I enjoyed the Double Cream a little bit more. But bring on the Kalamazoo - amazing stuff.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, not very viscous, black appearance. Not much head. Yummy, mildly perfumed aroma. Coffee. Some sweet chocolate aroma. Rich, rounded flavor that oozes across he tongue. Sweet coffee. A little alcohol in the flavor. A little bitterness in the finish. Complex and gentle. Rich. Roasty/chocolatey.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here it is!!! My 100th beer. I saved this rating for just that. Thick black liquid with a little lacing around the edge of the glass. I had my girlfriend walk by me as I was sipping this one and asked me why I would use my beer mug for a pepsi, I just smiled and said "I don't know" First smell is of a dark roasted coffee. My first sip is of coffee with a sweet finish. What a treat and the only thing I can rip on this one is that a little sweeter finish would be great
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 Comments on the 2003 bottling:
Extremely creamy mouthfeel, the flavor reminds me of coffee with melted dark chocolate mixed in. I like the fact that this version doesn’t have the "oily" alcohol overtone, but at the same time it seems a little dumbed down.
Tick rocky light brown head, pretty good retention. Warm piney aroma, somewhat reminds me of a pig (musky straw overtones). Big hoppy flavor backed up by a chewy, gelatinous malt. Lots of flavors here, sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, ripe fruit, bitter hops - it all comes together to form a kickass brew! Piney bitter aftertaste, and a creamy-smooth sensation sticks around too. My only detraction bases around an excessive alcohol taste - there’s this vodka-y oiliness that presides over the flavor spectrum. Not sure if I like that...
6/20/05 - ’02 bottle. Wonderfully rich and malty. Reduced hops content but it’s OK.