hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured slowly from the bottle, more like hot 10w-40 than beer. The color was black as night, with no change when held to light. Aroma of burnt chocolate and coffee, which was the taste as well. I had on my tongue the bitter coffee taste for an hour after drinking. I donít care for stouts, but I definately appreciate this beer within the style. It was very well balanced, and the abv was well masked with the flavor. This beer does well to warm you on a cold winter night (25 degrees here tonight) and I would recommend this beer highly to any stout lover.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
my goodness, this is quite a beer. black as night with a nice brown head. roasty, fruity(raisin, plum), mocha nose. very rich maltiness with big espresso and bitter chocolate flavours. burnt sugary finish. believe the hype, this is a mighty fine stout.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good God, this is good. A lot like Victory Storm King: huge espresso, bold coffee and chocolate enlivened wonderfully with fruity hop flavor with an amazing dry bitterness giving it a ridiculously long finish. A bit richer than Victory, and a slower sipper. Big thanks to Psych Prof.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense alcohol aroma. Man, this thing is scary. Under the alcohol crept some woody, smokey, roasted tones. The flavor burst out of the glass. Intense is the only word I can think of. I agree with user_ex, this is the most stouty stout Iíve ever tasted. Midnight black in color, huge aroma and flavor. I am intimidated by the blackness, the thickness, the intense flavor of this beer. Bravo Bellís!
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2012 Molasses, dark chocolate, honey and licorice coalesce over ash-like roastiness...Resinous hops show off minty tips, as figs, coffee and pumpernickel bread reclaim the maltsí dominion...Bitterness is potent, but all is as balanced as it is complex...This is absolutely delicious and I canít imagine a better Imperial Stout for my tastes...A 5-year-old vintage is as great as a 1-year-old bottle too...
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light head over a typical imperial body. The aroma is well-balanced between coffee and sweet notes. Noticeable coffee through the entire drinking experience. Has a nice thick palate. Overall, a good representative of the style.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 Wow this is some awesome stout, I did a side by side tasting with AleSmith Speedway Stout, THANKS to Trappist Ales Rule , he provided The Alesmith Speedway Stout, Mind blowing
side by side taste test,Dark. Oily,absolutely no carbonation, very complex, tatses of coffee, alcohol, plums, and much more this is an Absolute Winner and Highly Recommended!!! 2003 Version, much smoother richer, I did a side by side with a year old 2002 BES and the 03 Blows it away, creamy complexity that the latter has that last years did not.I notice a slight vegetable layer among coffee richness, the 02 alcohol was a little overpowering while this year's is perfection.4.8 to a 4.9
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
got from hopsrus in a trade.
licorice / anise, coffee, bitterseat chocolate, and a bit of cream. nice thick body. alcohol was barely present - didnít quite taste 10%. wonderful
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
<P>Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): Another no-header. Pitch black. Nice rich aroma, chocolate fruitiness, coffee. The flavor is bitter, nice roasty. Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth.
<P>It didnít matter how hard I poured the beer, there was no head gonna form. This is an intensely black beer that sucks the light from the surrounding aread giving it a sort of dark halo. Light canít even pass through the edges. When you pour, you immediately pick up chocolately, coffeeish aromas before you even lean in for a sniff. Upon closer inspection a bit of caramel can be picked up. The flavor is very similiar to the smell except that it explodes on your tongue and can be overwhelming at first. Huge. It leaves the same aftertaste as dark coffee with cream. The mouthfeel is very creamy and chewy. I very rich, dessert-like beer.
drywallman (338) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle opened with a slight íwhoosh.í There was minimal carbonation, with the only trace of a head around the edge of the glass throughout the drink in the form of a few bubbles and a line of foam. The aroma was coffee and licorice. The palate was thick and creamy with the combo coffee, licorice, and chocolate flavor. I liked it a lot, and it went down smooth, even with a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. I would only be able to drink one of these in an evening and not get overwhelmed by the taste and alcohol. Overall, a great beverage.