matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The_Beer_God rocks for sending me some samples of this brew!
Vintage 2003: Pours a totally opaque black body, with a condensed but creamy caramel colored head, it’s dissipating quickly~/.
The aroma is again less pronounced than I was expecting, but notes of figs, apricots, raisins, and barrel aged whisky come to mind. The flavor is not nearly as chocolaty as I had projected it to be? Undoubtedly suggestions of almonds and salted cashew nuts, some deep coffee submissions, but only small notes of chocolate; hey, where the F are you hiding? Oddly enough, I am picking up evident notes of this time, a rum that I had at a tasting the other night, “Matusalem Clasico,” but as with the whisky I detected in the nose, this rum is aged in oak barrels for 10 years. This obviously has some suggestions of oak, a strong presence of alcohol, and a robust smoky attitude.
The palate is terrific, creamy and delicate…very pleasurable! I am very pleased that I have one more that I can age, maybe once the beer settles and flavors intermingled and mellow the chocolaty flavors will be more pronounced; but as for now, I have really enjoyed it!
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black color with a small brown head. This is one of the best imperial stouts that I have tried. Lots of chocolate flavor with wonderful complexity and bountiful aroma.
TChrome (1389) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of roasted nuts, deliciously sweet malt, yummy! Appearance is deep dark black with brown head that is reatained. Flavor is chocolate, delicious roast, and a dash of alcohol. Excellent, will drink more!!!
Slick (1971) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coal black color,small dark brown head that faded fast but left a nice lace.Malted milk ball aroma with plenty of chocolate malts and chocolate all around,with just a mild hint of alcohol coming through.The flavor is sweet and mildly sour but has a very nice chocolate side that comes through loud and clear,the alcohol does manage to make itself known but not harshly but as part of the over all experience and flavor.There are also flavors of dark chocolate and coffee tones coming through as it warms.The after taste is chocolate and coffe with a nice gentle alcohol warming as it goes down.This is a fantastic brew and i have to Thank Urbnhautebourg for providing me with such a flavorful brew.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid light can not penetrate with medium to small dark caramel colored hear that dissipates almost slowly leaving a thin film of head. Aroma is of sweet molasses, espresso, cocoa, caramel, and alcohol which doesn't make it too unpleasant in this case. Flavor is a deeply rich coffee-espresso, caramel with noticable molasses/alcohol that isn't unpleasant. A little sour, not dry, it makes the lips sticky, and overall is very, very enjoyable. The lacing is splotchy. A great seasonal brew. Definitely one for the mix. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of alcohol and chocolate. Deep black in color with a nice, pillowy head of small bubbles. Very, very smooth for 8.5% abv. Very thick and malty on the palate with an alcoholic finish. Very chocolatey.
3fourths (6939) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Wow this smells and looks amazing. A big burnt licorice and chocolate aroma coming from a black body with a rich brown head. Very thick mouthfeel, and sharp and stinging but not from alcohol, but from the chocolate malts and whatever hops they are using. Good lord this is tasty... tongue is left scratched, and the mouth is left with a thick dark-chocolate resin that makes this such a wonderful experience.
leaparsons (7069) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and black with not much head. The aroma is earthy, coffee and licorice. Flavours comprise of roast coffee, plain chocolate and some smooth oatiness. Good licourice bitterness to finish. It should say Imperial Stout on the label - because it is an imperial beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Imperial Stout. Chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet flavor. Finishes smooth, clean, and creamy. Recommended.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
'02-03: My first ever experience with this beer. Wow. Pours (as many have said) black as night. As I poured there was some head, but it appeared to dissapate as fast is it would generate. A fairly aggresive pour finally coaxed enough of the deep tan head to stick around for a while, although it still diminished quite quickly. Arom is luscious. Chocolate, figs, licorice, alcohol. What tastes lie in wait for me after the amazing sights and smells of this incredible beer? Here we go....immense body, lots of alchol, vinous. Tastes like it was aged in wood. Has a barleywine characteristic about it. The rosted malt dries it out a bit at the end which conceals a bit of the alcohol, but make no mistake, there is still plenty of it there! This is sweet, complex and in my opinion one of the finest stouts I've ever had. Completely lives up to it's reputation. Would love to do a vertical tasting as wunderbier did in a previous posting. Alas, this beer is not available in Minnesota and I acquired this beer through a trade. A world classic, in my opinion.