Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Winter 02-03 Bottling Large, dense and creamy mocha colored head that lasted a good while; very good lacing. Strong, enticing dark chocolate aroma layered with a slightly smoky roastiness, some fruitiness and bit of a red wine-like acidity. Flavor upfront was moderately sweet and malty accompanied by a very present semi-sweet dark chocolate character. Mid-palate had some fruitiness with a slight acidity and a pleasingly subtle alcohol warmth that lasted into the finish. Wonderfully long lasting finish and aftertaste that was absent the usual sharpness of black malt/roasted barley. Instead it was reminiscent of toasted pastry crust, coffee, and burnt currant; all set off nicely by a mild bitterness. Palate was full bodied with a silky-velvety texture that was enhanced by a soft carbonation. Very smooth and quite easy drinking for and imperial stout. The complex finish is what really captivated me about this beer. This would go well with a nice Sachertorte or a dark chocolate-raspberry mousse cake. Thanks to DocLock for sending me TWO of these!
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There is a flavor explosion going on in this one. It starts out with a creamy cholocate flavor as it enters your mouth and finishes with a dry smack of coffee. In between, who the hell knows, my mouth was confused or overwhelmed trying to detect what was going on. It has a thick black pour with a tan brown head and just the right amout of carbonation. Alcholol %8.5, Ha..., I canít even tell there is alcohol in this stout. The mix of flavors just buries the alcohol. I got 23 of these babies left to go. Canít wait to enjoy them all. B_man says...... If you enjoy stouts, try this out!
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic black liquid that oozes out of the bottle like treacle and forms a smalll light brown head. Strong chocolatey nose with coffee. Strong roasted malt taste with all the complex chocolatey coffee flavour you would expect and the long warming chocolate finish. Pure luxury.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Mild, understated, nicely balanced stout. Subtle flavors and aromas, alcohol is very well hidden- the antithesis of inyourface extreme beers.
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím normally not a huge fan of imperial stouts however, this is just tasty! Itís nice bitter and roasted flavors meld together like heaven with the chocolate flavors. Itís a well balanced beer whose flavors will just make you smile. It is also surprisingly not hard to drink at all and is very creamy and smooth on the palate. If the alluring smell doesnt make you a fan yet, the great taste will. A winner all the way.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
03-04 bottle. Pours dark brown with a tiny brown head. Smell is chocolate with coffee. Taste is the same with a little kick in it. Just like every other Brooklyn beer Iíve had, I love it!
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted the winter í03-í04í bottle. Poured black with a brown colored head. Very strong Chocolate smell with hints of coffee. Tastes of heavy Chocolate, light alcohol with hints of toffee. Nice bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed drinking this one.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a dark brown head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma is roasted and chocolatey with hints of raisin/grape. Flavor is similar to aroma with a sharp bitterness in the back of the throat. Nice warming alcoholic sensation. Not much chocolate coming through in the flavor or aftertaste.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 (on bottle) Yeah, itīs easy to pick on a winner,but I DONīT like the burnt flavours in this stout. Nice beige head and pitch black color, dosenīt help the hard, allmost burning taste of.....burnt stuff.
And the chocolate; well the notes are there, but again, too much roasting.
RETASTING-03-04 vs 0506. The old one was way more mellow and woody, but also very "tart" and with a harsh finish. The young model was with a high alcohol- and coffeelash in finish.
MattMurphybass (9) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004 does not count
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
To me it tastes burnt, but it smells great and looks dark as night. The taste was sweet, but not as chocolatey as I expected.