hopdog (9018) - 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 ’03-’04’ 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.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black color with a great tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is filled with sweet chocolate and hints of coffee?. Taste was very smooth and thick, creamy chocolate flavor that ends only slightly bitter. The alcohol taste was very nice and minimal for an imperial stout and there was a slight smokey flavor left afterward. Overall a very amazing beer.
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, it´s easy to pick on a winner,but I DON´T like the burnt flavours in this stout. Nice beige head and pitch black color, dosen´t 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.
cubedbee (10) - USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black color with thin brown head. Strong chocolate aroma. Very creamy in the mouth. Can slightly taste the alcohol but it blends well with the chocolate.
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at DBF 2004.
Black with a brown head.
Strong aroma from chocolate and coffee.
Creamy mouthfeel. with notes of chocolate and smoke.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Bottle at DBF 2004. Served too cold. Pitch black, almost no head. Burnt malt and chocolate aroma. Flavor is burnt, some licorice.
jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter 03-04 bottle. Small to medium sized dark brown head. Definitely has that aroma that I love, chocolatey and malty. Wonderful black color, can’t see any light at all. Great mouthfeel, creamy, and some lingering chocolate on the palate.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So damn rich and Chocolatey that I almost shit myself, .....no seriously..