cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty, an understatement. Poured thick and rich with a medium milk chocolate head. Aroma was that of high quality baker's chocolate, not so much coffee to my nose. Definitely a bit of an espresso flavor, very smooth yet "big". I can picture myself making a french silk pie to accompany this beer sometime...that would be sheer heaven.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black color with a thick dark brown head. Chocolate & coffee malt aroma. Goes down smooth with sweet warm chocolatey flavor followed by an mildly bitter roast malt aftertaste. Nice!
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet-black, no transparancy. Dark brown, creamy head, very stable.
Nose: chocolate, indeed, mocca, sweet. Also burnt barley.
Very outspoken burnt taste, cigar ashes. Retronasal, it is ever so clear black chocolate, as if it were added. The malt sweetness here is completely masked by the roasted malt bitterness. Very thick mouthfeel. Alcohol remains hidden. Aftertaste gives bitterness again, both the chocolate and the malt, but I seem to get some hops here too. No doubt this is a very nice beer, from a very nice guy. But compared to some other Imperial Stouts (Harveys, DFH, Bass) I find it a bit onedimensional.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2003 New Rating: My completel tool of a brother forced me to rerate this. he wouldn't tell me what it was. and i was like "hey, this shit's pretty gwood!" then he told me this was one of the beers i hated the most. drinking it out of a Sam Adams Triple Bock glass (the wee li'l one) which held in the perky choco coffee aroma nicely. it had a beautiful wafter thin medium brown head that was in nice contrast to the almost blackish color of the beer. Velvety smooth as it went down leaving behind the telltale lightly (oh so lightly) burnt choco taste dancing across my tongue and teasing the roof of my mouth. on second sip it reminds me of a dark black forest cake, or some other wicked mega super chocolately dessert, but not so over the top that you need a pint of mil to wash it down. on thei third sip, i'm left thinking, damn, this is frickin' gwood! it's the perfect blend. what the hell was i thinking when i first had this? i guess it shows how i've grown in my tastes and appreciation of good beers. yeah!
Old Rating: This crappy-ass beer looks like Coke with a semi-flat head. It smells like semi-sweet baking chocolate (yuk!). It tastes just like Sam Adams Triplebock.
crazyvin (1805) - New York, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
robst! a copper head that faded fast. sweet at first sip and finished dry with a bitter touch and alcohol.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark appearence, with a nice brown head that exited quickly. Very fruity nose with underlying chocolate. A warm, roasted chocolate taste, with a bit of alcohol. Leaves a pleasant after taste, not too cloying though. A very good stout.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2004 One of the best choclate stouts I've ever had. Deep dark color with a dirt colored head. Heavy sweet fruit and choclate tones with a nice bitter finish. I really enjoyed this beer. I'm glad I bought a whole case.
Ungstrup (27766) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black beer with a chocolate brwon head unfortunatly it disappears quite fast. The aroma is nice; sweet, smoked, and acidic. The flavor is fantastic; smooth, yet powerful, chocolate, smoke, dryness and woodyness - gives it character.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color. Large tan head. Aroma is choclately and malty. A full-bodied stout. Roasted chocolate malts, slightly sweet. Coffee and toffee, anise, plums and cherries flavors, but it really chocolaty. Some hop bite. Very nice stout. Well balanced. Smooth and roasty. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color, totally opaque, with a huge brown head with nice lacing. Amazingly chocolately aroma, smells like a melted hershy bar, with a substantial roasted malt base. Flavor has a significant alcohol presence, with a malty base, medium sweetness, smokey, and a slight bitterness at the finish. Aroma and flavor both have a slightly off metalic note. Quite good, but not great, in my humble opinion.