Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
02/03 bottling. Pours deep black and very thick, with a decent head that quickly shrinks to nice brown lacing around the glass. The aroma is perhaps the weakest part of this beer, as it just doesn't contain much depth. The palate is great. Smooth, thick mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more, but not leaving nasty film all over the mouth. The flavors are awesome. Plenty of chocolate accent the slight coffee and vinous notes. A nice warming feeling throughout as the beer travels down. Another great beer.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer fooled me with it's name. I didn't know it was one of my beloved Imperial Stouts I hadn't tried. Well, it poured like a Guiness, black as night and a rolling foaming dark tan head that left circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of burnt malt, coffee and chocolate, which seems to be the most powerful aspect. Might account for the name. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. It had a medium body and a bit of sourness to the finish. This is one that may do better with some cellaring. A good imperial, but not up there with Expedition or Stone.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
01/02 bottling. Wonderful aroma, nice caramel colored head. The beer is definitely black as the night. Many different flavors and tastes going on to finish dry. Somewhat burnt tasting but overall a very nice stout. Thanks to brewbandit!
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 2010-2011 Batch (Fresh):
Pitch black, as usual with a very thin, tan head. Aroma of molasses, permanent marker and some light anise. Full-bodied; Pungent biting malt with a lot of licorice, anise, chocolate and long-lasting pit fruits and prunes. Aftertaste is pungent and long-lasting, filling as well. Overall, a nice beer, definitely can use some time to mellow though - the alcohol is very noticeable on this fresh batch. Good, but will be much better in two years time or so. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from a four pack, fresh in the season on 12-March-2011 sampled at home in Washington. Rating for this sample:
2004-2005 Batch/2003-2004 Batch Vertical Tasting:
The 2004/5 batch had almost no head, was slightly more clear and had much more of a chocolatey & roasty aroma than the older bottle. The 2003/4 bottle had a very nice head, was slightly more opaque and was much more mellow, had the alcohol hidden well and was fairly light in comparison to the new (fresh) batch. We’ll see what a year does, when the last three vintages will be sampled.
I sampled these two beers on 24-December-2004 and my score for this sampling is:
2003/4: 7,4,7,3,15 - After 1 year.
Pitch black in colour with trillions of small bubbles rising from the sides of the snifter. Brown coloured head with very small bubbles which lasts a long time. Pungent aroma of dark pit fruit, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Medium-bodied; Silky mouthful; Strong roasted malt flavour with very noticeable chocolate and coffee highlights. Some of the pit fruit and even cherry flavouring is noticeable towards the finish. Aftertaste bittered from the crazy amount of malt, but left sweet from the residual sugars. Overall, this beer is great yet another year...and is worth picking up. Lets see if it handles age well! I bought a six pack of this vintage, so lets see how it does for the next six years! For this rating: 9,5,9,5,18
Insanely black in colour, looks as thick as a Sam Adams Triple Bock, but completely black with a creamy brown head. Great malty-caramely portery-stouty smell! Great inital flavour, and a tremendous lasting taste...nothing too strong as the colour and body would suggest!!! A great all-around beer that rivals a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout or anything else! For this rating: 9,5,8,5,18
Very little head; Port, cherries and milk chocolate are noticeable in the aroma. Light-bodied; Quick short aftertaste of dark chocolate. The smoothest and easiest to drink of the 3 (2001-2004) bottles in the Vertical tasting.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This tastes incredible...after each taste you get a rush of different flavors...all the compliement each other...So smooth and dark...without being overpowering...Very nice to relax with and just savor!
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2004 Thick as a mudslide as it poured. Black as a cup of rice-coal. The head is shades of burnt browns and tans. The aroma made it up to my nose before lifting the glass. Much more than chocolate and toffee, there are big oven baked, sugar coated fruits in the nose, every decadent chocolate truffle dessert known to man is stuffed into a bottle of Brooklyn Black. The taste is huge. Sweet, roasty, dark fruit hints, alcohol is present and welcomed. Dry, bitterness rounds out the taste, but the massive aftertastes live on. Take your time with this one, it just gets better with every warming sip.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very chocolatey/alcohol aroma w/ slight dark fruit, could be more. No roasty aroma typical of stout. Flavor of the same, chocolaete, not roasty or fruity, body sort of thin for R.I.S. (med.) Nice warming alc.; black/opaque beer w/ tan head.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2002 version. This is the way m imperial stout is to be put together! Opaque lutulent dark liquid with a shiny tan head. Aromas of vinous roasted unmalted barley and dark bitter chocolate. Smooth, oily and silky. Malt, malt and more malt goodness. Vinous, yet not overly so to distract from the maltiness. Lingering roasted tastes. I have one more bottle thanks to hopscotch, and I am going to have to do a side by side with Samuel Smith’s with this one.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tastes like a hersey’s bitter bar! nice robust flavor, somewhat burnt tasting and very muddy indeed!
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a black color and a roasted smell. Taste is smooth roasted malt and finishes with medium bitterness. Overall not a bad stout and it seems I am able to drink them now without puking.