shadow (11) - Oakford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stouts are a clear favorite of mine. I read alot about this one and to come up with a bottle to sample would have been nice. I was fortunate to stumble upon a freshly delivered case. This Brooklyn Black Beauty poured a midnight black with a rich frothy tan head. The aroma hinted of black licorice but the taste was of roasted coffee blended with bittersweet chocolate that went down smooth and creamy as to hide the 8.5% alcohol. A definite inclusion in my top 10.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer present a very serious problem because it is quite good. Paired with chocolate and raspberries it is good in the same way that oysters and champagne or lobster and drawn butter are good. Powerfully smooth, dark as any beer can be and extremely rich. The problem is that it is something like 8.5% alcohol and it is 'a dessert beer.' In other words, in it's ideal setting, you will have already quaffed 3 or 4 beers before you even get here. And the chocolate imperial stout will put you over the edge. After a few sips, the alcohol asserts its self and you will know, beyond any doubt, that this is the beer that's going to put you over the edge. But it's too good with the rasberries and chocolate that you have remembered to drink it with and you will finish it anyway. Like a certain someone from your past, it will be gone when you wake up but the headache will remain. And the next time you meet you're going to do it all over again because we never seem to learn that lesson.
surfmurf (85) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2004
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Ouch! This is a stout and I don't much care for them. i only finished one completely in my life (A Guiness). This reminded me od rubbing alchohol. I dumped it. If you like Stouts though you might want to give it a try judging from all the positives it's received.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a stiff creamy tan head.
Tastes brilliant of chocolate and roasted malt. It's slightly sour even which is a great contrasting flavor that gives this a lot of depth. The alcohol flavor is amazingly hidden.
Mouthfeel and body are great.
A very tasty beer that I am so, so glad I bought when I was out East. Comparing this to Young's Double Chocolate Stout is worthless, they are too different, but both are awesome. Gotta check this one out if you get a chance.
JSmith1181 (13) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What the???????? Who melted the godiva choclate and poured it in while I wasn't looking. Holy Crap. Im a huge fan, I must say you have to have a large appreciation for beer to enjoy this one.
jaysoneslick (24) - Montana, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tastes like chocolate.........................................
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Winter 2003/2004 bottling. Near-black with burgundy highlights. Chocolate, treacle, and roasted malt in the aroma, with more alcohol as it warms. Initially sweet with notes of chocolate fudge and dark fruit, before becoming dominated by relatively full, oily, roasty, bitter chocolate flavours of notable depth. Long finish with a malty, roasted aftertaste layered over some astringent hoppiness. A bit variable, by some accounts, but this was nothing other than highly enjoyable.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 I was happy to find this at my last visit to London! Pours a tar black body with a fine dark tan head. What a beauty!! Aroma is nice and heavy. Lots of chocolate, dark roasted malt, hops, coffee and fruit. Flavor is very full and tasty. It starts with a fruity sourness and ends in a nice bitter coffee and hoppy finish with a fine alcoholic bite. I really love this stuff!
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malt, rich with noticeable alcohol under layer. Dark chocolate brown, creamy crown. Soft texture, nice finished malt well rounded with hoppy but subtle touch. Touch of lighter mocha is nice bonus. Nice balanced brew
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark head, a bit too hoppy, long lasting taste. I like a sip of Southern Comfort between swallows.