brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best looking chocolate stout I've had the pleasure to behold. Aroma of course chocolate and roasted malt, a little more timid than I thought it would be, heavy chewy dark chocolate taste, got a little sweeter when it warmed, chocolate cake mix aftertaste, little bitterness came in at the end. A great brew,but I've had fuller and bolder chocolate tastes in stouts
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 00-01 Hugely milk chocolatey. Very smooth despite somewhat lively carbonation. Very heavy. I can’t emphasize enough how sweet this one was.
01-02 Sharper aroma. Very dry overall; more like dark chocolate. Lighter body.
02-03 Not quite as dry as 01-02 and not as sweet as 00-01. I get peanut butter out of this somehow.
03-04 Very close to the 00-01 recipe I believe. Very sweet, thick, rich and robust. Alcohol never stood a chance to be detected in any of these. The overall score is somewhat of an average or something, I guess...
Also, a big shout out to the guys at Ale Atlanta, Georgians for World Class Beer, TheBeerCellar.com, and harlequinn for having me in on their tasting session last night (ouch, my head!) 04-05 Same as before, same as before. 05-06 Strange (and powerful) sour, dark fruit flavor this year. Feels thinner as well.
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark black. very nice aroma, roasty, some hops, lots of fruit. layers of flavors unfold throughout each sip, starts roasty and chocolatey turns fruity, and finishes lightly bitter. great mouthfeel, alcohol shows through in the end. not as well balanced as i expected, but still very good
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
100% opaque body, with a fat head of paper-bag-brown colored bubbles (3/4 inch thick). Smells of sweet chocolate chips, oatmeal cookies and heavy malt. Taste is sweet chocolate, ambrosia (think: flowerly sweet notes), extremely bitter coffee, and a stiff alcohol bite. Aftertaste is same. Personally, I wouldn't call this an Imperial Stout though (certainly not cut from the same cloth as the IS offerings from Victory, Stone or North Coast).It's more of a sweet stout(similar to the Kalazmoo Bells Expedition Stout) with a more powerful alcohol presence than usual. Hopefully these comparisons will make sense to most of you.
Overall, this is definately a top 10 stout, regardless of catergory. It presents a delicious, throat-tingling contrast between sweet chocolate and bitter coffee, and for that it deserves its high ranking. Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased for me at Total Wine and Beverage in McLean, VA by my lovely girlfriend Amy.
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent - the name describes the brew to a T. It's black - the darkest beer I've rated so far (220+ ratings), and it's chocolatey.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff is just absolutely luscious. A divine imperial stout. Pours black as night with a big tan head. Aroma is very sweet, with big hints of chocolate malt. The flavor is big and moist, slightly oily and very rich. Like a piece of french silk pie.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoyed this stout. I smelled and tasted bitter chocolate (bakers' chocolate perhaps?). The head was a nice creamy beige color, and the beer itself was dark. It wasn't as thick as I would have expected, but it worked well.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was a little dissapointed in this stout. It poured quite well, black as night with a decent creamy head. Aroma was chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is chocolate all the way with some alcohol bite. I think this is a bit one dimensional. Not a bad beer but did not live up to the billing.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
sweet vanilla and alcohol aroma, ebony black with an incredibly tight head, great full roasted body then serious alcohol and a chocolate covered espresso bean finish, serious alcohol bite
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got a chance to sample this thanks to a trade with Slob. Limited bottling '03-'04. Dark as night with maybe a tinge of garnet at the edges while held up to bright light. An inch of tan head is settling down quickly. Sensational aroma of bitter sweet chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of licorice. Creamy and delicate mouthfeel. Flavor is definitely semi-sweet chocolate with a dry finish. This is a very nice stout and deserved of its praise.