SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 from bottle
Drank from bottle, Flavor and aroma bursting with chocolate flavor. Nice rich mouthful. As the beer warmed the chocolate aromas were in full force, as was the bitter aftertaste, I was actually about to taste the alcohol in the end. It would make a perfect match with chocolate cake.
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
ever had Godiva chocolate liqueur?
It is supposed to be the essence of chocolate in alcoholic form. I just bought some to use in baking chocloate cakes and truffles.
This beer beats it, easily.
The true essence of chocolate is not candy, it is raw, musky jungle-love.
This beer has it.
Smoky and feverish. Made me rub my gums with my fingers like I had just eaten cocaine. And Iíve never eaten cocaine! ;)
Wistful aftertaste, like the aroma of a forbidden lover.
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colour with a brownish head. Taste of chocolate and coffee. Very long finish.
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black, the actual stream coming from the bottle is opaque. Has a dark tan head. Aroma is chocolatey. Bitter chocolate flavor abounds, finishes with a very pleasant mocha flavor. Quite delicious. Iím glad its a winter brew, it has the exact same effect on me as a cup of hot chocolate.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Kramer17801... pours a black color with a small tan head and small bit of tan lacing. Aroma is roasty and chocolatey with a big body. Flavor doesnít disappoint: warm and roasty with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable stout!
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too massive. I like the dryness imparted by stouts in the aftertaste, this has very little of that.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Winter 03 04 Bottle. Pitch black pour, small tan head. Wonderful aroma of roasted coffee beans, red wine, and rich dark chocolate - very nice. Mouthfeel is very full and active - not syrupy like some imperial stouts can be. The taste is one of the most full flavoured beers I have ever tried and somehow seems very original despite standard excellent imperial stouts characteristics; tons of roasted coffee bean flavours and a good mix of cocoa, well balanced with some alcohol and slight bitterness at the end. Lovely lingering roasted flavours. Wow, full of flavour and original, a fantastic beer, very grateful my wife picked this up on a recent trip to New York City.
blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yummy! Enjoy this with a good chocolate chip cookie. Dark as pop syrup with no visibility. Strong taste at first and finishes with a weaker coffee taste. Enjoy one.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Original rating 6/4/7/4/16=3.7 - 12oz - Winter 2004 - Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and black licorice. Pours a solid black with a small brown ring for head and great lacing. Flavor is strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Palate is creamy and smooth. Very tasty stout. I think a year or two will clear out the alcohol to make it even better.
RE-RATE same vintage as first rating, just a year later. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and black licorice. Flavor is strong roasted dark malts, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Palate is creamy and smooth. The alcohol has faded substantially and lets the true flavor shine. It is still warming letting you know itís there, but it does not control the experience. A truly great imperial stout.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - OCT 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
finally i got my hand on this babe, which will be my next batch of homebrew. fortunately, it does not dissapoint me. jet black w/ brown head. chocolate aroma, as advertised, with hints of roasted malt currant. sweet, creamy and ... tasty.