SilkTork (5180) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Picked this up in my local supermarket and didn't realise it's been gathering so many high ratings. Gee, I must be so out of step with the rest of you guys because I didn't quite get the reasons for such acclaim. It's a dryish stout with evident alcohol. Very dark with a coffee coloured head that soon settles into a dirty ring with a slight foam in the centre. Alcohol dominated aroma through which plastic and coffee notes waft upwards. The alcohol fumes tip this in the direction of an Imperial Stout but without the complexity or attractiveness. A rather simplistic alcohol fired stout aroma. Not great. A creamy mouthfeel with some barely noticeable fizz. The creaminess fades away wetly. Dry stout flavours and alcohol. Too much alcohol for too little reward. Not impressed.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour. Nice white creamy head. Strong dry chocolate, caramel and liquorice in the flavour. Finish malty and powerful with some tobacco-notes. The palate is warm and sweet. Malty with hints of brown sugar and caramel. Very good brew!
beerguy717 (20) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Substantial chocolate aroma. Murky color with a rich tan head. Big mouthfeel and good malt-hop balance. Well made a wonderfully decadent.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 dark as the ink-soaked wick in a jumbo magic marker, light can only caress the outer edge and report back with rumours that the impermiable ebony may indeed yield to an overwhelming onslaught of incandesence, and only then, deep within --to lay bare it’s leathery burnt umbers. vivacious and alert with activist carbonation, the head is a burlap colored mat thick as a bran muffin-top. the aroma is discernable from afar, to guide the wayward nose downward like the bright beacon of airport runway lights. the bouquet has smoky malts emulating raisins sauteed in buttery molasses and meats of dried plum, notes of roses and brandy, with a gentle confectionary spring shower of lindt chocolate. the flavor knows many truths that hershey chocolate only guessed at; a heart of candied hop-toffee bitterness is the chewy filling to the silky black chocolate and pinot noir exterior. the alcohol flatters and hypnotizes with it’s firm guiding hand, saying: "you’re not fat, you’re not overindulgent, there are neither worries nor exigencies to distract you... you deserve this, you need this, i’ve got you, friend. you must relax, submit, and dream"...
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The_Beer_God rocks for sending me some samples of this brew!
Vintage 2003: Pours a totally opaque black body, with a condensed but creamy caramel colored head, it’s dissipating quickly~/.
The aroma is again less pronounced than I was expecting, but notes of figs, apricots, raisins, and barrel aged whisky come to mind. The flavor is not nearly as chocolaty as I had projected it to be? Undoubtedly suggestions of almonds and salted cashew nuts, some deep coffee submissions, but only small notes of chocolate; hey, where the F are you hiding? Oddly enough, I am picking up evident notes of this time, a rum that I had at a tasting the other night, “Matusalem Clasico,” but as with the whisky I detected in the nose, this rum is aged in oak barrels for 10 years. This obviously has some suggestions of oak, a strong presence of alcohol, and a robust smoky attitude.
The palate is terrific, creamy and delicate…very pleasurable! I am very pleased that I have one more that I can age, maybe once the beer settles and flavors intermingled and mellow the chocolaty flavors will be more pronounced; but as for now, I have really enjoyed it!
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black color with a small brown head. This is one of the best imperial stouts that I have tried. Lots of chocolate flavor with wonderful complexity and bountiful aroma.
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of roasted nuts, deliciously sweet malt, yummy! Appearance is deep dark black with brown head that is reatained. Flavor is chocolate, delicious roast, and a dash of alcohol. Excellent, will drink more!!!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coal black color,small dark brown head that faded fast but left a nice lace.Malted milk ball aroma with plenty of chocolate malts and chocolate all around,with just a mild hint of alcohol coming through.The flavor is sweet and mildly sour but has a very nice chocolate side that comes through loud and clear,the alcohol does manage to make itself known but not harshly but as part of the over all experience and flavor.There are also flavors of dark chocolate and coffee tones coming through as it warms.The after taste is chocolate and coffe with a nice gentle alcohol warming as it goes down.This is a fantastic brew and i have to Thank Urbnhautebourg for providing me with such a flavorful brew.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a pitch black oily liquid light can not penetrate with medium to small dark caramel colored hear that dissipates almost slowly leaving a thin film of head. Aroma is of sweet molasses, espresso, cocoa, caramel, and alcohol which doesn't make it too unpleasant in this case. Flavor is a deeply rich coffee-espresso, caramel with noticable molasses/alcohol that isn't unpleasant. A little sour, not dry, it makes the lips sticky, and overall is very, very enjoyable. The lacing is splotchy. A great seasonal brew. Definitely one for the mix. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of alcohol and chocolate. Deep black in color with a nice, pillowy head of small bubbles. Very, very smooth for 8.5% abv. Very thick and malty on the palate with an alcoholic finish. Very chocolatey.