Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark toffee, heady aroma. Lots going on there!
Very little brown head, that did a bit of lacing. The colour is incredibly thick and dark.
Beautiful body, somewhat sweet flavour - fruit and coffee. Long, pleasant aftertaste of coffee.
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
oh yes!!! here´s something that I like. Arome reminded me a bit of Schwarzwalder Tirschwasser, it had this forrest feel to it, some burn malt and a little hoppy aroma. That aroma, was maybe the most complex aroma I´ve ever felt of a brew, simply excellent, I could smell this all night. Appearance was just picture perfect for an imperial stout! nuff said!!! Taste reminded me of peaches, plumes, fruits, burned malt, some hops, a very complex taste. This is just an awesome brew, a kick ass for any occasion
Sammy (9693) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 (2003) Lock the doors and don’t plan to do anything else for the night but sleep. Its like having 3-4 beers. More fun with a second person. Black and beautiful.
This is an advertised 18% alcohol level and it has an impact if not sipped. I taste rum, dates and figs, over-the-top barley mix. Moderate fruity stout and some chocolate.
This was real good and the perfect cap to a night of sampling, and I agree that’s its a 90 percentile, not a 100 percentile. Opaque and thick pour. Good roasty malty aroma Good roast, chocolate malts, perfect carbonation, not as overwhelming alcohol as the 23% 2003.
Thanks Doug Shoemaker for sharing. Thanks Radek for giving this gift to Doug.
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Darkness like a black hole. A large light brown head faded to a thin scum. Aroma was overpowering with deep chocolate, honey, peaches, a little coffee. The alcohol is very warming. Lots of peach and sweetness. Also, butter, coffee, maple, anise and brown sugar.The mouthfeel is creamy and full. Absolutely wonderful but, almost too much alcohol.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich black color with a very thin, almost unnoticeable head. Aroma is sweet, surprisingly. The flavor is intensely complex--I can't even begin to imagine what goes into this beer. Variously I can taste licorice and something sweet, like cherry or, well, I just don't know. The alcohol is a little much but not excessive enough of a flavor to ruin the terrific boquet of tastes. Overall, I find this beer quite enjoyable (or is that my buzz making me think I enjoyed it?).
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: very alcoholic scents, tainted with slight dark coffee and chocolate scents. Also, roasted malts and hints of sweetness.
Appearance: very dark, tan head. Lots of lacing.
Flavor: Overwhelmingly alcoholic, some sweetness--like a wine. Slight chocolate in the finish--but really have to look for it. Reminds me of liquid cold medicine--highly alcoholic, thick and clears the sinuses.
Palate: thick, smooth and clears the nose. Finish is slightly chocolately, but so alcoholic, tastes like burning.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle - 2003 vintage] I remember having the 2002 World Wide Stout and was absolutely blown away by it, so I definitely was excited to try this one. The aroma is delicious. Sweet malts with a hint of dark cherries and maybe a touch of licorice underneath. You can definitely smell the alcohol, although it does not quite smell like 18%. The pour is captivating as well. Dark black with a thin tan head. There is a little tan near the outside rim of the glass but you cannot really see it well. Now for the taste. All I can say is wow. The flavor explodes in your mouth. Right at the front is that sweet cherry taste mixed with the licorice. That is followed with a strong malt flavor and a hard alcohol kick. Very creamy mouthfeel with a slightly bitter roasted coffee aftertaste. Warms you up going down.
Dorwart (2452) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow where to start. Was able to obtain a nice dense brown head from a vigorous pour. Awesome, intoxicating, complex aroma. Sweet malts with black cherries, dark chocolate, a hint of alcohol and roasted grains. Color is a thick, deep black. BOOM. Flavor explosion. Rich and meaty with more roasted grains, black licorice and a BIG alcohol kick. Makes the gums tingle. Finish is thick and creamy and warms as it goes down. Slightly bitter also. Very good flavor and even though it is 18+ alcohol, very easy drinking which could get you in big trouble real fast. The high alcohol level does hide some of the flavor though. A beer for the ages though.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting and impressive stout. Pours with almost no head and looks like a strong, dark roasted coffee. Some coffee and licorice in the nose. STRONG tasting. I almost fell over and definitely made a bitter beer face as I was expecting such a fierce explosion of alcohol and barley. Overall, I was a little disappointed. Compare with most beers this is an A, however when judged on its own terms compared with others in the genre, I would give it a C+ grade. I never thought I'd write these words, but it is possible for a beer to be too strong/rich/high in alcohol I suppose!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with one inch brown head and lots of lace. The aroma is quite dark, like molasses, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is sweet, roasted, malty, molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, alcohol, and alcohol. The palate is rich for the alcohol percentage. Overall, this is a joy of a high ABV brew.