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 (3858) - 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 (2439) - 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.
hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
guest taster = Josh! aroma = red licorice, a little sour, red berry, alcohol, very little hint to how dark a beer this is (it isn't sickly sweet or vinous). color = pretty much black (as one would expect). head = yeah, doesn't need one (wouldn't really expect one). flavor = comes in definate stages. first wave = citrus, floral (think edible pansy) second = mild coffee flavors, chocolate, alcohol. third = alcohol quickly burns off revealing treacle, carmel , more coffee but balanced with a sweet orange (like christmas clove oranges). palate = not as substantial as what the aroma supports. review done to Destroyer's streethawk (a seduction).
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2003) pours a rich oily black, zero head only bubbles, thin alcohol layer on top, aroma is rich-roasted and alcoholic, chocolate, wood, light smokiness, hints of coffee, vanilla, and figs; flavor is rich and roasted, slightly burnt, bitter, alcohol – though it is fairly well hidden for such high gravity, warming, coffee, some sweet hints of chocolate, woody, earthy and rich, rich texture – oily, port, fig, hints of maple syrup, vanilla as well
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
The aroma was fair. Some chocolate, coffee and licorice. Thick head with good lacing. Color is deep black with ruby tints. Too bad it led up to a horrible taste. Alcohol was not well masked. This is not a stout but more like black cough syrup.
3fourths (8593) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2004
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 This is a beer for the easily-impressed.
Pitch black with a surprising thick foamy brown head. The aroma is of burnt currants, smoked plums, maple, and burning campfire, all with a hefty dose of alcohol which seems to hide better as this one warms. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, though still thick and frothy, immediate taste of burnt plums and apricots, other dark fruit and some smoking wood chips. Harsh, yes, but still appreciated, with a thick alcohol finish that runs up into the nose and leaves you with a plum, maple and licorice chewiness that is quite nice.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Rich dark brown with a dense, oil-stained brown head. Sharpish, sour, alcoholic aroma. Very strong beer that needs to be drunk respespectfully. Strong ethanol burn and rich flavours. This beer has evolved beyound being a stout but retains some of the grass roots flavours. The complexity goes beyound the normal experience or intuition for a beer drinker and needs some science behind it to understand the 3rd and 4th generation aromatics, developed within this beer.