beerschnob99 (4) - USA - JUL 20, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh my God. This íbeerí is absolutely fantastic. If you like complex flavors this is your beer. The alcohol is there, but you wouldnít guess it is 18%. The alcohol intensity rivals Chimay blue label (which is very mild). This is probably my favorite beer--Right up there with Westvleteren Abt 12. A MUST Have. Look on ebay.com for some!
homebrewrules99 (37) - portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh yea this Stout is truely Magnicent in evey asspece of aroma flavor this should be the standard that all are measured the abv is a little to high but is well masked in the brew
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can a beer have to much flavor.....or cost to much? At six bucks for a 12 oz bottle both of the above may be true. Well worth the try, but six dollars a bottle?!
MoeStCool99 (6) - Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Stuff! Who needs food when you have a Stout like this?
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this beer poured as black as the night. No light is getting thru this brew. Formed a small, very dark tan head that left some lace. An aroma of coffee, chocolate and plum. The flavor was an interesting mix of coffee, chocolate plum and cherry. A hint of alcohol, but not bad considering itís 18%. Some aspects of an imperial, but too sweet to fall under that catagory. The finish was light, which I wasnít expecting in this heavy style of a beer. Definately a sipping type of beer. Still wonít be able to get it in Ohio, but at itís price, I would probably be broke most of the time. Well worth trying in spite of the hefty price.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black tar-like appearance. Very little head. Aroma is HUGE. Malt, alcohol, soy, roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is almost spritzy which was quite surprising. A bit of almost tropical-fruit like flavors in the initial flavor. The finish is slighly buttery. In between in just loads of malt. Almost shockingly lacking alcohol flavor at 18%. Just scary how drinkable this is. Defintatley tastes like beer despite its heavyweight abv. Hell of a beer.
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great tasting experience...one of those brews you think about after itís gone. Those who says its abv is hidden are a little misleading...the alcohol is apparent, but thatís what makes it such an interesting brew. It would take too much room to discuss this one, but others have hit the mark. May not be the most refined flavored beer out there, but itís definitely one of the best tasting experiences.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 3, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
To quote M. Doughty, íit goes black, black, black, black and blacker.í Head poured to a mere faint, shimmering of tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass. Some alcohol in the aroma, yes, but also some dark chocolate and a roasted, almost smoked maltiness. Huge amount of flavor. Noticeable alcoholic, warming feel going down the gullet. Espresso, chocolate, a tad of very dark brown sugar sweetness (almost molasses), raisin, and probably some other type of liquor that I donít know about because Iíve never tasted it. Finish goes on for what seems like forever. It really helps you appreciate everything thatís going on the beer, though, because the finish and flavor have great development. Truly incredible. the mouthfeel and balance are unbelievable. It is almost creamy, in an íincredibly huge beerí way. The only beer Iíve had that tastes even similar to this is the Free State Owd Macís, and I must amazedly admit that I still prefer Free Stateís, but just barely (and thatís saying a *lot*!!). Odds are it would be a tie if I could sample this one on cask/draught from the brewery or somewhere located close to it. Incredibly delicious, especially for being so strong abv-wise. I used to be afraid of beer this strong, but not anymore. World class. MJ says íit makes you say íJesusí.í I owe you one for this, Scott. Wow. Note: Make sure you have a proper snifter before you think about opening this.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazingly refined taste. The malts and coffee appearance masquerades the high 18%ABV. Donít drink this alone.
joet (1991) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two pours into identical clean glasses, one has a foamy head, one has nothing. Served at 53įF sampled up to 57.5įF. Anise, chocolate, oak in the nose. Flavor is lush on a flat soft feel. A bit of smoke in a stoutish body with anise, fruit, raisins, chocolate and some black pepper. I canít believe this is 18%ABV. Again it has that clean Dogfish Head profile despite a barrage of flavor. An amazing brewing accomplishment.