Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 Nice black pour with almost no carbonation. Malty, chocolate and dried fruit. This stuff is a monster for sure.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 2003: Near black body, small brown head, burnt fruit nose with banana notes. Nose is less sweet and less alcoholic than 2002 vintage - a good thing. Flavor is far better than 2002, with roasty malts, banana, rum, coffee, molasses and a hint of chocolate. Slight bitterness in the finish, with sweet banana. Nice mouthfeel, and alcohol is far less prevalent than 2002. Great stuff.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much better flavor than the 23%. However You still have to swish this one around in your mouth a little to get used to the taste. This is a lot like a port wine in many aspects. I detected subtle hints of raisons, and maybe plums? More carbonation than the 23%, but it still dissapates just as quickly. Much effort went into the making of this stout.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black opaque pour, very little fizz and minimal foam. Intense dark malty aroma, dark fruits: raisins, cherries prunes, molassses, port, obvious alcohol content. Sweet thick palate, licorice, cassis, burnt raisin bread. Thick and syrupy right through to the aftertaste with an impressive growing alcohol warmth. Finishes more like a port. While I thought it was a great beer, it loses marks for drinkability because I had a hard time finishing it. Oh for the 7 oz bottle.
Dogbrick (8682) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of From The Vine in Lewis Center, OH. 2003 Bottle: Pours a viscous black color with a thin milk chocolate-brown head. Very little head retention and thin lacing. Powerful alcohol in the nose right off the bat, with a nice underlying roasted malt and chocolate character. The body is big and rich, with a complex blend of chocolate, malt, coffee and plum in the flavor. The finish is where the light alcohol burn reminds you it hasn't gone anywhere since the initial whiff. There is some bitter coffee in the finish as well. Overall this is a really good Imperial that will be fantastic if aged a bit.
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Welcome, one and all, to Suttree's first ever live beer tasting! Starting with aroma - first is the mere-ist whiff of alcohol, then a big chocolate fudge aroma, witha a hint of smoke. Appearance? Black, with ever so slight red hi-lites. What head is there is goes away quickly. Ahh, time to describe the flavor - Well, to start, there is the aforementioned fudge - thick and chocolately. Then some fruit, like plums and sherry. Familiar flavors of red wine and port pop up, some, to. Cakey flavors - vanilla and chocolate - are there, as well. it finishes with a hint of crispness, but not particularly dry. Continuing on - as it warms, earthy, but still mellow, tastes of caramel and toffee and espescially molassess begin to assert themselves. There is also a touch of honey, but the chocolate fudge flavor is the real flavor here. Eventually, a few coffee flavors come through. The palate is rich and what I expect from an Imperial. I can't remember what I rated the 23%, but i like this better. It kinda makes the 23 look like a parlor trick - "Look how high we can get the alcohol!" - but this is a real beer, well made and complex. Yes, it is that good.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had from bottle - 2003 release
The beer pours with no head or lacing and a strong aroma of alcohol and malt. Appearance is a very dark red. Taste is very sweet, syrupy with a strong flavoring of alcohol not masked very well. An enjoyable beer, but you really can't have too much as I had to split this one with a friend.
Lubiere (10472) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMM...wonderful chocolate and alcohol nose, with chocolate covered fruits in the mouth. Nice hopiness which is able to come out from the thick onctuous beer.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn fine beer. Little to no head, lacing, or carbonation. Very smooth, but rather sweet. I would drink it again, but only one at a time. Nice beer!
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque with a dark brown minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, alcohol, toasted malt. Sweet. Tastes of chocolate and deep roasting. Mild hops add a nice finish that reminds me of roasted peanuts. Smooth, thick texture. My palate seems to be swinging away from sweet for the time being, but very enjoyable! Thank you Secret Santa!