Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003: Pours thinner than I had expected. The taste has some roast and chocolate but is overpowered by a sweetness and booziness. I agree with kbjames that there is a belgian strong ale feel to this beer. It did not feel like a stout in the way the 2002 struck me. Not enough hop bite to balance the sweetness. Almost like a thin liquor.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 This is a really, really, good beer that I’m glad I tried a 2nd time around. Its different than your average imp stout and has a lot more alcholol in the attack than your average brew. But its very dark and very tasty...good stuff.
DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I live about an hour from Delaware, and have been fortunate enough to have tried several bottles of this beer (although I must admit to not knowing which vintages I tried). It is a very bold, imperial style stout. The alcohol presence is definitely there, but it is not overpowering. The malt flavor is intense, with shades of prunes, blackberries, port wine, and coffee on the palate. This beer is great with dark chocolate. It is hard to find, though, and may be a little pricey for some at 5-7 bucks per 12-oz bottle. In my mind, one of the better imperial style stouts in the world.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
black in color, but poured with virtually no head - maybe the bottle was bad; I didn't believe the rater that described the taste as salty, but it actually does have a salty taste; also very sweet with a very definite alcohol aftertaste
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark. Strong malty aroma. Flavour is malty, sweet, a bit salty. Full body and flavour, nice balance.
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2003 version. It's St Pattys Day and I needed a stout and this is my 600 rating. Wowzers!!! This was better than the 2002. This had a good sweet roasty flavor all the way through. Alcohol was not hidden very well but who's complaining
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh, My. Wow. Had the pleasure of trying this and Dark Lord at the same time. Ecstasy. Pours opaque black with tan head. Complex nose of chocolate, cofffee, fruit, molasses, sugar, and more. The flavor is beyond my ability to do justice. This was fantastic. Thanks to Gasspasser and The Alcoholist for sharing.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 WOW dark with big late forming medium lasting brown rich head. The nose is full of alcohol and malts and hops present in the back. The taste is very alcoholy with lots of malts and hops. Very vaporish and exciting. The body is full and spicy and vaporish. Quite Good. Oh yeah
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black oblivion for a color with a miniscule layer of head on top. The smell is not overly impressive, faint chocolate and sweetness of caramel. If you get past the alcohol presence, there is a little bit of coffee hiding behind it. Flavor is pretty smooth for what this is, notes of coffee that linger in your mouth and a bitterness that isnt to potent, but just enough to let the beer flow down easy enough for a heavy hitter. From what I remember from the 23%, this is much less brutal, so the complexity comes through in a more pleasant fashion.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a bit shocked to see this in my local grocery store, especially considering what I had to go through to get the 23%. This was definitely a more palatable beer than it's more potent cousin. Very thick vinous sweetness mixed with a not so burning alcohol combine to give a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Thick woody notes and a yeasty raisiny character lend quite a bit of interest to the burly malt, and the overall appeal of this beer just gives it more of a finished quality than the 23%. My only qualm here is that the aroma is just a tad on the alchoholic side, hinting to a much more alchoholic than flavorful beer...luckily misleadingly so.