joet (1993) - 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 53°F sampled up to 57.5°F. 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 can’t believe this is 18%ABV. Again it has that clean Dogfish Head profile despite a barrage of flavor. An amazing brewing accomplishment.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, black, black- where the light does come through around the edges is orange-y. Head was non-existent- some lingering big bubbles hanging out at the edges. Nose was Worchestire with alcohol. The alcohol is amazingly well-hidden until the esophagus. Soft, round, sweet. Mouthfeel was not nealry as overbearing as the appearance would leave one to believe. Wonderful to just sip on. I can’t wait until our short Texas winter to pop open another.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, finally a chance to sample this ’Highly Touted’ Stout, my thanks to ’Don Bible’ for this bottle. Pours a deep brown to black, the head is large, creamy and deep chocolate in color, the lace clings in sheets to the ’Chalice’ as ’NO’ other glass can hold such a ’Renowned’ brew. Nose is bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, sweet with what seems hints of vanila. Sweet is the start, the top full, the finish is creamy rich, nicely hopped, dry, lightly carbonated, and a dry lingering aftertaste. Most cetainly a top notch stout, and it will rank high on my ’Master List’ of Stouts.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
’Black as night..I want to see the sun, blotted out from the sky’. Almost the viscosity of motor oil, yet still silky smooth. Very subtle fruitiness in the aroma, the presentation is overall fabulous, and I could rate it higher, if I could actually drink more than half of one without falling over. Roasty smells and flavor, alcohol is remarkably well hidden.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Now, I like strong beer as much as the next person, but what is all the commotion about? It tastes much like the Immort Ale I tried a couple years ago, except I could finish even less of it. Strong notes of vodka in the smell and taste. An interesting, peppery aftertaste. Glad I tried it, but not glad I had to pay for it.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a very rich chocolate aroma and taste. More mild than I expected but very smooth. Surprisingly - very little noticeable alcohol taste/aroma.
shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2009 Black pour with a thin brown head. Nutty and alcoholic aroma. This beer would have tasted a LOT better without all the alcohol. I tasted hints of different things, then got beat over the head with the alcohol. GREAT buzz though. Not sure it was worth the $10 I paid for one bottle though. 8/5/6/5/14
RERATE: Pitch black pour with no head. Aroma is mild chocolate with some nice alcohol fumes. Flavor is much sweeter than I remember. Dark chocolate and oaky smoothness.
2005 Bottle cellared until December 2009. Pour is oily and black with no head. This has thinned considerably and is no longer is more alcoholic in texture than I remember. Too much age at this point.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rediculous! This beer could kill people! Very, very strong beer. Black with a thin beige head. The aroma was chocolate, the taste was dominated by more chocolate and roasted fruit. There was a noticable alcohol taste....duh! 18%!! I would best describe this beer as a Rasputin with all of the flavors magnified beyond belief....a bit much, but a very distinguished beer nonetheless.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is unrealistically strong! I’m a dark beer fan, but I have to say that this one was a little too assertive for me. The taste was strong chocolate with noticeable alcohol. I knew that we were in for a huge beer as it poured; the thickness was unbelieveable and the head was very small. The bold chocolate/coffee taste is still prominent in the finish. Overall it reminds me of a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout but a lot stronger.
Davhgbrew (752) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
OH YEAH!! I have been waiting 6 months for this brew, and the wait was absolutely well worth it! Aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, and slight alcohol. Absolutely pitch black, with a creamy brown head. The palate is thick and creamy and extremely complex. The 18%abv is hardly noticable. Finishes long and indescribable. I thought I had found my perfect beer with Rochefort 10, but move over because this beer KICKS ASS!!!