badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 2003 vintage, tasted February 23, 2004 : Black body with a lasting but thin head. The nose warns of the impending flavors. Hints of chocolate and coffee are overwhelmed by the prevailing rum and pure alcohol flavors. I will hunt down another bottle to cellar and see if it matures into something great, but for right now, this is by far the most disappointing beer I’ve ever had. I’m not sure how others found complexity, but it struck me as a boring stout ramped up in alcohol content. Re-Rate, December 8, 2005: I got another bottle of 2003 WWS to finally try again, now that my palate has experienced a wider array (especially Impy stouts) and I had hoped this would save this beer for me. Sadly, no. It was just as plain. Alcoholic malt that’s not as sour as a malt liquor. Same score as before, except palate went up by one. Depressing.
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
To me this is not a beer! This is a port wine stout! The problem with this beer is that is has no head. This is actually starting to grow on me. very warming. It is perfect on a witner's night in front of the fireplace.
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer, hides the 18.8% ABV very well... But, at $9 a bottle where I live, a tad bit overpriced, when I can get a six pack of Victory Storm King for $9!
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A thick pour, with strong sweetness in the odor. little head and don't try seeing through the glass. Must be sipped, complex yet unlike others I find the alcohol present in the flavor. $7.50 a 12oz in Fl and worth it
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Pours out black, acually had some brown head and it lasted for a while too. Big sweet molasses aroma, some alcohol, malt, chocolate. Flavor was pretty stoutish, but again quite sweet, some alcohol but not much, plum, licorice, molasses. Massive body, very good masking of a beer this high in alcohol. Quite a nice treat. 8/4/9/5/18
Re-Rate: 2004 Bottle. I’m picking up some metallic notes on the end of the flavor which definitely took it down a notch. Still very nice and quite impressive, but a little hot. 8/4/8/4/16
Score is kind of the average between the two.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
18.8 version. The best Imerial Stout, and possibly the best beer I've ever had. Mouth watering toffee, chocolate aroma. Poured like oil with no lasting head. Bursting with chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts, coffee, and of course, alcohol. I was expecting to be laid out by the alcohol wallop, but it was only noticed at the swallow. Dangerously smooth and delicious. Sadly, at $9 for a 12oz. bottle, and being so rare, I doubt I'll taste more.
GodsStar (3) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
A vender urged me to try this brew. He keyed in the high alcohol content which intrigued me. I was blown away by the effect of the brew! WOW ! The taste is a little like thinking you're going to use maple syrup on pancakes but you pour it on and it ends up being molasses. In fact, it’s a little syrupy itself. More champagne than ale, I recommend this brew for true beer lovers who enjoy a good “Kick” from their ale. This kicks ALL the Canadian “high octane” beers out of the running.
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 18.8% bottle-Pours pitch black with very little tan head. smell of plums and roasted dark chocolate. palate is about as thick as you can get. flavors of chocolate, coffee, smoke and vodka. This beer is just to much for me. 12% imperial stouts are about the limit for me to consume.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn: wow: Smells of dark chocolate and alcohol. Great malt presence. The beer is intensely dark with a medium tan head. The taste is richly complex ; dark chocolate, raisons, coffee, cherries, plums and liqorice. The alcohol presence was surprisingly mello. My advice: drink slowly and savor every drop.This is not a beer, this is in a barley nectar.
Blockhead (11) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, you don't know me, so my opinion is just that, another opinion. However, I will assure you that I am very well versed in beer, particularly stouts. A buddy and I got our local beer retailer to get this brew and we were quite excited. I've been waiting many years to find it, and was surprised that we were finally going to be able to try it. We paid $7 a beer (we split a case). We each went home and simultaneously took our first swig while on the phone so we could immediately compare notes. We eached swigged and there was a long silence. It's obvious that lots of time and effort went into this beer. TONS of flavor. Unfortunately, even the 18% makes one wonder if we had inadvertently picked up someone else's half-drunken beer that someone had dumped their unwanted bourbon into. Sorry fellas, the alcohol content overwhelms every good aspect of this beer. The nose is alcohol, the first taste is alcohol and the after taste is alcohol. Might as well just drink a nice scotch instead. two thumbs down. For the life of us we can't figure out what all the hype is about. Even worse than Belzebuth, which is just simplu undrinkable.