phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2003 This beer was too intense for me!
This is not my style of beer.
I hated the taste. Updated 11/12/02
I'm going to have another and give more
Re-rated 4/2/03: I finally got back to this beer.
Very dark beer that looks like motor oil. Smells like a strong wine,
with the expectation that this is going to be an intense very
high alcohol beer.
Palate feels very nice and smooth.
I'm shocked at this from memories of the first time
I tried this beer. Room temperature brings out flavors
I've never tasted. Fruity sour apple, sugary taste. The
chocolate winey flavor explodes in my mouth. There is a sour and
bitter bitting taste that I'm shocked to say I'm enjoying. Warm intense feeling
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one kick ass stout. It’s like a party of flavors headbanging in my mouth. Sweet, raisin, java, oh what flavor! The alcohol is hidden real well. A true favorite. ;)
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Update: Sorry folks, I neglected to put a 10 in for flavor when rating!
Feeling a quart low, I picked up a case of this black gold. Actually, I had ordered the 2002 batch about three weeks ago & was anxiously awaiting its arrival. This is some heavy duty brew here! Upon pouring, one quickly discovers this beer is opaque to say the least. Surprisingly, there was a tiny bit of head. The aroma of this beer is sweet, fruity and alcoholic. Tasting this beer is a heavenly experience! Coffee, roasted malt, fig & raisin immediately come to mind. The complexity of this beer is amazing. Eventual numbness of tongue, lips & brain is quickly inevitable. This is a brew for special occasions & would nicely complement a fine cigar.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 2003 version sampled on 7/17/04: Pours the same thick oily dark brown with a thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Body is viscous enough to lightly coat the sides of the glass. Aroma is rich and sweet with plenty of caramel, some milk chocolate, plums, raisins, and even some Baltic porter-style lage yeast. Body continues with its sweetness and nice complexity, but the alcohol starts to come out in the finish with a burn. Not as good as the 2001 version, but perhaps it needs some time to age. Still a quite drinkable monster of a beer...
2001 version sampled on 11/6/02: Pours like oil with a rich beige head of the same viscosity. The aroma is sweet, malty and thick with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Syrupy, roasted malty undertones dominate the palate. The foam coats the side of the glass as I tilt it toward my mouth in an attempt to avoid the inevitable. This is an incredibly well-balanced brew which only gets better as it warms. This is the best job of masking alcohol that I have ever had. Oh...and I'm not kidding when I say I'm driving to Delaware this weekend to pick up a case.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I figure the bottle is around one year old, considering they release this in early November. Split into two separate chalices, an aggresive pour yielded a bit of head. My first impression is it smells like a refined version of Sam Adams Triple Bock (although such a comparison is an insult): soy, molasses, and alcohol. It sticks to the glass like no other beer I’ve had. Absolutely delicious sweet, choclate-y malt dominates. When cooler, the finish is a bit smoky and astringent, but as it reaches room temperature...maybe one of the best lingering aftertastes around. Not to mention how they mask all that EtOH?! Gets better with every sip. Outstanding. An ideal brew for my 150th.
BIG746 (13) - Hockessin, Delaware, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From 1999, enjoyed this while watching the game last night. Black, thick, no head at all. Smells like dark caramel, maybe espresso. Heavy, thick, coating feel on the tongue. Sweet, warming. Incredible....
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet port-like cherry nose. No head till I splashed once too much then a dark brown head appeared slightly. Cherry, chocolate, cocoa chewy mouthfeel. Espresso, maple, lots happening here. Oh, and warming alcohol. Definetly a sipper. Wow-thanks again alcfron!
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drunk out of a Chimay glass. Pitch black, no carbonation, no head. Strong Hershey’s chocolate syrup flavor. I need to sip this before it makes me start crawling. A taste treat I couldn’t handle much of but on special occasions. Thanks to austinpowers for this beauty.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Re-rate... Bottle... 2003 (18%)... This beer rocks!... What a gem! So close to being "perfect"! Impenetrably black with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Good lacework. Light can’t even penetrate the cellophane-thin coating of beer on the side of the glass as the liquid within is swirled. Poor retention, but a thin layer of wispy, stratus-like head remains atop the beer throughout.
The nose is of shoe polish, tire rubber, used motor oil, alcohol and sweaty socks... but in a good way! ;-)
Extremely well-balanced by the hops and alcohol. More balance than most beers with less than half this one’s ABV.
Flavors of espresso, smoke, wood and earth. Ridiculously full-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish! As good as 2001’s batch was, this year’s batch kicks it’s ass... and mine too. Goodnight. It’s lights-out for me!...
<<>> Bottle... 2001 (18%)
This beer rocks!...
The aroma is malty and sweet. Espresso and dark chocolate. Slight burn in the nose from the ridiculously high ABV.
Total lack of color. Pitch Black. Medium sized, creamy, tan head. Completely lasting with excellent lacing.
Malty and "SIPPIN’ SWEET." An afterthought of bitterness. HUGE CHOCOLATE and WARM ALCOHOL. Notes of vanilla and coffee.
Creamy mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Full-bodied. Medium length bitter-sweet finish. Awesome Imperial Stout!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Number 200. Continuing the Angels victory celebration. Poured with virtually no head. At its best it was 1/8’ and disappearing quick. Dark as night and very thick. Alcohol is hidden flawlessly. I think this has been described by many more verbose than me so I will leave it as this is a must try. Theres a reason it rates where it does and you’ll have to try it to understand.Many THANKS to hoprus for this gem!