MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the new batch (2003). Deep dark and delicious! Light carbonation. Aroma of alcohol, roast, and chocolate. Flavor starts as a nice Russian Imperial, then explodes with alcohol, vanilla, raisin and other stuff. Flavor lingers on the palate. Excellent evening of sipping with this one!. Have had other batches, but long ago. Stomped so many brain cells since then, I don't remember them very well for comparison.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hey this one is much better in '03 than in '02. The flavor is rich and coffee-like. Frothy, and roasty. It's not too heavy on the syrup or molasses at all, like last year's. Chocolate and maybe even some caramel. Very smooth and creamy.
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2006 [2003 bottle] This so kicks the 23% versionís ass - okay, well thatís not really fair considering the fact that the vast difference makes them two VERY different beers - pour is pure black, with a compact, dark brown head that shrinks to a moderate lacing - huge nose of molassas and plums (with noticable alcohol burning the nostrils slightly) - intense flavors of plums, raisins, caramel, coffee - some distinctly port-like characteristics - a tiny bit of hops come out near the finish, with a surprisingly minute alcohol burn - this is much less sweet than last yearís version, and balances out much better - go out and buy a whole case of it, right now!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 The pour is jet black with an average mocha head. Nose is light bitter chocolate with a wiff of port or brandy. Flavor is rich and sweet with chocolate, hints of coffee and maybe some vanilla. Finish is lightly bitter and somewhat dry. Palate is full and smooth. The alcohol warms the throat and tummy. It's a sipper not a quaffer.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is such an amazing brew. Pours blacker than black, with little head, and a flavor thats sweet yet not overpowering. Goes down smooth and the flavor is just right.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
About damn time I made it around to trying this fine fine brew. Deep black color with a solid chocolate colored head. Has a beautiful dark chocolate aroma that finely masks all the alcohol. Has a very nice chocolate covered cherry vibe to the body. Excellent brew.
egajdzis (5458) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Poured black with a small tan head that left great lacing on my snifter that was served at the brewpub. Aroma of toffee, roasted barley and just a small amount of alcohol. Coffee, chocolate, licorice were noted biggest in the taste. This was fairly sweet and alcohol was noticed after the fact. This is really good and much better than last years!
sloth (2569) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Large dark brown head that lasts, good lacing also. BIG roasty, coffee nose, nice fruityness with some hints of alcohol. Full Bodied! As it warms more aromas are coming through, cherries, peaches some smoke. Creamy luciuos mouthfeel, feels good sliding down yer throat, warming. Vinous, chocolatey, black malt. A very complex beer.Subdued roastiness. 18% alc. hard to fathom, its well hidden. I,ve been sitting on this bottle for at least 2-3 years now, maybe longer though. Original first offering i believe. I,m impressed, a totally drinkable big ass brew! DFHs best i,d say.WOW! Finish is med sweet, roasty, coffeeish, damn fine aftertaste. Just totally impressive. MMMMM, AHHHHHHH. Wished i had purchased more back then. Who,da thunk?
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Totally opaque black. Head lingered for a while, and after dissapating,left a nice foam ring around my Kasteel glass. I canít believe this is 18%. This is so smooth, I could guzzle it easily (of course I wouldnít). I smell a lot of molasses. Taste is molasses, chocolate, raisons, dates and plum (I stole a few of those from the other
reviews). Compared to other top imperial stouts, this is by far the smoothest per ABV, and may be the smoothest overall. I would have to drink this with my other favorites like Speedway, and Storm King to pick a winner. Maybe itís the fact that Iím drinking this from a Kasteel glass, but this tastes kind of similar to the almighty Kasteel itself. They both have that toffee, port-plum flavor. Itís not as chocolately as Speedway. For the price, I would pick Speedway I think, and possibly Sonoran Inebriator (I have to try that again). If price wasnít an issue, this might be the best. I really shouldnít say that though without doing a side by side comparison of the others. By the way, my bottle does not say itís 18%. The guy at the store had to call the buyer to find out which one it was. I wonder if he actually made the call or if he pulled that out of his ass. Anyway, the label looks like the one in the picture above. This shite is good . Rerate: This is the second bottle Iíve had. Itís very consistent with my review above. I taste chocolate and raisons more than anything this time. It is so smooth and creamy. The fact that this is just about 19%, it is really amaizing. I know I like BB Speedway the best. Iíll have to try this against the regular Speedway to pick second best. This is near perfect. Iíve had a lot of Storm Kings lately, and IMO, does not compare to this or Speedway. I still think this tastes like Kasteel. I think Iíll crack open a bottle of it after this. Rererate 020507:This is 18%? It canít be true. This stuff is so unbeleivably good. DFH did an amazing job making this. Creamy chocolate, raisins, coffee, mollases. Incredible.
guzzler67 (1537) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Looks like Turkish coffee when you pour this: totally black, thick and with zero head. Aroma is amazing, from the sweet molassas to the dark fruits like plums and dates. Thick, dense, smoky taste that helps define the words full-bodied. No throwing this one back in a couple of gulps; it needs to be enjoyed slowly in front of a cozy fire in a friendly pub. Finishes like a dessert wine that makes you want more.