egajdzis (5481) - 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 (2579) - 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 (1538) - 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.
desurfer (1244) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 This is the 2003 batch. Pours an oily black with no head at all. Aroma of raisins and fig, with plenty of alcohol backing it up. Taste is very malty and thick, and something reminds me of chocolate covered raisins. The alcohol burns in the back of the throat, but not in a bad way. Finishes warm and sweet. Absolutely amazing. My 200th. Rerate, 2003 bottle, 09.29.05. I already said it all nearly two years ago, but WOW. So smooth, so drinkable, just plain divine.
TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 2001 vintage
Bottled. Thanks again to redlem for another beer! I guess this is a couple of years old now. Pours pitch black with an almost non-existent brown head. The nose is roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, and perhaps mocha. The tongue is sweet roasty bliss! Definite alcohol notes and more coffee and some dark chocolate. Finishes very smooth and with less alcohol burn than the WWS23%, obviously. Is this any better or worse than itís brother? I would say no, but itís defnitely as good and a little less suped up. Wonderful stuff!
Bottled. Pitch black body with a small brown head. Nose is sweetened malts, alcohol, roasted malts, brown sugar, liquor and dark chocolate. Taste is much the same except adding some coffee notes to the mix. Body is strong alcohol, but is full and sticky. Finishes with more alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, and sugary notes. A powerhouse, to be sure.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark chocolate brown, almost opaque. Minimium head with some lacing. Aroma is very alcoholic and a roasted sweetness. Taste is roasted, coffee, and sweet. Alcohol prevalent on the swallow, nice and warming. Body is smooth and oily. Wish I could get this in California.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark. As far as I can tell it lets no light through. Minimal brown head with associated minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Complex roasted malt aromas are dominate but the alcohol will not be denied its place in the show. Flavor is amazing. Sweetness and alcohol swirl about the palate producing a panoply of flavors. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and oily. The alcohol leaves a very pleasant numbness in the gums. This is one hell of a beer!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
very nice black as night color,small head that try's but fails to hang around.Sweet malty aroma with chocolate and coffee being a big part of this and the alcohol coming through loud and clear.Roasted taste with a chocolate and coffe hint and a big alcohol hit,this is a nice tasting brew but i think the alcohol kind of gets in the way of it being really decent.The after taste is roasty and chocolate and alcohol.IMO the alcohol is a bit over done and just like there 23% hard to get down without trying to force it down.Definately not a favorite of mine,but decent in it's own rite.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this one. Wow, this is really something different - and special. Label wording about the "ridiculous amount of barley" does not really clue one in to what is in store, which is a ridiculous amount of sweet, complex flavors and alcohol... and I mean that in a good way. Definitely to be sipped and savored.