Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I've been saving this one, for what I don't know. It's been in the back of my fridge for over a year now. It pours a jet black color with just a thin layer of brown bubbles on top. Strong aroma of malts, alcohol, licorice, and anise-very strong. Full body with low carbonation and a very smooth, velvety, creamy mouthfeel. Wow! What a great flavor. Lots of chocolate and malt flavors with some dark fruits mixed in. Roasty and filled with coffee and chocolate hints in the finish. Though it is full bodied, it is still lighter in body than I thought it would be. The alcohol is no where to be found in the flavor. Very warming, however, despite the lack of alcohol flavors. A fantastic stout, and the strongest of its kind around. What a treat!
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A black color with a small tan head, some lacing which is note-worthy at 18%. Strong alcohol, rum like aroma. IMHO this tastes just like a rum and coke, with the coke coming from a fountain dispenser with too much coke syrup. Sweet, stickey, syrupy. I liked the 23% better. After drinking this I kept thinking I wanted a beer. Note, the Vim and Vigor was not blacked out on this bottle.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of alcohol and raisin in the aroma, burns your nose hair! Well carbonated but the head is brief. Tastes hot from the alcohol and the dark malts don't come across as very roasty. Sweet finish. Lots of potential but I think the bottle I tasted needs a lot more aging.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice Imperial stout. Pours like motor oil. Chocolate, malt, and coffee flavor. Finishes smooth, creamy, and dry. Recommended.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don't know about everyone else, but there are times when I go out, and I'm just not in the mood for beer. If I'm in a chilling mood, I'll probably sip some scotch, but if it's party time...bring on the rum and cokes (thanks to living in the caribbean for a while). Normally the first drink you order is pretty average, then after a nice tip, they continue to get stronger and stronger. It seems like as long as you can taste...the 50/50 mix works best (or if you're andrew196, and you've just split a growler of 10%abv happy jacks with nstal, you start pouring nstal crown royal and cokes with a 90% crown/coke ratio). This beer reminds me exactly of that, I've had my first drink and I've moved on to the 50/50 mix. Be careful, 5 or 6 of these will totally mess up the average drinker. Beautiful dark color, doesn't mess with any of that CO2 crap forming a head. Aroma hints of a beer not near as strong as it is. A hair too sweet to have more than 5 or 6, but quality all around. DFH living a little outside of the box.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow ... amazing stout. Thick and dark. Much better than the 23%. Chocolate, coffee, and chickory. Yum.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
dark,thick, choclatly... beautiful. Thick black motor oil pour with a dark brown head. Aroma has coffee and malt. The taste.... well the tast is perfect. It sits on the tip of my tongue for min... and gets better and better. The flavor beats you upside the head ... i fail to find any faults with this beer... i almost ripped the rest of the bottle out of my friends hand.... perfection
EKGoldings (585) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, I like this better than the 23%. Roasted coffee, chocolate, fruity esters, malt and oh the alcohol. Really an amazing collection of flavors in this beer. I wish I was more a fan of the style but I can't finish an entire small bottle of the stuff, just too strong and rich.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
a beautiful scented beer with hints of molasses, flat black color no head, a large alcohol flavor that is very harsh, cherry flavored along with a smoky honey flavor, this thing is complex but way too much alcohol
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black beer with very thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cherry, coffee and alcohol. My first sip was not what I expected. It was smooth, full of chocolate flavor. Left my mouth tingling and my stomach warm. The roasted malt flavor is great. The beer maskes the alcohol well, but it is definitely a sipping beer.