raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Black but not the darkest on earth.Enticing aromas. Milk chocolate,with some coffee and roasted malt being the dominant.Serve me up.The head subsides to a perfect ring. Retition is very impressive for a 18%beer. Taste is impressive as aroma and then some. I think the mixture of yeasts help soften what you would think would be a destructive palate. It actually has a soft,oily,lactose feel to it but is not lacking. Chocolate,espresso,dark fruit-yeasty flavors hide the alcohol very well for a while.Roastiness is relentless.Yeast also affects finish. Lactose,roasty finish.A true piece of art.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely noticeable alcohol in the nose. Beautiful beer with a satisfying head, something not many imperials can claim. A very sweet imperial, the chocolate notes here are more of a milk chocolate than the semi-sweet or bitter chocolate notes found in most imperials. The palate is surprisingly smooth, given the alcohol content. One of my favorite imperials.
wheatbeerman99 (3) - USA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I found these recently for $6.99 for 1 12oz bottle. Im not a fan of dark beers or domestic beer(live in usa) but this was an exception. This beer is very hard to explain since it has so many things going on inside. I wont try and Ill make this short since I could write a few pages on this stuff. This beer has a lot of sweetness and is very dark with many other complex flavors mixed in that I have a hard time explaining. At 18% (my strongest so far-have to sample wws23%) I was surprised on how the alcohol was not overwhelming and blended very well in this package of complex high end beer. Overall I would definatly buy this again as I still do once in a while. A great beer for those special occasions or gatherings(be carefull as it definatly packs a punch).Although the most Ive ever spend on 1 12oz beer, it’s worth every penny!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 This is a great beer, but pales in comparison to the WWS 23%, so I had to bump it down a notch. I can't bring myself to rate a beer a perfect 5, and both of these are not equal at 4.9.
pivo (2651) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense. Alcohol in the nose and the taste just boosts the flavor profile of this elixir. Reminds one of Jaegermeister. Chocolate, honey and espresso flavors. Thick and rich body. Wow.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 2001 : The Horned King of the Underworld today welcomed his lifelong adversaries for a meeting at the summit of his infernal depths...All around the round table sat erect and proud behemoths of their own world...Of course, a friendly alcohol fire reigned throughout this grandiose moment and surrounded every one of its godly participants with warmth and yet, subtlety...A temperamental, colossal chocolate Zeus laughed shoulder to shoulder with a hyperbolic vanilla Osiris...At the back I beheld the somnolent presence of a sweet Buddha, struggling to withstand his powerful, creamy girth...Even the dreaded cigar-smoking Mahomet was commingling with a secretive, raisiny Yahve...A discussion in which, need I say, sultry dark fruit flew about...Dionysos, special caterer of this magnificent soirée, had obviously cooked up quite a heterogenous feast...Red meat and wild desserts in abundance as well as fountains of a viscous, dark wine, in which I gluttonously partook and, I think, which distorted somewhat of my visions of this evening...oh well...I, witness to all this, could not help but bask in the wondrous ingredients of this bacchanalia...All of these richest discussions and most sumptuous foods were, to me, dwelling in my very chalice...I was dining with divinity...A thousand bows to hopsrus for giving me a ticket to this dinner of dinners...4.7/5...
2003 : Chocolate drooping due to the whiskyish alcohol...Thinner than the 2001 and so less creamy...3.6/5...
2004 was as classy and flavorful as the first, with a surprising head of foam for its massive girth...An incredible sipping specimen...4.3/5
YogiBeera (2558) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whoever thinks that’s not a good beer, has something wrong with his tongue!!! Wonderful chocolate malt aroma, reminds me of Jaegermeister. Black! Wonderful smooth fullmouth chocolate taste. Great!
beerisyummy99 (1) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2002 does not count
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
This beer had an incredibly overbearing alcohol taste. It smelled very appetizing and looked like a fine stout, but reared it’s ugly head once it hit the tongue. I don’t understand how anyone could think the alcoholic taste is "hidden", "masked", or even subtle. This stuff tasted very similar to the Manishewitz we’re forced to drink at Passover. The overwhelming wine taste leaves much to be desired and leave the drinker wondering what possessed him to spend $6.50 (US) on an awful tasting bottle of super-caloried (660 in a 12 oz.) beer. It’s far too sweet and the aftertaste lingers much too long. If I just want to drink something that’ll get me smashed for cheap, I’ll stick with Olde English or St. Ides.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The most masterful beer I have experienced. Very rich with a nice, sweet roasted flavor that hides the alcohol better than you could ever imagine. I tried this nearly back to back with Stone Imperial Stout, and the Stone had a stronger alcohol flavor than the Dogfish Head, with half the alcohol. One of my favorites! Thanks to hopsrus for the trade...
aracauna (3411) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
<P>Imperial Stout Blind Tasting notes (11-16-02): The aroma is loads of alcohol. Roasty, some chocolate, talcom powder/chalkiness. Pretty much same flavors as aromas, but slightly more burnt. Less creamy but not too thin. A little sweeter than most but not too sweet.
<P>It pours with a nice easy head. The head starts out really foamy, but gradually developes pock marks at the larger bubble burst. The beer is black. I held this beer up to the sun and it only got darker. Nose: caramel, chocalate and a hint of coffee. Flavor, Sweet, sweet, caramel, chocolate and I pick up a tiny bit of pear underneath it all (one of the yest strains perhaps?). Hazelnut? Actually comes across very cappuccino-like. I actually had to dock it a point for being a too sweet and too rich. Mouthfeel very creamy. This heavy sweet beer is not something you’re going to want to chug or drink on a really full stomach. But being as strong as it is, you don’t need to be drinking much of the stuff anyway, you stupid drunkard. Thanks austinpowers.