Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 2001 bottle, bought April í02. Rated April í05. Sweet roasty malts. Bittersweet chocolate. Mild coffee bitterness and some smokiness. Twizzlers, oak, raisins, and fig. Alcohol vapors. Malted milk. Balck as black can be, maybe a bit hazy. Wispy thin tan-dark brown head. Oily heavy body with mild carbonation and big alcoholic warming. Starts very sweet with molasses, chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs. Vinuous in character, with soy-sweet tang. Very little bitterness until the end, when it increases dramatically after the syrupy sweetness fades away. Toffee and biscuit sweet finish. Fig and raisin alcohol after with tangy molasses bitterness. Chocolate, oak smoothness is all thatís left.
Ernest (6157) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Bottle (12/11/13 batch). Head is initially small, fizzy, brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), with a strong note of alcohol, lesser notes of vanilla and sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, heavily/harshly alcoholic. A fizzy and very simple rendition. Didnít this used to be really good? The 2007 and 2008 batches were crap too, but early 2000ís were great, right? Maybe? I have to wonder now, but regardless I think this might just be my last purchase of this overpriced mediocrity.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ah, rating number 300. Simply extraordinary. Pours a deep brown-black with a thin very slighty reddish head. Glorious scent, very rich. Lots of toffee, caramel, molasses, candy, brandy and probably several dozen things I canít identify yet. Flavor is incredibly complex. Woody, toasty, roasted malts. Alcohol is incredibly restrained; simply canít believe this is an 18% brew. Even get a very restrained fruitiness, with hints of possibly banana backed up by some nutmeg and vanilla also. Has a barely noticeable lingering sweetness. Finish is very, very long, with the hoppiness carried along by some toastiness and hints of vanilla. Beautifully, and completely lovely.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - APR 26, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of the best beers, I ever tasted or hope to taste. Hell, it is the best! Gave it a 19 in overall, there must be something better out there? Wonderfully dark, rich, smooth with a shock of flavors, 18%?, I canít believe the sensations that went through my mouth and my brain. This was the last beer in a tasting of eight beers, hands down a winner. This is a classic and I must have more what ever the price ($8.50 a 12oz bottle). THIS HAS MOVED TO TOP OF MY PERSONNAL TOP TEN!!!!!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Saved this one, on pins and needles, to make it number 500. It starts explosively - a flash of brown effervescence and then youíre left with a luminous dark, entrancing brew, redolent of licorice and heavily brandied fruitcake. The taste bears out the exotic aroma - thereís enough coffee, chocolate, and roast to let you know itís stoutish, but so much else - toffee, more fruits, some of that smoked fish flavour that I went on about in my Lion Stout rating. Actually, what WWS reminds me most of is the coffee flavoured tequila liqueur that my buddy beough back from Mexico. And Iím sorry to say, that my last impression is actually sticky like that liqueur; sweetish, despite all the complexity. Yes, itís magnificient, special stuff, but there are other bottles in this East coast sampler box from austinpowers I treasured more. Old Horizontal remains, for now, and for me, without peer.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved everything about this beer except the $8.00 price tag. Thick, black, malty aroma with a hint of alcohol in the nose. A wonderful complex of flavors with chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt. A smooth ride from start to finish. If only it didnt cost $48.00 for a sixer......
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 Dark and oily. I could smell vanilla and cocoa and a bit of alcohol which was cleverly hidden. It went down so smooth! I paid a bit much ($14 at the Brickskeller) but worth every drop. I had seen it in the top beers, so I was pleased to have it at any price. It was a real palate pleaser.
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Close to perfect. Warm. roasty, sweet, without being thick or syrupy.
NickB99 (6) - USA - APR 3, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this beer was just incredible. the aroma and flavor were outstanding, and the beer had an amazingly dark color with just enough head. the only thing that holds me away from this beer, aside from the availability, is that it takes a LONG time to properly drink one. but, with the alcohol content, maybe thatís not a bad thing.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impressive, but kind of weird. The nose to me smacks of roasted malt, toffee, and port wine. I find the flavor to be just a tad too sweet, though it does have a nice bitterness to offset that. You can hardly tell that itís 18%abv--ultimately it tastes basically like a sweeter version of a normal impy.