egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002... Opaque black, dark tan, creamy head. Aroma of smoke, coffee and roasted malt. Tastes of dark fruit, roasted malts, smoked meat, some coffee and chocolate as well. Mild alcohol burn.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
An opaque black body rests beneath a short head of very dark tan foam. The retention is very good, and it slowly drops to a wide creamy collar and lacy surface covering that leaves rings of sticky lace with each sip. The nose is fruit, dark chocolate, and roastiness. The body is medium bordering on full, and its fine-bubbled carbonation lends a subtly crisp tingle to the tongue before smoothing. The flavor delivers an incredibly rich, bittersweet chocolate and espresso-like maltiness that's laced with dark and red fruits and piney hops. The alcohol is well-hidden in the aroma and flavor, but its ghost appears at the back of the throat after its gone. It finishes quite dry with some lingering, residual burnt-chocolate character.
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Neverending mocha head, deep ruby black body. This was served cold, so I let it warm up a bit, which may not have been the best idea as far as enjoyability goes. Alcohol singes my nostrils in the aroma, while I can also detect some coffee notes. The flavor is also overwhelmed by alcohol, almost to the point of being harsh. Sweet chocolate is also there. Finish is dry and alcoholic, and warms the belly well. It tasted better when having a cigarette, which seemed to cut the harshness down a notch. It might have been a better brew if the alcohol was more well hidden. DFH WWS isn't as noticeable as this is.
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2003 I had the good fortune of buying a 32 oz bottle of this limited edition beer last winter while enjoying it on tap, and am only now savoring it. It rates right up there with the best from Duclaw's. From the absolute darkness of the appearance with its nice head and good lacing, through to the complex aroma of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The full-bodied taste is smooth and flavorful, with a nuttiness and intenseness that is awesome.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very chocolaty aroma. Small light brown head with good lacing. Very dark black in color. On the palate the sweetness hits first then a slight acidic and bitter flavor. Very chocolaty aftertaste. The body is a little to thin for an Imperial Stout.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the same bottle as Hopscotch, with much the same opinion. Black with a brown foamy head and a dark, musty aroma. Lots of fruit flavors and very well balanced. Bitter coffee and chocolate flavors in the finish. Very good stout.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Re-rate: Black colour with rich brown head. Big aroma positively stings with roast. The body is smooth with chocolatey, coffee notes and a warming bourbon finish. Balanced, nuanced example.
Black colour, brown head. Nutty, chocolatey aroma with a hint of raisin. Rich toffee palate with caramel, earthiness…quite sweet. Alcohol hit comes in late; dark chocolate even later. Ar7 Ap5 F7 P4 O14 = 3.7
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2003
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Cask conditioned, aged on Bourbon-soaked oak chips): Slightly amber blond color with a clingy head that stays on the glass. Almost no aroma, but there's a little bit of detectable grassy or fieldy-ness (like a field of wildflowers just mown in spring). It's a one-note beer, but it's not a bad note. It's not very complex, but it smooths over the tongue in a pleasant enough way. There's a little maltiness to it, not sweet or pronounced -- you can just taste some of the sugars. A little bit corn-syrupy (very very mild sweetness).
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask-conditioned, aged on Bourbon-soaked oak chips. Very dark with a sticky, slight head. Very smoky nose, lots of mesquite, reminds me of jerky or barbeque. Tastes of whiskey, plenty of coffee. Woody andsmoky. Alcohol a bit overly noticeable considering the abv.
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Cask-conditioned, aged on Bourbon-soaked oak chips): Black with minimal tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, woodsy, and hint of bourbon. Taste is malty, some bourbon, some sweetness. The finish has a yummy bitterness, but there's something else there that just tastes funny.