ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very black with hints of red in bright light. Not much head. Aroma of molasses and licorice. Excellent. Taste is sweet malts and fruit. Very nice.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black in color. Very roasty and dry. It was ok. Maibockaddict and I drank it together, and it was a little appleley.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours foamy and black. Roasty apple aroma. Flavor is dry and roasty. I am just not that impressed with this one.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Licorice, fruity, roasty nose. Deep ruby brown/black hue. Light tan head, significant lacing. Deep, roasty flavors, coffee/espresso, pleasant body, hidden alcohol, dark fruit, finishing with a great bitter underlying note. This is great stuff, widely available, extremely tastey...And the only Belgian Stout I have ever tried. GET SOME!
3fourths (8537) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black. Spicy soy sauce aroma with licorice. Medium body, smoky & dry finish, very sharp & spicy overall... a good "imperial" smoked licorice flavor towards the end, but the aroma is not very pleasing. Has a wonderful dry and smoky feel to it, so scores a 5 there.
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a black colr with medium-sized creamy tan head. Has flaovrs of chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again, many thanks to acrodizer for letting me try this one with him. Black color with tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma is very fruity and lighty hoppy, a touch of belgian qualities in here as well, lots of yeast, a touch of soy sauce tickles the nose at the end. The taste is not too assertive, but fairly well balanced with some thick chocolate & coffee flavors and a light bitter residual hoppiness. The mouthfeel is full, very full bodied (what else would you expect with an imperial stout). Well designed, not too bad, nothing stands out too strong though.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
F-ing scared the shit out of me when the damn ceramic cap burst off like a cork pop gun, making the loudest bang/pop of any beer ever!
Lot # 7 -- Best Before December 2003, I’m a month late but it was aging.
Pours a Black body with edges of crimson; above is a thick tightly compact toffee colored head. The nose is full with suggestions of toffee, caramel, dates, yeast, and mocha, very tempting!
Oh Baby, the flavor and palate are surreal!!
My first impression is cask aged whisky! Holly mother this is delicious! Mocha, mocha, mocha, whisky, spiced rum, French Pressed coffee, caramelized brown sugar, a pinch of doughy yeast, SO GOOD! The palate is exceptionally creamy and elegant; it’s not overly effervescent, nor is it even close to being stagnant, it's just exceptional! A warming / dry / earthy / oak like / whisky finish is the grand finally, One can NOT go wrong with a brew as Imperial as this!
Kinz (3506) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer 14 Belgium trip, one that I had definitely hoped to run across. Interestingly, my bottle was marked with 8.9% alcohol with the 9 marked out, best before June 04. Deep black, brown around edges, the head just won't stop. Pleasant roasted aroma, some bacon notes, a little smokey. Sweet molasses, hints of espresso and balanced roasted flavors at the finish. A touch of liquor about the whole thing. Nicely constructed.
rauchbier (3655) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. Jet black, quickly evaporating beige head, good condition. Aroma starts off with alcohol followed by licorice, roast barley and fruity berries. Quite sweet and fruity (blackcurrant) in the mouth with more roast barley that lingers into the finish becoming dry and powdery.