bierkoning (10499) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000 vintage. This beer punches harder than its 9% might suggest. Almost black color. Plums, chocolate and cherry in the aroma. No head at all, hardly any lacing. Thick, oily and syrupy. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, licorice, raisin, raspberry, porto and alcohol. Very complex beer, delicious and surprisingly fruity, without any doubt a classic.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured as black as the night and like oil hitting the pavement. No real head with even a hard pour and only a slight medium tan ring around the edges. The aroma is of malt, cherries and other dark fruit and some hint of the alcohol. The flavor is of malt, cherries and dark fruit. A very heavy feel to the flavor and body of this beer, with hints of the alcohol. A very different style of imperial as compared to the American versions. Almost more of a wine feel than an imperial. A very dark animal of a beer with hidden elements that may present themselves better if this beer were to be aged more.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Woah!!! Incredibly thick, I cannot state that enough. Strong alcohol nose which reminded me of Jaegermeister. It was a strong enough aroma to burn my nostrils and could be completely overwhelming. The flavor reminded me of Jaeger also... very complex and full of spice. It looked like motor oil and when you shook the glass, the beer hardly moved it wasso thick. I may not have this beer again, but it was well crafted.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2000 bottle. Jet black pour with no head and no trace of any carbonation. Alcohol and vinous, fruity aroma. Strong wine-like flavors. A bit harsh for my taste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2000 - Black with only a few tiny bubbles that reseamble the milky way in a black sky. Aroma of soy sauce and dark fruit. Oily feel. Flavors of dark fruit, bitter cherries and mild coffee. A bit acidic. Seems more like a baltic porter. Alcohol really did not appear until the last swallow. I think this would be better in a few years.
Crit (3369) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with brown head. Complex nose and flavor. Roasted coffee,fruity,notes of chocolate with burnt finish
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not that great. I usually like real thick imperials but not this one. It was a sketchy tangyness that didnt sit well with me
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999 Vintage. Very dark color. Not much head, but what is there is a dark brown. Very vinous smell. Kind of an oily texture. Tastes like a wine at first, and moves to a soy sauce taste as it warms. Very salty.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vin.2000 This stuff is so dark in color i almost need a flashlight.Definately malty in aroma with a slight alcohol smell but very slight.Whoaaaa!!!!malty as hell in flavor, nearly no carbonation hints of chocolate and coffee with the emphasis on the coffee,Very full mouth feel like concrete thick.After taste is that of coffee with a mild bitterness to it.Definately a keeper this is something to age and try again at a later date.If you have the means i recommend getting one of these.It’s oh so good.
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Totally opaque, black colour. Aroma of syrah and licorice. Very complex, unbelievable, sweet and too bitter, coffee. Very long aftertaste. Interesting and very original but lacking of balance.