sloth (2765) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked, dated bottle. 99 vintage.pours completely flat. Couldnt even swirl up a bit of head. Black, opaque. Full bodied, oily slick. Fruity, licoricey a slight roastiness in the nose. Oxydation in the aroma also. Fruity, roasted, black malt flavors, leather, soy sauce and some more oxydation also. Finish is fairly dry with a somewhat unpleasent astringency?sourness that lingers a bit to long. Some carbonation would likely have helped this beer. Did not age very gracefully, ashame it was probably a decent beer at one time.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like old Black motor oil. Thin head with little bubbles.Aroma has a strong licorice smell as well as some fruit notes and some dark chocolate notes too. Very complex.Alcohol is fairly strong but does not overwhelm the incredible flavor that this stout provides.Goes down heavy but smooth. Finishes long with a strong aftertaste.A classic.
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000 Bottle: This beer reminded me a lot of the 23%DFHWWS, even though the ABV is much lower in this 11.2oz bottle. This was probably my first corked Imperial Stout. Pours a black tar color with an ultra thin light beige head. No real lacing to speak of. Aroma will knock your socks off with licorice, chocolate and port wine. Full bodied flavor with a great roasted aspect. Flavors of malt, alcohol, spice and coffee come in wave after wave. This beer also has a very long and roasty burnt cedar finish. The only way to enjoy this beer is SLOWLY.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
this handsome bottle would look august and epicurean on the condiment shelf pressuming to be a steak sauce. no 'hiss' was heard when i bade the cork to yield, not even a sniff. the contents flopped heavily into the glass, exciting only a peppery dotting of golden bubbles-- a pour of primordial swamp ooze comprised of composting dinosaurs and rubber trees crushed and baked for a geological age or two under the weight of the continental mantle. aroma is a beautiful melange of cointreau orange and cabernet, salt air and oil from a rhine river barge, and plums-- not just dried but smoked and made resinous in the gummy chambers of a hash pipe from an ottoman palace. at once both sweet as raisins and bitter as lime peel, it elegantly envelopes the tongue in it's smoky sweet puissance and squeezes like a boa. some carbonation would be interesting, but likewise this silky elixir of snake oil, darkest chocolate, india ink, alcohol and worchestershire sauce is magnificent as a flat, sipped cordial. great thanks and cheers to indra.
thedm (5439) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 Vintage. This brew poured a very small head of large dark brown bubbles that quickly disappeared leaving a ring of very small bubbles around the top of my mug. This aroma of this brew is amazing. It is very strong licorice aroma that can be smelled from across the room. Its body is 70,000 mile motor oil thick black. It has a strong licorice and roasted coffee flavor with a noticibly high alcohol content. A very interesting brew with a fair amount of complexity to it. I would like it better if the alcohol content was more hidden and the mouthfeel was more smooth. None-the-less, it is a very potent stout indeed!
hotstuff (4777) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2001 Vintage. This particular imperial stout poured a small head with very large bubbles that dissipated quickly. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma was that of vinegar in my opinion. It had a smooth taste and a lingering aftertaste.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999 vintage. This full bodied beer pours thick and very dark. The flavor is a complexity of roast malt, chocolate and licorice. Don't try these big beers until they're a couple years old or you won't taste anything near their potential.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1999 vintage. Pours like motor oil and tastes of soy sauce. No head. very alcoholic aroma, w/ some more roasty notes.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000 bottle. Poured thick black and mostly lifeless - very little carbonation - not surprised - this is corked just like the various Gale's bottles that are also usually almost flat. Roasty malts are heavy with licorice and black strap molasses, some burnt flavors, and citrus fruits; all mixed on top of a sour juice along with a dash of salt. Palate was thick down the middle but watery and almost flavorless at the edges. Complex and interesting, but I'm not sure if I really liked it.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A thick black concoction which pours like motor oil and tastes like licorice. Exactly the taste of holding licorice in your mouth for a long time.