SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
hmmm... Lighter darker in colour with a short lasting tan head. Lots of hops but still sweet though in the nose, some malts. The taste is definately more hoppy but with a cool sweet bitter creamy finish. Heavy body.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark as darkness can be with an almond head that is pretty damn big. Fills the air with stinkin lawn clippings and melted chocolates. Dark chocolate milk flavor, definetely more dark chocolate than sweet chocolate.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a bloody hard core gangster with a fluffy kangol burped a tune of musty chocolate milk and roastedness...oh yes..and when the flava's came forth they shot bullets of alcohol, milk chocolate, nuts, and punches of bitterness...the bigness grows..then reaches Gangsta rapstar status...yet seems a little over-carbinated.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark brown body with red tones. Thick, frothy tan head. Good lacing. Very visually appealing. Chocolate and coffee to the nose and in the flavor. Nice bitterness. Delicious brew.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours 90% black, with a tan head. didn't appear very imperial like. aroma of coffee and expresso. pretty bland both in flavor and aroma. sweet and sour palate, almost like it was skunked. Pretty weak and boring. overrated
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the best offering that I've tasted from Left Hand to date. Pours out a beautiful black with a long lasting head that gives off aromas of chocolate and roast malt. Hops are well balanced in the flavor profile and it gives no impression of it's alcoholic strength on the tongue. Gets better as it warms. A very good Stout.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2004 Holy chocolate tithings! the aroma was pure malty sweetness and chocolates. the taste hid the alcohol EXTREMELY well and washed your mouth over with an amazing chocolate blend. the finish was the only time hints of the abv came into play. Well balanced, sweet, totaly enjoyable beer. Pure opaque color and a huge lasting head. quite impressed. i did not pick up any coffee, but plenty of choco and possibly some dark fruits. i swear it was as if they added a couple pounds of pure chocolate malt to make up for any other malts.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - DEC 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012
2012-11-28, draught at La Fine Mousse, Paris, 6-4-8-4-14=36
Black color, with creamy head. Very mild aroma, some alcohol, light roasted malts. Good body strength, with round mouthfeel; very good flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate, with strong bitterness and warming alcohol; some late liquorice too, and light salty feeling.
Excellent flavor, not so much the aroma.
2006-12-23, Draught at Flying Saucer, San Antonio, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Dark brown color. Some aroma of roasted malt. Good body strength, with a good mix of caramel, roasted malt and coffee, with a light liquorice touch. Warming alcohol.
Dark amber color, too simple aroma; taste of malt, caramel, too much alcohol, high bitterness, quite good.
2003-11-15, bottle, 6-3-8-4-14=35
Dark amber color. Simple roasted malt aroma, sweet; phenol and liquorice. Strong mouthfeel, oily, with some phenol; a lot of malt, caramel, roasted malt, nuts. Well hopped. Nothing special.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is all malt - chocolate, toffee, with hints of coffee and alcohol. Dark ruby in color with good clarity, not the opaque black I expect from an imperial, but better head retention than most beers of this ABV. Flavor matches the aroma, neither sweet or bitter at first, but finishing with a roasty bitterness. Silky and full-bodied, but also quite warming - you really feel the alcohol in this one. Quite good, but definitely a second tier imperial stout.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black, with a reddish tint around the edges and a large tan head that left alitte lacing. Strong creamy aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, and even alittle alcohol. Malty sweet taste of chocolate and coffee. Hops were not noticeable in the nose, but the bitterness on the tongue certainly was. Sweet mouthfeel and a slight tinge of alcohol was also noticed.