drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love this live. Had a few at the Hollywood Bowl. Roasty, raisons, plums. Roasty and toasty, baby. I dig this big black brew and it is one of my favorite stouts.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours very dark, ruby-black, almost opaque, with a rather smallish light-brown head. Nose is definitely toasted, with hints of coffee, and a little hint of fruit is noticeable (but not much). This stout has a very pronounced alcoholic taste (being 8.9%, it's not surprising), which makes its mouthfeel a bit dry. Medium-to-full bodied texture... Overall a very nice, very toasty, brew.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much aroma to speak of. Very dark with a wee bit o' ruby on the edges. Smooth taste with a big choco-coff-ay taste that's lightly burnt on the edges. a very good beer, named after a very bad man.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a brown frothy head. Aroma is strong malt, chocolate, caramel, alcohol. Flavor is lightly sweet and creamy with a blast of bitterness. Very good
mw1030 (5) - Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA - JUL 23, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful Beer! Chocolately, creamy, roasted coffee taste explosion. Alcohol content covered up nicely. Beautiful aftertaste. Exquisite color. Love it!
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mostly black with ruby tint, medium tan head. Hops and roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Starts out bittersweet, creamy, sharp coffee/espresso flavor, big malt, then some black cherry and chocolate, plenty of hops also. The key word here is powerful. This a full and huge beer, while at the same time delicately complex. Great finish, not too bitter. Oh yeah, and plenty of alcohol in this one. Packs more punch than the Bolshevik revolution.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 What a hearty stout. Amazing flavour, delicious with chocolate undertones. For nearly 9%, you cannot really feel the extra ABV. Beautiful beer. Can't beat the name or label either. Most hardcore slogan as well. Never say die and go out and buy this delicious stout. HEARTY is the appropriate word. Most apropos word definitely is hearty.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 12 oz bottle, tulip glass. Muddy black body is not quite opaque but quite scary looking. Brown, creamy head is mostly lasting. Aromas of caramel, molasses, vodka, roasted, vanilla. Strong alcohol presence in both the aroma and flavor. Very smooth and creamy body. Not much changes as this beer warms up. There’s not really any attempt to hid the alcohol here, which is sad as it masks some wonderful flavors. Thanks to Bierbauch for this one!
edit: Tastier this time around, not as much alcohol or acidity.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out of bottle, purchased at Trader Joe's in Sherman Oaks, CA, 7/20/03. Tight, slight head that lingers moderately with excellent lacing; Pours to a deep cola dark brown color, with a deliciously subtle, decadent, dark/sweet chocolate scent. Initial taste is of dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and espresso-- a little bit zingy feeling on the tongue and a little bit spicy. Wonderful medium body and smooth mouthfeel with bright, slightly sour expansion and long, smooth finish of dark chocolate malt. Fantastic stuff, this is delicious before you drink it, as you drink it, and long after you finish it. Nice, warming feeling on the stomach, but not hindered by any overbearing alcohol taste-- the little bit of bite could be alcohol or perhaps simply other spices, but it works remarkably well with the overall palate. One of the great ones. An extraordinarily great, well-balanced imperial stout that even non-stouties should fall in love with.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh my freakin' god. This one is black gold. Everyone else has already rated this one to extremes, so I'll just say: drink it.