DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 Very interesting and tantalizing on the taste buds to say the least. It begins with a heavy chocolate and alcohol aroma, with mild hints of coffee, espresso and roastiness apparent. It pours a nice jet black which did show patches of dark ruby red in the light in our tiny glasses. The head was a nice beige which lasted nicely and provided a good mild carbonated tickling to the tongue as was expected. The taste was exceptionally alcoholic...there is absolutely no attempt here to hide the 8.9%. It beats the palate to a pulp and then comes back for more before leaving a good smokey and chocolatey finish on the back of the tongue, and a nice warming feeling in the belly. The taste reminded me of chewing on a snickers bar...good caramel taste..come to think of it, caramel was slightly apparent in the aroma too. Nonetheless, a nice imperial stout, another favorite of mine, i must find more...matt i owe ya!!!!
RERATE 01/23/03: Upon second tasting of a full bottle (or two) i noticed a definite swing toward a nuttiness in the flavor. Good chocolate richness, and much of the same character as i described above. The aroma is very hard to describe but extremely pleasant. Im bumping this up into my top 10..this is outstanding.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark body looks deep ruby in a thin glass when held up to the light. milk chocolate colored head dies fairly quickly but is pretty while it lasts. the aroma is very chocolatey with a hint of alcohol puching its way through. the body is thick an smooth even out of a bottle. you practically have to chew this beer. the flavor is very busy, the start is almost sweet but ends very fast. it is beaten up by the alcohol that powers its way through like a locomotive in the middle of the taste, for me this is the only downside of the beer. the finish is quite nice though. as you swallow that alcohol a lovely roasted or chocolate barley flavor comes through and i can picture myself at the homebrew store chewing on roasted barley and chocolate malt...mmmmmmm. this beer is quite nice and packs a fair punch at 8.9%. Drunkasaskunk and I enjoyed the bottle, i wish we had at least one more.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 More complex than the Black Bear stout I just had. Taste is more bold and intense. This is a little more complex, but not as easy to drink. It's very high quality. More than the Black Bear, but I liked the Black Bear just as much. Color and head are about the same. Aroma goes to the Black Bear.
This has been my favorite for a while now. I just don't get sick of it. Has a coffee, chocolate, rasberry falvor. BTW, this is much better than Black Bear. Rererate 032404: Insane beer. Should be inducted in the beer hall of fame. This beer is very well balnced and is great in every way. Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of dark fruit in the aroma. Medium, perfectly balnced mouthfeel. Rich, creamy, lingering cocoa taste with a bit of acidity and hops. Small thin head that lingers. This is the whole package; the real deal.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with a tight tan head that does not stick around after the first couple swigs. Very Roasty/Malty nose. Very malty/roasty start which gets more complex in the middle. The coffee and toffee notes pick up in the early finish. Nice bitter finish. Flavor not as complex as I would like in a RIS, but definitely a worthy brew.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with brown head. Cognac and coffee in the aroma. The flavour is quite complex and rich. This is a very full bodied brew and the rather salty aftertaste lasts very long.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is quite a blueberry coffee snort up the nose. If you keep looking at the guy on the label while you drink this, you’ll get freaked out, it’s like some kind of curse or something. The head initially appears strong, then fades into an edgy ring around the solid black pool that browns slightly around the edges. What is that some sort of wacky hand signal? I can’t take it anymore. It starts out with a very smooth mellow fruity hue, then dances into a coffee like bitter end. I could use some more carbonation, but WTF, this is 8.9%, I feel cursed, blindsided by the man with the cryptic hand signal and the long beard. Quite a stout, no doubt.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark color, Creamy foam head. Semi-chocolatey nose, and a hint of roasted malt. Flavor speaks volumes for the roasted malt flavor tho, not so much as the chocolate. Nice bitterness and all around complex flavor.
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I truly felt that this was only an average stout. Thick and flavorful, but also sort of tart and tangy. Slightly obtrusive with a licorice flavor mixing with a bitter chocolate taste. Nice to drink on a cold winter night. A nice warming beer in front of the fire. Thanks mwsf for giving me a chance to try this highly rated beer!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black w/ small head. Dry, coffee, chocolate nose. Thick & chewy. Nice bitter chocolate & burnt coffee flavour w/ underlying notes of caramel & molasses. Balanced, bitter finish.
Sixpack595 (13) - USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red, appearing black with a rapidly fading head of light brown. Aroma of dark roasted malt with undertones of chocolate. Strong flavor of burt coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Syrupy mouthfeel, and warming effect from a decent alcohol content mean this beer will leave its mark on you. Big, in your face kind of beer. Definitly worth trying a few, but will not be a regular of mine.