maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled - bought at Happy Deli NYC. What can I say but wow!? The best beer I've had since joining this website. It has a vinuous smell with hints of coffee and licquorice. It is beautifully black with that off white head typical of the best stouts. the taste is warming, vinuous, roasty, alcoholic and extremly well-balanced. A fantastic beer which tastes stronger than 8.9% but at the same time invites you to have another (If only I'd bought another).
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours with a small creamy, dark head, and has a carmely/chocolate nose; sweet, roasted double mocha latte flavor fused malt and a soothing bitterness that finishes dry, though not lingering very long: nice balance; massive body, and overall one of the better brews thus far.....
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2005 Iíve read a lot of good things about this beer, but iím in the minority. Its a very decent stout but nothing special. The head is weak and too yeasty but the aftertaste is nice and burnt and roasty.
I recently had this on tap so am re-rating. This is a pretty darn good on tap even though Iím not a big fan of it out of the bottle
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark coffee brown that appears opaque when in the glass. Head is light brown, foamy, and plentiful. You can really smell the alcohol embedded in the chocolate and mocha notes. Tastes like a sweet version of coffee, pleasant to the taste buds. Smooth and rich on the palate, but I wish that it were a little but thicker in body. Overall, though, a delicious imperial.
jtw (1144) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
lovely aroma of alcohol, coffee, and vines. hits you with an earthy, dark (unsweetened) chocolate bite and goes dry very quickly in the finish. leaves a little residual bitterness and an alcoholic aftertaste. overall very good!
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
The fragrant aroma of this brew wafting thru my nostrils by the Hawaiian seashore was paradisial. Its appearance is bold, robust, and, well, stout. The flavour is full with predominant coffee, subdominant chocolate. Its 9% ABV is quite high and can help get you quite the goodly buzz. What turned me off to this brew is the same thing that often turns me off to Irish coffee. It is too alcoholic tasting - you can even smell the alcohol in the aroma. I like it, but do not think it perfect. In fact, I might even prefer to drink Mackeson XXX Stout sometimes...
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
mmm smells of alcohol, hints of coffee and chocolate. pours black with a tan head. has a good flavor, nice hiding of alcohol, coffee and chocolate flavors galore! this is wonderful, not better than storm king, but damn good.
desurfer (1253) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally #300, and what a beer to hit the mark with. Opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of alcohol and gunpowder. Taste is an explosion of bitter coffee and chocolate with more notes of powder. Finishes dry and alcoholic. Good!
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black in colour, thin tan head, good lacing. I've had this beer many, many times and have never been floored by it. It's a decent Imp. Stout, but it's not worthy of the "Top 50" in my opinion. Toasted coffe smell. Heavy smell of alcohol as well. Puckering, almost sour taste. Very vinous, almost port like. ALCOHOL! Medicinal and strangely bitter. I know it's not the bottle either. I've had this beer too many times and it always tastes the same. Maybe I should try aging one.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
while I waited for the tan head to settle a little, I took a whiff. The aroma was roasty nut mixed with coffee and chocolate. The taste was very chocolaty with a burnt-bitter aftertaste. a little too thick and sweet in my opinion, but it was an interesting change of pace. I couldn't drink too many of these at one time, but it was certainly different. The alcohol was well hidden at first, but comes out as it warms.