brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Starts out with a strong roasted malt and chocolate flavor. The alcohol becomes apparent after a few sips, but mellows out after lingering over this beer. Great looking beer.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some copper tones round out a liquid obsidian brew. The nose is amazing. Alcohol, hints of fruits followed by notes of roasted barley and bitter hops, itís the whole package. Mildly astringent at first with a VERY long finish. Definitely a quality beer worhy of itís fame.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with an undistinguished head, mostly dissipating. Aroma actually off-putting--not so much complexity as confusion. Much much better in the tasting. Excellent flavors up front and superb palate (syrupy without burdening the palate, oily, dense). But then the flavors become too much in the finish. Having had this a day after the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, I felt the hop flavors were a bit heavy. Definitely "warming"...like someone has lit a spaceheater in my gut.
YogiBeera (2472) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Similiar to St. Ambroise but not as bitter. Nice chocolate, vanilla, coffee nose. Dark brown color, little layer of head, brussels lace. Short bitter finish. Thick. Espresso cacao, pepper taste, also alcohol. Warms up. Thank you so much Richard!
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate - 1 year old. Smooth and delicious. An excellent beer, but the few bottles I had could have used some cellaring - Iím assuming it was too fresh because the flavors were all distinct and sharp. I imagin it is good after a year or two when all the flavors have settled and blended. Pours opaque with a rich tan head. Aroma of coffee, roast, and malt. Flavor includes roast, chocolate, and bitter. Finishes distinct and sharp.
pivo (2563) - GERMANY - DEC 4, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Coffee, charcoal and brandy aromas; opaque brown color and a low foamz head. Very intense, bitter tastes - tabacco, espresso, licorice. Thick body and a full mouth. The alcohol kicks it up a notch. Maybe too bitter? I donít think so. Not for the weak at heart.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fanastic appearance. Pours with a big, khaki head and a very dark ruby color. Quite dry, and a very roasted malt taste. Alcohol presence is noteworthy but definitely does not detract from taste.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 I donít know if it was the age or if it was different but the gold wax,bottles were better,rating for regular.Re-Rate:Millennium release.Gold,wax covered bomber.Huge malt espresso,chocolate,and VINOUS aromas.Taste is loaded with complex flavors(coffee,burnt chocolate cake,molasses,and then a huge,roasty,and vinous-alcoholic finish.Hops arenít in the background but the flavor of the malts and the alcohol makes almost unnoticable. Buttery,rummy palate and head which at first was about an inch,now, is a perfect lacey ring.As it warms,more, the complex flavor just gets better and more drinkable.Not that the drinkablility was lacking.This is slowly becoming a fav of mine.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark black with a modest light tan head. Aroma of molasses and coffee. The body is sweet, thick and oily with a roasted chocolatey finish. The alcohol is very apparent throughout. In fact if I didnít know, Iíd swear this was stronger than the DFHWWS 18%. Apart from its evidence of alcohol, this is a good brew.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2003 (21Jan2003--12oz.bottle)
Nice beer, on the tame side of recent imperials, not that this is a bad thing.
It looks just like the kitchen-sink imperials we loved to brew in college; dark and lovely, with a beautiful, long-lasting head.
My only real complaint is a lack of complexity in flavor.
Head: Fine, crimson-colored, partly diminishing, lacy, effervescent.
Aroma: Powerful. Hops and alcohol dominate, followed by iodine and some toasty/roasty notes, also some vanillins.
Color: Deepest ruby red; not fully opaque.
Flavor: Initially bitter, quite alcoholic; any heaviness is offset by a surprisingly persistent effervescence.
Finishes maltier, creamy, somewhat astringent, somewhat yeasty, intensely bitter, somewhat balanced by some increasing sweetness (syrup/raspberries).