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 (2146) - 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 (1280) - 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.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tremendous pour...darkest ebony with tan head. Smells of wood, mollasses, chocolate and malts. Taste is all fire-roasted malt up front with middle notes of dates, mollasses and gingerbread. Pinch of salt, followed by mild hop tones, with chocolate aftertaste and alchohol warming. Full-bodied, and creamy...Awesome, complex Imperial, that makes me want to put on a bear suit and go slaughter stuff. Arrgh!!!
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark with med head of dark brown. Malts and hops feed off each other very well. Finish is of coffee and brown sugar. Not too sweet just right....Even better on tap
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Blind Tasting, thanks Ecrvich It pours very dark brown, definitely not opaque with an off-white film that sticks to the glass rather well. Aroma is assertively malty which shows as bubblegum, melon, milk and candy flavours. Hop profile is rather chalky, dry and alcohol is not particularly well hidden. Fruity palate with watermelon, pepper. This is a complex beer with a sweet side that I love, but I just can’t get myself to appreciate this astringent, chalky and roasty sour hoppiness and very obvious alcohol. It just doesn’t work with me. Medim bodied with rather intense carbonation. Another beer that doesn’t measure up to my expectations which I start to guess are simply too high.
My latest samplings showed me a very pleasant brew indeed, more balanced than most, focusing on dark chocolate nicely and looking splendid with its firm beige head. Ehh.. I had given it 3.3 the last time.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Raisins, chalk, salami-meatiness in the aroma. Dark brown - almost black with tan head that covers. Some lacing. Coffee roastiness dominates. Sweet chocolate flavours with some sherry apparent. Big roastiness in the finish with chocolate on top. Carbonation is lively for style though paradoxically, roastiness makes it seem a bit flat. Body is a bit light. Bottle. Blind tasting #7.
chispito (21) - California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2006 Bottled from Trader Joe’s (I also get it at BevMo sometimes, depending on price).
Big, roasty, thick, alcoholic and rather delicious. Worth two lesser beers.