beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 I'm rating this one from memory as I didn't take notes at the time I enjoyed it. Don't know if I'm breaking a taboo here but I just had to rate this glorious beer. I recall loving how it poured and feeling warmed inside at the chocolate and coffee flavours. I know it's an Imperial Stout so these flavours are no surprise - still, this beer lingered in my memory for a long time so I can't help but rate it highly.
ReRate: Had it again and was blown away again. This is a fantastic beer. Basically black with a rich and creamy tan head that mostly diminishes but leaves beautiful artistic lacing as you fight the urge to chug this nectar. Full of roated malt and bittersweet chocolate aromas before hitting you with a beautiful balance of bitter and slightly sweet - there's coffee and chocolate again and then some more chocolate in the dry finish. I had to fight to keep from downing it, but I'm glad I did because as it warmed a bit it got even better! Superb.
abents (1) - USA - DEC 30, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose of chocolates and alchol. Dark color with slight head. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and alcohol. A little bitter at end. Very warming and smooth. Delicious.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
slitght chocolate aroma. dark red/black color. small tan head. alot of alcohol comes through in the flavor. has a slight coffe flavor along with some chocolate. It really improves as it warms. more chocolate flavor comes through and there is more balance between the alcohol and the malts. delivers a strong stomach warming.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Pours almost pitch black with a nice smooth tan head. Nice and bitter and oh so very smooth. Chocolaty and roasted flavors throughout.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, almost opaque, nice tan head. Dark malty aroma with some dark chocolate. Flavor was very malty, some alcohol flavors, maybe brandy, along with chocolate and a coffee finish and aftertaste. Medium-full body, but not nearly as full as some of its contemporaries. Very good, not the best, though.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, opaque, big tan head. Nose of Cascades and chocolate. Cascades and alcohol dominate the flavor, with brandyish notes and some coffee and chocolate. Bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rather thin for the style (although the most recent example I had was DFH WWS and that drives my comparison, so maybe that's not entirely fair). The nose and style suggested that this was reminiscent of Storm King, but this one is nowhere near as good as Victory's elixir. RERATE after two and a half (plus a couple of barleywines so you'll excuse the typos!): The alcohol presence is gone, and the chocolate is far more prevalent. I'm starting to like this one a lot more, but I may just be drunk or someshthing. ;)
fiulijn (18056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014
2014-08-14, nitro-keg at St. Augustineís, Vancouver, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Black color with large beige head, creamy. Smooth, chocolatey, balanced and rich, moderately sweet, and not too roasty. But the nitro dumbs it down.
2013-01-30, old bottle, maybe 7 years old, 8-5-9-4-18=44
Black color with creamyhead, very persistent. Interesting aroma, mixing some delicate roasted malt with light cheesy smell (hard Alpine cheese, very light ammonia). The mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with silky roasted malt flavor, dark dry chocolate, an interesting spicy character (pepper and coriander), and moderate bitterness; all very well blended together.
Apparently after many years this beer took an unexpected turn, becoming something new. Excellent sipper. Elegant and intriguing. Iím willing to try an older bottle.
2011-08-22, old bottle, maybe 6 years old, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Black color, still able to produce a generous creamy head. Nice roasted malt aroma, milky, with notes of cardboard and a hint of phenol. The body seems less thick than usual, and indeed there is also a very light sourish note, maybe a refermentation in the bottle occurred; the roasted malt flavor is very good, with plenty of dark chocolate; itís also a bit salty, with leather and just hints of soy sauce; strong bitterness but not aggressive; the alcohol perception is under control. Good but not exciting.
2010-04-13, bottle a few years old, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Creamy roasted malts, ashy, with an excellent body structure and a silky body; strong bitterness and a vanilla touch; very light liquorice in the final.
2010-02-18, bottle a few years old, 9-5-8-5-17=44
Black color; huge, creamy head. The aroma is initially creamy and dusty, with roasted malt and cardboard, lightly smoked. Soft mouthfeel, almost silky; very good chocolate and roasted malt flavor, strong bitterness; there is some sweet liquorice; the final is balanced, less strong and long than I could remember.
2007-01-01, draught at Hop Devil, NYC, 7-5-10-5-18=45
Dark color; persistent creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, delicate, a bit yeasty. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and velvety, good malt, sweetness, not oily, caramel and good roasted malt, a powerful hopping that cannot overwhelm the malt. The final has hop, a lot of caramel and some sweet liquorice. Incredibly pleasant to drink.
2003-12-04, bottle, 9-5-10-5-18=47
Brown color, brown thin creamy head. Strong aroma: chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, dust, liquorice, hop, very light cheesy ammonia. Flows in my mouth like velvety malt ambrosia. Harmonious fugue of roasted malt, malty sweetness, liquorice, caramel, hops, nuts, walnuts and roasted nuts. Long final, a lot of coffee.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF '03 A very nice Imperial Stout,dark brown/black,roasted malts,burnt sugar,bittersweet,nice full body.
CapFlu (5066) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 (Bottle) Brown head with an opaque body. Rich and complex. Cask whiskey, port nose. Coffee, cocoa, whiskey. Excellent! (3.9/5) UPDATE: Beige head, opaque body. Nose of coffee. Cask whiskey flavour, cocoa. Carbonated, thin and fizzy. Obvious alcohol presence. (3.1/5)
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 Smells very strong of roasty creamy chocolate & coffee/alcohol.Nice ebony color/mohogany highlights.Tastes very nice and better as it warms.Roasted choco-coffee/slightly smoked with hops and alcohol w/some cream in there.Hints of port and other complxities just waiting to come out through aging.Intense.