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 (622) - 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.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the finest beers I’ve ever had. I’ve enjoyed this more each time I’ve tried it. The aroma is rich with luscious chocolate. The flavors include chocolate, caramel, roasty espresso, molasses, and cloves. It’s thick and creamy, black in the glass with a brown foamy head. Splendid.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2003 Pours a thick, dark almost black color. Low carbonation with average head. Smells of chocolates and coffee, a malty bitter smell of a true imperial stout. FULL of flavors. I would have to drink 100 of these to find all the different flavors. My favorite beer at the moment. Rerate DowngradeNot as rich as I remember, but still thick and complex. Still yummy though.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a pretty damned near incredible brew that I don’t take for granted in any way. This is the best beer I received through my Secret Santa samplings(thanks for the setup ChimayBabe) and like all imperial stouts, it knocked me on my ass. Very little head (probably due to transit) but what head was present was dark tan, nose of sweet, syrupy alcohol; palate was infused with robust coffee and licorice overtones, and finish was slightly acidic and burned inside with alcohol - a perfect winter brew...
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark not quite black color and medium head. Roasted aroma. Bitter roasted chocolate flavor. You can taste the alcohol. Acidic finish.