maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A lovely aroma filled with licquorice greats you as soon as the bottle is poured. There is also some worcester sauce type smells. The beer is totally black with a tan head which quickly disappears save for little patches on top of the drink. The taste is very good - lots of fruit and licquorice again. The 9.3% doesn’t come through and you are left feeling a little cheated because of that. An excellent beer nonetheless which leads me to want to try the others in this range.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a viscous black, small frothy tannish head, with decent lacing. Nice roasted malt aroma, slight sweet soy, with some dark pitted fruit. Flavor is forwardly roasted malts with a slight figgish taste. Slight warming is noticed too, due to the 9.3% ABV albeit there is not taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel on this one is wonderful, very satinish. Finish holds a bit more of the dark fruit, but the roasted malts seems to drop off. Overall its somewhat light for an Imperial Stout, not any real heavy flavors, but it is rather smooth on the palate. Thanks goes out to austinpowers for the trade!
motelpogo (7188) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this was a big bottle for spiesy to cart around and the effort was much appreciated. had a strange lamington aroma (the beer, not spiesy) and defionite whiff of alcohol and what i would call garbage juice but babyshit is close enough. a little messy, some upfront alcohol, cocoa butter and rusty hops
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mighty fine looking beer but it isn't possible to comment about the subtleties of its presentation given the time and stress factor of this being my 22nd sample of the evening. The dire rear (as opposed to badass) nature of the beer wasn't there for me. I do recall the debate on the spelling of the word but it may have been my own farts that gave this character. Sure did pick up the liquorice and fruits but couldn't discern too much in the way of chocolate, more like a burnt malt. This needs a re-rate when I am able to be in the sober company of our benefactor Spiesy.
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
well i was just about ready for bed by this stage so it is quite a challenge to read my notes but here i go. the smell was pretty crazy as with the other historic numbers: pineapple, liquorice, a BBQ in progress. there was also this diarrhoea thing but i think in the cool light of sobriety i'll put that down to the previous beers that had infected my glass. taste is sharp, salty vegemite/bovril/vegetable stock and a dubious pooey aftertaste that i tasted for the duration of the taxiride home, who knows, i must've eaten my own shit or something.
Ernest (6606) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate, burnt caramel), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of alcohol and vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Eh.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque beer with thin brown head.
Roasted aroma with tones of wet things.
Roasted malt flavor with alcoholic tones. Licorice, anis, spices and red meat.
A bit flat aroma but and incredible flavor.
Pitfield shows it strength
johndoughty (4217) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with no head and
tasting of chocolate and coffe.No significant aftertaste
just a pleasant gentle smoked feeling in your mouth.One to sip and contemplate on.
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black in colour with a thin coffee coloured head. Aroma of coffee, cherries, malt, deep roast, smoke. Flavour had lots of coffee up front, malt, smoke, very roasty with a small amount of sweetness. Finish is smokey with a really long bitterness.
rauchbier (3652) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. Jet black, noisily dissolving shortlived beige head, moderate condition. Intense and complex aromas of roast barley, licorice, phenols and creosote. Thick and chewy moutfull of roast barley, plasticy phenols, alcoholic esters and raisins. Long and fruity sweet finish with a slight nutty edge.