mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black with small loose capaccino head. Vinuous and slight coffee aroma. Intense heavily roasted malt flavour, very nice at the beginning but then the burnt aspect takes over. Just too roasted for my taste. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the Taddy Porter.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, black. incredible nose. Sweet, chocolatey, raisiny, like an incredible port wine. Heavy mouthfeel with swirling flavors of malt, chocolate and mollasses. Smooth. easy finish. Outstanding beer.
Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Higher alcohols in aroma. Flavor has butterscotch some chocolate, malt disappears into a dry finish. Could use more body and malt flavor, diacetyl detracts, but has a good bitterness.
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glad to have shared it as I couldn't get through the pint. Beautiful dark colour and barley wine taste. Chicory roasted and not too coffee was a plus. Creamy and bit chewy-was that supposed to be? Nice carbonation. Judging by the label, its been brewed for over 100 years so it was nice to participate in a tradition. Not the best Samuel Smith.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(on bottle)Sometimes I get confused about "porters" and "stouts". This one pulls a nice 7%, as a imperial stout, but has the thin, clearnes in the side of the glass, as a porter. Anyway, the aroma is very heavy on berries and nut, some caramel too. The taste is smooth, but not as full/creamy as a heavy stout and ends slightly bitter; get ready for the next sip.
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Beers like this one is the reason I drink. Pours black with an outstanding aroma (almost red wine like)rich berries. Taste of malts takes over this beer. Finish is just enjoyable as the first sip. Drink at room temp you most certainly will enjoy it more. Doesn't have that American punch but a great Imperial stout to start a non-drinking beer fan out with.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black color that is topped by a creamy head. Thick aromas of molasses, coffee, chocolate, and dense dark malts all are found in the nose. Surprisingly any roast malt character is pretty subdued. This beer has a light creamy mouthfeel, with a finish of roast malts. The taste is reminiscent of malt balls, with molasses notes up front. The finish is sweet but it is balanced by a burnt acidity, the combination of the two is quite good. I also get notes of espresso and burnt raisins. This is pretty good, I haven't had one of these in years, and hopefully I will revisit this one sooner rather than later.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours thick, dark blackish-brown with a large tan head that settled at a moderate pace. Aroma is delicious, lots of dark dried fruit scents - raisins, figs, prunes - along with generous amounts of molasses and coffee with a hint of hoppiness. Flavor is nice too, dark roasted malts, sweet and thick with strong bitter coffee and hop finish. Full body and creamy carbonation. A good stout from the land of the original Imperials.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, with very nice beige head. Coffee, Mollases aroma. Smokey, deep coffee, taste, fairly smooth on the palate. A very nice beer, but what Imperial Stout isn't?
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark pour with a beige head. Nose is complex as all get out with the smell of strong licorice, coffee, and berries. Mouthfeel is strong of carbination. Taste is smokey, malty, and of bitter roasted hops. Finish is slightly astringent and bitter, almost like iced coffee. This is a very complex beer that is not at all unpleasing. I would recommend this as an after meal or dessert beer.