SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whoah. This beer gave me a good ass-kicking. Guess that's why it's sold in 4-packs. Well worth the 6-pack price.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells very nicely of malty goodness, seeping roasted smell followed by some more floral and fruity hints. Color is black, whit barely any head. For some reason it's in a clear bottle, which probably isnt the best way to store it. Either way it has a great flavor overall, but it lacks in the body department. Palate is thin but still pulls of a nice alcohol and hoppy bite.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep burgandy-black color with an off-white medium thich head. Smelled of dark fruit, port wine and liquorice. Incredibly smooth silky mouthfeel. Tasted of chocolate covered cherries, raisons and prunes. A rich decadent brew.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Black, almost purple. Thin, lacey caramel to white head, Smells great! Mild, dry port wine, similar but a little more pungent , more sweet even than the taddy porter aroma. Bottle.
Ripe plum, sweet with burnt notes throughout. Has a chocolatey finish. The roasted malt is almost ash/tobacco like with a very dry flavor, but very understated. This is in stark contrast with the ripe plum flavor that hits the top of the palette. A bit too much carbonation upon first opening, gives an improper texture and disrupts the body. Not as much body as I was hoping for, though it is still medium-full. Aftertaste lingers, like sucking on a caramel chocolate chew (after trying this some more, I’d say more like peanut brittle! yum). As the beer warmed, carbonations became perfect, and the flavor warmed and became much fuller. I sat there with a thermometer and tried it at many temperatures. It seemed best around 57-59. Again, the initial bittersweet-oil taste is a bit too much and detracts some, but other than that, a hell of a solid beer
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Totally opaque black color, dark beige head. Dark chocolate and crushed roasted coffee beans aroma mixed with a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body and oh so chocolaty still somewhat woody with just a touch of acidity. As time goes by, hop start to show up. Acidic/bitter finish, quite long.
guzzler67 (1503) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful, deep dark color. Good sized head with nice lacing. Multi-dimensional aroma of coffee, licorice, caramel and molasses. Equally interesting taste with the roasted chocolate malts setting the tone. Smooth, lasting malt aftertaste.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate, roasty, sugary aroma. Smoked oak, bitter, burnt butter flavours, thick body, finishes well.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2004 Deep brown with small tan head, good lacing, full-bodied. Vinous aroma, hints of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, leather, very complex. Surprising fruity undertones on the palate (plum?) and a serious roasted taste. Port like warmness and finished dry, great mouthfeel. Not an "over-the-top" Imperial like some American versions, just a darn good classic.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red-black with a tan head. Very bold alcoholic aroma. Very sweet in flavor with a noticable alcoholic kick to it. Very warming to the stomach. A slight roasted/coffe flavor was noticed as well as bit of spice but to me it was mostly just sweet. Almost similar in sweetness to a red wine. I was somewhat disappointed to see that it comes in a clear bottle. Not really my cup of tea. I don't think that i have really developed a taste for this style yet.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark, almost black, with a short lived light brown head. Smelled almost like a red wine. Lots of sweetness came through, and it seemed to mask the roasted barley flavors a bit. Just a very slight alcohol feel in the finish. A fairly impressive imperial.