kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep black with moderate tan head. Aroma of roast coffee. Flavor is complex: peat, must, black coffee, dark fruits.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown/black body with a chocolate looking head that simmered down to almost nothing.smells like all the other sammy smith’s.nice roasted malt taste with a bit of molasses.very good but a bit light for an imperial.
Pailhead (6358) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Strong chocolate and black licorice aromas. Light coffee and light alcohol in the nose as well. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, but looks a little thinner coming out of the bottle than you’d expect from an imperial. Nice big tan head with good retention. Great lacing. Coffee, licorice, and raisin in the taste the front. Chocolate really seems to come more in the finish which diminishes the black coffee bitterness. Alcohol is virtually covered up 100%. Flavors are nice but not as strong as most imperials.
midwestdrifter (5) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very dark with a quickly dissapating head. very smooth with little carbonation. slight bitterness and alcohol finsh. nothing was too overpowering, well balanced.
Christian (12578) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 A beautiful black stout with a rich malty aroma filled with licorice. A pleasant warm flavour without being too sweet. One of the Kolding Beer Fest beers I must find and give a closer inspection.
Re-rate: Holds up on closer inspection.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of sweet plummy roasted liqorice barley.I poured this 18.7 oz. bottle into my sam smith imperial pint glass.Very nice toffee colored head that hung around the whole beer with a lot of rich lace.The taste is nice,sweet,roasted,some chocolate,hops.The palate comes off low carbonated,very nice med-full bodied stout.This was pulled straight from the case to avoid the dreded lightstruck beer.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a beige head. The taste is sweet and roasted. Has notes of liqourice and light chocolate bitterness.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours and almost total black with mahogany hues. Smells tart, of chocolate, leather, maybe a little plum. Has no head to speak of. Rich, round, luxurious body. Has a the expected burnt and caramel flavors of a good stout but also a unique candy and sherry finish that I have never found in another. The sour twang has thrown me for years and I have only recently been able to appreciate this ale for what it is. Low in alcohol by current American standards.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impressive. Everything about this was complex and high quality. Robust roasted flavors of coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, all laced with a smokey character and perfectly balanced.. This was meant to be sipped slow and enjoyed..
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first imperial stout. Strong alcohol taste but wonderful aftertaste. Chocolate and a sort of coffee flavor. This one converted me to this style.