MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Best before June 01. Wonderful port aroma. Very complex taste, sweet and sour port. Fullbodied. A lovely bottle to enjoy for a long time.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
550mL bottle, 05.19.04 Pours impossibly black; smallish, dark tan head, no lacing. Aromas of bananas foster, bubblegum, gumdrops. Delicious beer with flavors of plum, prune, charred fruits, burnt toast, licorice, dark molasses. Palate is chewy and burnt, but I could go for more sweetness. The malts are quite dominant until the bitter, burnt ending. Great, widely available beer.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 Very dark brow in colour, with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, almost burnt. The taste is malty, and roasted barley, with a splash of alcohol. Feels very smooth in the mouth
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DBF 2004. Jet black with a nice tan head. Aroma is very roasty and burnt. Flavor is quite nice too, silky smooth. Need to do a re-rate on this.
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, thick, luscious, but as much as I like their other beers and others tend to love this, itís just not all coming together for me.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark with ruby hue. Small tan head. Aroma is roasty with strong alcohol smell. Smells like....it took me a while to get it...tequila. Yeah that sounds weird, but that is what the aroma smells like. Tastes roasty and malty, with slight bitterness. Alcohol is not as strong in flavor, but there is some tequila in the flavor as well. Not bad for SS, but next time I think iíll try the Cuervo.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 Boy do I like this beer. This is a very good example. Great color, deep black. Nice dark tan head...and that aroma. Wonderful. I like the last raterís comment who described it as "...scotch, licorice...". I agree. I always felt it had that liquor feel to it. It is a bit thinner than I prefer, but thatís not a huge deal. If I want a chewy one (and I love íem), Iíll opt for a Speedway Stout. The flavor is alcoholic---tasting stronger than the 7% would indicate. Letting it warm a bit really lets it show the chocolate and prune flavors with a nice big wash of coffee and a little hops. A good impy stout in a stupid clear bottle....a train wreck waiting to happen in each and every bottle.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black color with a thick head which is mostly retained. aroma is unique - red wine, scotch, licorice predominate. Not as heavily bodied as I would have expected - a little too fizzy for a stout. Flavor is good, but the alcohol flavor is a bit strong in my opinion. Tastes like scotch whiskey - which then turns over to smoke and coffee in the finish. Not bad, but there are better Imperial Stouts out there.
Lunkie (1641) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate malt flavounr with black apperance and no head. Smooth malt flavour with long palate.
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 very heady, with a nice sweet aroma of molasses and burning caramel, dark head. chocolate and toffee and slight burnt coffee taste with some butterscotch thrown in to mess with my mind. i wasnt that impressed with the aftertaste, a bit of a slick dry cocoa that does not jibe somehow. not bad overall. it is a weird bottle.