almostfrozen (26) - USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with medium-sized, fluffy, tawny head. Sweet smell. Rich, malty, almost chocolatey. 12 oz. bottle.
hershiser2 (1357) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Paid $2.99 for a 550ml bottle.
Mindblowingly beautiful beer. Black as night, with a beautiful brown soft, fluffy head.
Smell... ahhh. Sweet chocolate, cherry cordial scent. Extremely appealing!!!!
Oh man, fives all over the place. GREAT taste, unbelievably good! Delicious chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, with the slightest hint of liquor-- really reminds me of a rich cherry cordial at christmas.
Great beer! I might even say it's a candidate for a session beer if you're not trying to outdrink your friends.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 Beautiful stout, black as the night with a tall light brown head. Delicate sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and liquorice. Flavor is bitter/sour with penetrating notes of malt, fruit, chocolate and coffee. Another excellent and very smooth stout from Samuel Smiths.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A powerfull imperial stout with a nice chocolate taste. A great beer to enjoy while watching the greatest TV show ever - Firefly.
Blockhead (11) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As with almost every beer in this brewery's portfolio, this is a sure thing. This beer introduced me to the Imperial stout genre, and I have never abandoned it due to the well-crafted nature of it. It's best served a about 10 degrees below room temperature (maybe 60-65 degrees), and will put a smile on your face every time. It does seem a tad weak compared to Rasputin and is WAY weaker than World Wide, but this is a good thing for me as I can actually taste the subtle ingredients.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Wow this stuff is very good and evolves quite nicely in the mouth. Dark colour with a thin to non-existant head. The nose is very sweet and malty, same goes for the taste but it evolves from warm and full to very crisp and bitter. Easily drinkable, something that I cant always say about other stouts.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of phenolithic banana. The taste is full, malty and dark chocolate with a bitter finish. Go Sam Smith's!
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome brew! Tastes like candy! Apple cidar aroma, great roasted hops and malts, smokey. Flavor is of roasted hops and malts, chocolate/coffe influences. Texture is creamy and finish is hops bitter and moderately dry. Great stuff! Tastes like the Oatmeal stout, with more hops and slightly more dry with a slight hint of alcohol in the 7% ABV.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a slightly translucent black with a very nice brown head. Aromas of maple and molasses, with wonderful flavors of roasted malt and coffee. An excellent stout all around.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black color with a nice brown head. Very nice bacon and maple syrup aroma. Very rich smokey sweet flavors of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Very enjoyable!