clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer pours a very dark color with a dark medium head. The aroma is full of scents of alcohol as well as some chocolaty malts. The taste is of burned malts and licorice and the alcohol is not extremely well masked as well as very dry tasting. The dry and burned malt stick around in the aftertaste. This beer is fairly easy to drink for an imperial stout, but not being a fan of imperial stouts, I would not have more than one.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, caramel, and porty aroma. Great black color with tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate & Licorice flavors are very rich and full. Great beer though I do like a Oatmeal stout a tad better.
caesar (5123) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 Black color, small frothy off-white head. Aroma of burned malts, bread and licorice. Sweet burned taste, again the bread and the licorice.
skortila (4512) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really like the aroma, strong, but smooth. Malty, bit sweet, burned. Apearrance is okay, not impressive. Black coloured; frothy and dying head. Taste is wuite burned, malty. Smooth taste, some fruits, who make it more interesting. Dry palate. Okay but perhaps a bit boring.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark alright but if you're very attentive I think you'll find a port colour hue around the edges. I found the stout very dry, flavoursome and long lasting on the palate. Solid beer bout I have to place it behind the Lion Stout just had before it.
Panzuriel (1309) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very delicious beer. Dark with a great head. Nice full malts with a chocolate and fruit flavor. Good bitters finish out the flavor. A excellent beer.
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yummy. I thought their oatmeal stout was good. This could compete for my favorite imperial stout. Chocolate, lightly fruity, moderate bitterness. Alcohol is not too powerful, almost nonexistent in the flavor. I will drink this beer again.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good, but somewhat too bitter for my tastes.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Toasted, burnt malt aroma. Glorious to behold, black hue with a creamy light brown head all presented in a great bottle. Great complex flavours and dry full bodied palate. Chocolate, coffee, raisins and burnt fruit flavours are just stunning. Michael Jackson describes this as liquid christmas pudding and I think that is pretty accurate, I love christmas pudding and I just love this stout. The best stout I have had to date. Fantastic!
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very, very dark ruby color, nice head for a stout. A little too vinegary for my liking, but still good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. I like the carbonation, but then I'm that way. Good, but not fantastic.