mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good quality, it remindsme of Guinness draught without the creamyness. However it has a woodsy feel Gunniess lacks. It is still way too bitter for me to drink repeatedly. I would recomended it to fans of the style. I like the oatmeal style better.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy, tan head. Light begs to get through this extremely dark brew, but, to no avail. It is stopped in its tracks. Malty, chocolatey nose. The alcohol is fairly apparent in this. It feels a little vinous in the mouth. The carbonation is not very apparent. Malty and thick in the mouth. Overall, not bad, but I liked Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout better.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good, and strong Imperial Stout. The hops come through very well. An excellent stout.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2003
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Well I must have got a bad bottle because this stuff was pretty skunky. This seems to be problem with the clear bottles. So take that into consideration when reading this review. So, it has a very dark brown color with some carbonation and a roasted skunk smell. The shunkiness was very clear in the taste and was pretty horrible. Overall this was a bad beer, I must have had a bad bottle due to the high scores most other people gave it. This was one beer that I did not finish, but I will try it again sometime, maybe in the 12oz size instead of the 22oz...
RobBestwick (588) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet and chocolate-like nose, black colour with a small brown head, raisins and christmas pudding flavours, some spicy notes, this is very rich and very thick on the palate, leaves a pleasant warming sensation inside, an excellent stout.
Diablokev (151) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is strong, and of licorice, caramel, coffee, slight hints of berries, alcohol, and chocolate. The appearance is pitch black with a thin brown head. The flavor is of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and again a hint of berries, the alcohol is hidden well. The beer is smooth and silky. Overall very nice.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first glance, it looks like an expresso. Wonderful creamy long lasting tan head. Aromas of chocolate and charred malt. Molasses and licorice flavors make a nice profile. Full bodied and somewhat sweet.
JMerritt (1806) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black in color, light-coffee colored head. Head dropped rather quickly. Pleasant caramel, malt, and coffee aroma (detectable in that order). Flavor has hints of black licorice, mild hoppyness, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Rather dry finish. Most importantly: not skunked! (It's always a crapshoot when buying Samuel Smith brews because of the damn clear bottles. Guess I lucked out this time.) Velvety texture, very smooth. Nice.
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Very good beer. I did not have any problems with skunkiness or anything else that others have commented on. The head of this beer is beautiful--looks like a capuccino head. Color is very dark. The taste is a classic stout with a more coffee flavor with a dark-chocolate flavor thrown in there. The beer isnt as thick as I imagined, which is good and bad. It makes me want to drink it too fast. The best thing about this beer is its long, creamy and pleasant finish. This is probably another reason why I drank it fast. The 7% is hidden amazingly.
re-rate. Aroma is diminished than I remember. Finish is a little watery.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pasteurization hit me right in the kisser, but that was followed by a phenolic (plastic) attack that was unbearable. Avoid this beer. Watch out for skunks too.