BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Re-rate: Opaque with a brown creamy/frothy head. Touch of lace. Just beautiful. The aroma is layer upon layer...smoke, fruit, caramel malt, chocolate, coffee....Taste is layer upon layer as well. Touch of licorice towards the end. A little bit sour, a little bit sweet. Hint of carbonation that adds a lively presence to the medium body. Nice hop balance on the finish. This is clearly one of my favorites - in fact, it's perfect. The Imperial Stout I hold all others up to measure on!!!
egajdzis (5488) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown, not opaque color with a large tan. It left some lacing on the glass. Had an aroma of chocolate malt, and fruits, most notably raisins. Taste of coffee, chocolate malt and some hops as well. It finished with a quick oily taste. The best session Imperial Stout I had tonight, if there ever was one.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful black body and a tan head, now diminished but a little lacing. Great smell of coffee and bitter chocolate, maybe raisin. Great taste. Same as the bouquet. Very rich like cold espresso. Great mouth feel. The beer itself is very smooth and pleasing to multiple senses. Not as bitter as other imperials, and not as strong alcoholically. Awesome. Best of the Samuel Smith's, and they're all good.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all time favorite beers. I love the full bodied malty sweet flavor. The benchmark of Imperial Stout's. Most microbrewed Imperial's have more hop flavor than I care for.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 Black. Smallish brown head. Sweet, APPLES, chocolate, liqourice, rye bread, vegemite/marmite?, oily, very full. Complex. Great.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A virtually black beer with chestnut highlights around the rim of the glass. Pours with a dark tan head which quickly dissipates but leaves a small ring around the glass. The aroma is faint and difficult to place. The taste, however, is astounding. Sweetness, hops bitterness, chocolate, a little vanilla, fruit, and nuts all in a creamy mouthfeel. I keep envisioning chocolate covered cherries as I drink this beer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque balck, with a small tannish head. Sweet malt and fruit aromas with roast and some alcohol. Chocolate and more roast malts, some fruit that could be raisins. Very smooth beer with a bitter finish. Fine Imperial. Great beer for #200!
desurfer (1244) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque black body, creamy mocha head. Aroma of raisins, coffee, and alcohol. Bitter chocolate and roasted coffee in the flavor, along with an alcoholic warmness that seems too much for a beer of only 7%. Fine carbonated mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There's a little deception with the bottle with the gold foil over the top so you're tricked into thinking you have a dark brown bottle, but as you pour it the bottle empties and it becomes a clear bottle. It pours out blubbing from its longer, thinner neck to a super thick dark brown used motor oil color, much like that of what it looks like in the bottle, a finger high head of cocoa brown, very dense whipped cream froth appears with a momentary rocky top then settles slowly down to a thin haze and the lace is in thick sticky sheets with some moth holes in it. Smell has a bunch of licorice and a touch of cherry with notes of sweet chocolate, dark toffee, and french silk pie, sweet tangy roastyness is there but modestly soft. Taste is a mild mellow mix of sweet chocolate, soft tangy roasted malts, and some fruit cake or breads, cherry mostly with some raisin and fig notions. Smooth and lasting medium body feel with some light coffeeish like drying and muffled, dulled fruity roasted tangyness in the finish which lingers for a shortened minute. Goes down easy with some carbonation that lends a somewhat flat soda pop. I just wonder if the light getting through the clear bottle is doing something to it? A solid well balanced Imperial Stout but not all that intriguing or complex really. The nose got a bit more lively as it warmed which was nice, as for the taste the warmth only brought out a flatter roastyness and lost the fruity notions that I did like at first. A great start for any would-be beer lover that wishes to aspire to better beer.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark stuff with a tan head. It did have a nice coffee flavor with chocolate. However I've been ruined with Stone's Imperial and North Coast's "Old Rasputin." This beer does not measure up to those.