MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
thick and creamy dark tan head, frothy at center and thick lacing. black body, no light shines through. burnt malt aroma, also some pine and grassy notes. cocoa powder nose too. very mild & complex flavor to start, medium body and low carbonation. smooth roasted malt flavor, mild bitterness. raisin notes after warming. light bitter and coffee finish.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my second imperial stout, and it gives me much greater hope for coming to love this style. It poured a nice pitch black with only the slightest tinges of red around the edges, capped off by a moderate brown head. Aroma was both roasted and fruity, recalling black cherry and plum. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a comfortable alcohol finish are most apparent, along with a nice complete roastedness. Most notable, however, was the sublime smoothness of this stout; despite the intensity of its flavors, it was lusciously thick and creamy and smooth in the mouth. A most excellent stout.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Bottle at Yeomanís Road Pub. There is no downside to this stout. It is the classic English style Imperial stout in look, smell, taste and mouthfeel. Soooooo drinkable.
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 Black apperance with a moderate sized head. The aroma is very chocolatey with some milk and licorice thrown in there. The flavor is somewhat sour with dark chocolate and licorice coming through. This is a nice stout although I still enjoy the Oatmeal Stout better. Good one.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with nice beige head. Stong roasted flavors with dark fruit, however Iím suprised at how overwhelming the alchol is for a beer thatís just 7% ABV...warming, but imposes a tad too much on the flavor..
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2004
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. My introduction to Imperial Stout. It was a huge dissapointment. A deep brown/black colour, with little head. Licorice flavour was a little unpleasant, especially when combined with raisiny notes. I didnít like this one, hope you have more luck.
mjg74 (2957) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark black color. Has a sort of chocolate/caramel scent. Flavor is very smooth, very roasted. Maltiness, chocolate, a little bit of coffee. Slight alcohol kick, but not like some imperials. Overall a very delicious stout.
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice. Rich malty flavor. Warming but not overly strong alcohol tones. I think Iím going to have to have a Rasputinís as Iím no longer sure which is my favorite.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 OK , clear bottle with a dark beer. The only gripe can be where the beer is not up to scratch. This one? Jeeeesus, sensational. It presents itself in the glass as a dense and seriously assertive ale. The nose is rich and complex which is supported by the body and eventual mouthfeel. There is chocolate, coffee and deep burnt caramel to demonstrate the complex integration of an immensely brilliant beer. Everything about this one is an absolute champion. Into the top ten with a bullet.
Hangover (1110) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, I want to gripe about the clear bottles. Sam Smith is a pretty solid brewer, I wish they would get away from these. Anyways, to the review. BLACK pour, with a wonderful reddish brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is excellent. Smokey with some molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit mostly plum and more roasted/toasted malts. Pleasant mouthfeel with top notch hopping at the end. Dry, slightly bitter finish, just how I like stouts to end. Iím glad that sam smiths didnít go with a higher abv and perhaps lose some of the complexitiy that this brew has. Very nice.