ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black color with a thick head which is mostly retained. aroma is unique - red wine, scotch, licorice predominate. Not as heavily bodied as I would have expected - a little too fizzy for a stout. Flavor is good, but the alcohol flavor is a bit strong in my opinion. Tastes like scotch whiskey - which then turns over to smoke and coffee in the finish. Not bad, but there are better Imperial Stouts out there.
Lunkie (1665) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate malt flavounr with black apperance and no head. Smooth malt flavour with long palate.
Kevin (2182) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 very heady, with a nice sweet aroma of molasses and burning caramel, dark head. chocolate and toffee and slight burnt coffee taste with some butterscotch thrown in to mess with my mind. i wasnt that impressed with the aftertaste, a bit of a slick dry cocoa that does not jibe somehow. not bad overall. it is a weird bottle.
Choos (697) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vinuous winey aroma with a generous amount of coffee, prunes and a hint of malt made me want to sniff this for hours. Appearance is fabulously black with a dark brown head, looks oily. Flavour was mochery and fortified wine fruity with a hint of yeasty balancing flavour. This was thick and smooth and incredibly balanced only loosing points because of the weird clear bottle.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from happyydeli NYC- Smells and of coffee dark color brown head taste strong good shit thinner than i thought
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Uh, erm......prune and licorice juice. Little bit of coffee. Mouthfeel thin but intensely oily. Distinctive Sam Smith’s yeast. Rummy. If this were crystallized into candy, my grandma would love it. Of course, she’s into prunes and licorice and rum. I’m not.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black with small loose capaccino head. Vinuous and slight coffee aroma. Intense heavily roasted malt flavour, very nice at the beginning but then the burnt aspect takes over. Just too roasted for my taste. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the Taddy Porter.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, black. incredible nose. Sweet, chocolatey, raisiny, like an incredible port wine. Heavy mouthfeel with swirling flavors of malt, chocolate and mollasses. Smooth. easy finish. Outstanding beer.
Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Higher alcohols in aroma. Flavor has butterscotch some chocolate, malt disappears into a dry finish. Could use more body and malt flavor, diacetyl detracts, but has a good bitterness.
Sammy (10322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glad to have shared it as I couldn't get through the pint. Beautiful dark colour and barley wine taste. Chicory roasted and not too coffee was a plus. Creamy and bit chewy-was that supposed to be? Nice carbonation. Judging by the label, its been brewed for over 100 years so it was nice to participate in a tradition. Not the best Samuel Smith.