DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 7/13/02: black and Tan! roasted coffee cocoa garbage in a barnyard! roasted! Smooth! light bodied! dirt.. soil.. garbage.. old...good...sweet...bitter! THis beer had 2 feet of dust on it when I bought it so I think it was old...that’s twice in 1 day...By the way..this brew is way too light to be an imperial stout IMO
Requested Re-Rate 7/28/02 roasted nuts and coffee aroma, still a bit of barnyard garbage though...aha..far less soil garbage flavor than the first time...a tad bit of chocolate covered fruit, brilliantly contrasted cocoa and plum with some added coffee notes..definately not as light bodied as before....much better I must admit but still not up there with its american cousins
Re-Rate 9/3/02: Lots of complexity but still very light bodied compared to others..
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 Deep flavored and chock-full of body. Sammy Smiths is the first and foremost contributer to the flavor movement in Britain. This Imperial stout is excellent. I tend to have a sweet spot for most Imperial stouts, but this one is truly remarkable. The bouquet is brewing with floral hoppiness and roasty maltiness. The complexity of the flavor is a little less intense than some Imperials I've had, but there is still more here than I have time to jot down. Excellent.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2003 Outstanding!
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sure there are better, but this one has a chocolate, toffee, coffee, fruity, bitter sweet taste. Not much of a head. If you enjoy stouts, this is a must try.
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a nutty, malty aroma. Dark appearance with little head. A real good roasted chocolate, toffee flavor. This is a beer worth the taste.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good. I can see where it might be described as having a bit of fruit in the flavor. A good imperial stout, but there are better.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong, but not overwhelming. Hint of burnt caramel, dark coffee and liquorice. Slight bitter after taste. Very good, but expensive.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wonderful color, very very dark. This and Weyerbacher’s Imperial Stout are my two favorite beers. Aroma slightly sweet, very nice hint of chocolate, rich flavor with a nice hoppiness. Finishes smoothly, which makes a beer like this preferable to me over Guinness. Incredible!
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
No. 100 for me. This is some great beer. Dark as the darkest night. Aroma is very pleasant with subdued coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, caramel and deeply roasted malts. Taste is a wonderful mix of all those aromas and more. Velvetly smooth texture makes this a delight to sip and savor. This is a classic!!!
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like everything except the finish. Delicious tastes of chocolate, molasses, and caramel. Beautiful dark color. Focused chocolate nose. The hoppy finish is harsh and unpleasant to my tongue.