TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice medium head, very rich with a nice bitter taste not feeliing the christmas cake but chocolate for sure.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 My wife brought this back from her trip to New York for me and since I have only ever had the Oatmeal Stout from SS, I thought it was a good choice. After having a bottle, I can say I enjoy it even more than the Oatmeal, a beer I am quite fond of. Deep black pour, small brown/white head. Heavy chocolate and roasted smells. Good carbonation for a stout. Lots of chocolate and roasted barley in the flavour with a really good hop bite at the end. I didn’t notice the alcohol until it warmed up. My wife’s comments was that there was quite a bit of flavour for a stout and I agree – all the usual suspects are there, but it really comes together quite nicely, while not being overwhelmed by alcohol like many in this style are. Quite good.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown/black pour, tan creamy head. Leaves a nice ring around the edge. Aroma is deep with chocolate, licorice. Taste is a bit burnt, with dark cherry licorice, burnt chocolate, and a slight bitterness. Feels a little oily on the palate, and its thick overall.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque black color. Sweet nose. Coffee, chocolate, and sweet flavors. Very creamy texture. There is also a light hop. Very drinkable. Samuel Smith never ceases to please.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
imperial stout tasting, march 04: black, tight beige head. nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee, red liquorice, and a bit of fruit(apple?). more dried fruit in the flavour with dark chocolate, sweetened coffee and a biiter finish balanced between hop and roast. very nice.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2009 Bottled. An aroma of bitter chocolate as well as prunes dates and Christmas cake. The beer is black with an off-white head. The taste is full roasty and stout like with just a hint of mild coffee. Very nice. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.9
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Large, creamy caramel coloured head. Very nice dark dark brown colour. Smells of coffee and sweetness. Tastes of yeast, citrus and coffee. Smooth. Very near perfection.
wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big, thick head. Beautiful fruit and coffee flavors. Bitter. Very smooth to the palate. Awesome beer.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, ok head. Aroma is fruity and from coffee.Flavor is complex and brings coffee and cocoa. Creamy fruity and with a creamy finish. Very good...!!!
rlgk (16536) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2004 Black, nice brownish head.Aroma from coffe and cocoa, sour but in a pleasant way. Flavor is bitter and from coffee, tar and cocoa. Great creamy palate and a hoppy, bitter finish.