Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Holy cow! Smooth like the dickens, full-bodied and creamy. Longer lasting head than almost any impy I know. And incredibly balanced. Sure, the American Impys challenge the palate and tastebuds in different ways, some more malty and some hoppier. Nils Oscar is wonderful roastiness with a bit lighter body. But this is a different animal in its refinement. I love it!
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black as night with basically no head. Not as thick as some of the other top Imperial Stouts. A sour chocolate flavor, semi-sweet, bitter, and alcohol noticable. I did not find the complexity nor the richness I expected.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. The granddaddy of imperial stouts, and still a leading contender. Blacker than the ace of spades. Nose is sweet, with notes of figs, fruit, and brandy. Flavor is extremely rich, with the major impression being that of almost straight molasses, but somehow I mean that in a good way. The very definition of what it means to drink a vinous beer, with its richness, smoothness, and strength. Would prefer a bit more carbonation. As it finished, it winds up with just a hint of chocolate for a pleasing end to a lovely experience. A beauty, but Stone and Victory have surpassed this one, as nice as it is.
pilsnerrogge (2351) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Thick palate. Bitter and roasty flavour. Aftertaste is almost salty.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black w/ a frothy head that settles down quickly, this Imperial Stout has more of the ’coffee’ taste than other I.S.’s I’ve tried. I didn’t think that the overall taste was that strong. Also, the alcohol wasn’t well hidden. A decent imperial stout, but I prefer others.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good stout with a great aroma. Very tasty with strong coffee tones. A little more watery than I would have liked, but only a little.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As I probably have said before, I am a big fan of Samuel Smith, just suffer sticker shock from the price. When I was over in England and saw it in a local pub for the price of a local pint here, I jumped on it. That being said, I love stouts so my opinion may be biased. The look and taste of this is great! Black as sin with a wonderful aroma. I rate the imperial over the oatmeal, even though both are excellant.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep-space darkness accentuated by only the thinnest shim of burnt orange. like our current executive branch of government, a token and unimpressive head. it’s vastly more substansial beneath that airy pate however, a concentrated doppelbock aroma of dried fruits steeped in brandy, sweet smelling but manifestly corpulent (you’d guess it was la brea tar, extra virgin whale oil and vegemite). very espresso-like taste, like sweet freeze-dried coffee disolving on the tongue, some sherry and black licorice, modest bitterness. delightful and perfectly interchangeable with a barley wine next time stephen hawking pops by for a night cap.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One excellent imperial stout. Dark in color and nice coffee flavor.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent stout. dark color. Light roast coffee flavor and just the right tint of alcohol flavor