Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Black with ruby highlights and a medium tan head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, roast, coffee and a hint of fruit. Slightly metallic, seems to be common for the Sam Smiths I have had. Medium thick creamy body with low carbonation. A great semi-sweet flavor with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and roast, with hints of molassess, plum, and blackberry. Excellent.
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Often imperial stouts are too sickly malty for me or just ridiculously bitter for no reason. This one is well balanced with a fruity, acidic taste to counter the stout "richness". Very well rounded and changes character nicely as it warms. I was very surprised to find the bottle clear when finished pouring. Over-priced for what it is. Wimpy, short lived head. Uninvolved smell.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley. Very dark to black with little carbonation but with a full lasting head. Flavor was rich and balanced. Very creamy across the palate. Great Stout!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just a beautiful beer to drink. Pours thick and syrupy, and appears to be black as night. Head is a light tan and appearance is very murky in the glass. Body is very medium and has a great creamy roasted mouthfeel. Lots of coffee with some maple syrup and brown sugar hints. Very tasty.
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer's appearance included a small sized tan head with fine-small bubbles that completely dissipated.The body was uncarbonated and opaque with a black hue.The nose of this beer was that of sweaty feet (oh yum) with a very mild coffee flavor.It had a smooth, watery and thin mouthfeel and it was light bodied.The lacing was very sparse.
thedm (5067) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew poured asmall head of fie to large sized mostly diminishing brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and an opaque black body with no visible carbonation. It had a strong dark malt aroma that reminded us of sweaty gym socks and a hint of ammonia. The mouthfeel was smooth and tingly with a lingering tingly finish. It also had a very nice dark malt and mild coffee flavor with a very well hidden mild alcohol content.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 Brown sugar, chocolate, smokey, coffee. Quite a nice mix of sweet and bitter. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Really a tasty brew, but lose the damn clear bottle!
Rerate: Upon retrying this I realized that the flavor was much nicer than I had originally given it credit for and the mouthfeel was a bit fuller than I remembered.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black with a nice rocky tan head and very nice lacing. Big chocolate roasted aroma, quite sweet smelling, banana? Flavor is sweet and roasted malt. A bit lighter then the typical American Imperial Stout. Body is medium and oily.
mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Although I'm not a stout fan, this is a great one to keep around for when I want to mix things up a bit.
bclasen (17) - USA - OCT 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A treat for me on Halloween. Pours to a beautiful beige head, long lasting. Has a great appearance, very dark, nice lacing. Aroma was great & roasty, a bit of chocolate & raisin? Great tasing, a bit sweet, but some slight bitterness. Dry finish, an excellent brew, a real sippin' treasure.