RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black black black...I even put a small flashlight up to the mug and it didnít shine through. Seriously. Aroma of malt and coffee with perhaps a milk chocolate overtone. Nice head, about the same color as a root beer slush. Taste of malt and coffee on the front, with a smokey, bitter chocolate finish. An almost sickly sweet finish as I close on the bottom of the mug. Thin, and a bit greasy like all Sammy Smith products Iíve tried.
rajendra82 (1049) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer came in a 550 ml. sturdy looking clear (why?) bottle that released an a dark brown liquid with red highlights. This beer does not have the inky black look of other imperial stouts. The head was coffee-colored and formed at about 1Ĺ inches thick initially, but then quickly dissipated to a thin layer of foam and some decent lace. The aroma was roasted coffer and dark chocolate goodness, with a dollop of dark skinned fruits thrown in the mix. The taste was a delightfully intense balance between the sweet flavors of raisins, figs, toffee, and apples; and bitter notes of old coffee and unsweetened chocolate. The alcohol warmth was pretty tepid for an imperial stout, and is clearly not the draw in this beer. The mouthfeel was also quite a bit lighter that the big boys, but was satisfying nonetheless. An easy drinking stout that is clearly a step above the ordinary, but remains very approachable still. A sessionable imperial stout if you will.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured almost black with a fairly big tannish head. Aroma of Chocolate and mild coffee. Licorice came out as it warmed in both aroma and flavor. Also chocolate and a roastiness in the flavor with a slight bitterness in the finish. I felt the body was too thin and ABV too low for itís style. Tasty but nothing stellar.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Black color, roasted malts, liquorice coffee aroma and taste, Full body, smooth finish. Great stout.
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark and tan head, this is a good beer. Flavor is of roasted malts and chocolate, and not too sweet, which is a good thing for me. Great brew.
JonMoore (2063) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured very dark, with a light, tan coloured head. Aroma is chocolate with some liquorice. Flavour is chocolate, roast, and dry bitter at the end. Thick bodied, very smooth. Excellent stout.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2010 550 ml bottle. Pitch black beer with a large lasting light brown head. Rich chocolate aroma with a prominant coffee aroma. As it warms, even more sweet malty aroma come to the front, especially caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Flavour is also sweet milk chocolate and coffee on the front with a nice molasses and licorice flavours before fading into a roasty, slightly smokey finish. The finish has some faint bitterness and leaves a nice long vanilla flavour. This brew is as smooth as silk and incredibly delicious. Pretty solid brew, but not really much of an imperial these days.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good Imperial Stout. Deep brown, black appearance. Nice tan head. Strong alcohol, coffee, slight roasted aroma. BItter taste. Also strong coffee and alcohol. I might have to give this another try, then again, maybe not.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful black body with full tan head. Aroma of bitter choolate and roasted coffee and a little anise. Full bodied and creamy but a tad more carbonation than I like in a stout. Flavor was sweet but not cloying, robust and full. Classy stout.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Brown Coloring. Good Head. Smells like Pumpernickel Bread. Chocolate. Coffee... a bit Bitter. Malt. Roasts. Thought this was very good and distinctive in its own right...would definilty save a bottle or two, but wouldnít drink it all the time.