0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown, clear; black as night in the glass. Medium sized, initially fizzy head that smoothed out nicely. Froth is a bit thick to lace, so it blotches and coats, but in a nice way. Wonderful smell of cooked bananas and a hint of plum
(now prunes?). This beer is a one thing beer, as in palate and taste combined: very malty intake, hit by a burst of lovely, dry carbonation, followed by a sour and fruity(prunes and oh so mild licorice) sweet. Mouth starts watering immediately after carbonation burst and sour(hops)//sweet flavors kick in. Good alcoholic flavor as it warms up. A bit alcoholic warmed up considering the strengths of the other flavors, but overall very good, dry; not overly flavorful, but good flavors.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, dark pour, with small but fluffy head. Great dark chocolate, smoky flavor, with a hint of skunk.
jerohen (2086) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2007 Very very dark, small brown head. Great aroma, roasted malts with some port-notes and some fruit. Malty flavour, some (dried) fruit, quite bitter but with some sweetness to compensate. Once and awhile some lactic notes shine through. Perfectly balanced and long lasting finish, it makes you want more and more. One of the rare Imperial Stouts that is actually pretty easy to drink. Everything is in perfect harmony, really good.
almostfrozen (26) - USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with medium-sized, fluffy, tawny head. Sweet smell. Rich, malty, almost chocolatey. 12 oz. bottle.
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Paid $2.99 for a 550ml bottle.
Mindblowingly beautiful beer. Black as night, with a beautiful brown soft, fluffy head.
Smell... ahhh. Sweet chocolate, cherry cordial scent. Extremely appealing!!!!
Oh man, fives all over the place. GREAT taste, unbelievably good! Delicious chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, with the slightest hint of liquor-- really reminds me of a rich cherry cordial at christmas.
Great beer! I might even say it's a candidate for a session beer if you're not trying to outdrink your friends.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 Beautiful stout, black as the night with a tall light brown head. Delicate sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and liquorice. Flavor is bitter/sour with penetrating notes of malt, fruit, chocolate and coffee. Another excellent and very smooth stout from Samuel Smiths.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A powerfull imperial stout with a nice chocolate taste. A great beer to enjoy while watching the greatest TV show ever - Firefly.
Blockhead (11) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As with almost every beer in this brewery's portfolio, this is a sure thing. This beer introduced me to the Imperial stout genre, and I have never abandoned it due to the well-crafted nature of it. It's best served a about 10 degrees below room temperature (maybe 60-65 degrees), and will put a smile on your face every time. It does seem a tad weak compared to Rasputin and is WAY weaker than World Wide, but this is a good thing for me as I can actually taste the subtle ingredients.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Wow this stuff is very good and evolves quite nicely in the mouth. Dark colour with a thin to non-existant head. The nose is very sweet and malty, same goes for the taste but it evolves from warm and full to very crisp and bitter. Easily drinkable, something that I cant always say about other stouts.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of phenolithic banana. The taste is full, malty and dark chocolate with a bitter finish. Go Sam Smith's!