fatherpierre (62) - Leeds, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A superb stout, with a depth of flavour that simply drives you on to drink more and more.
BelTrippler (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am not a big fan of most of Samuel Smiths products, but this offering is a heavy contender in the world of Imperials. The initial malty flavor dances away to a dulled bitter finish. Head retention is low, but that is what I like about these stouts.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Almost black, nice but thin brown head and lace. Nice sweet roasty aroma with hints of prunes, rum, coffee, chocolate and vanilla...damn! Medium bodied, almost creamy, huge flavors of roast, chocolate, vinous fruits, bit of whiskey character and an almost woody feel? Liked it has aged in wooden barrels. Nice hop presence to balance this most elegant imperial out. Doesnt have the viscosity of the others but world class nonetheless.
leaparsons (7504) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic! A licquorish tang at the finish follows the sweet black coffee taste.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Wow. This beer is incredible. Even better than their oatmeal stout, which was my favorite stout before this. Exceptionally balanced. Medium to full body, extremely creamy, mildly bitter.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice stout thats not to strong, and not too bitter. A slight barely nose and smell and great smoothness. I’d still pick the oatmeal stout over this one.
Sigmund (4538) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jeez - this is a beer for extremists! (At least if you plan downing more than one of them.) If the brewers had roasted the barley more, we’d be talking about cremation, man! This stout is as black (okay then - dark, dark brown) as a beer possibly can get. The aroma however has a surprisingly weak start, but as the beer warms up, you scent prunes, cigar box, strong coffee, midsummer bonfires - you name it! Good head in the start, but it disappears quickly. The flavour is dominated by (overly?) roasted barley, substantial bitterness, burnt sugar and heavily roasted coffee. Unlike some other raters, I find nothing smooth and creamy about it. I have some difficulty deciding how much of the bitterness is distributed between the hops and the roasted barley. Aftertaste lasts a week (okay - a little less). This is a sipping beer, must be excellent after dinner instead of a cup of espresso. The price of course is high (esp. in Norway), but then you don’t need more than one bottle.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice aroma to this one, but a little nondescript. The head and color are better, the color being especially dark and thick-looking. The taste is the best part---coffee, bittersweet chocolate, a tad of hops, and a smooth and lingering bitter coffee-like finish. The alcohol doesn’t show itself until a little while later when the warming starts. I don’t notice the smoky taste in this one like some have mentioned, because if I did I wouldn’t like it. As it is, I love this stout and it has become my second favorite behind Rasputin.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
These ratings are for omhpers bottle 2 yrs old.
I agree with Per, it doesn´t gain anything on storage.
Drink it fresh. Then it is one of the best imperials around.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 16, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice stout, very smokey, roasted smell. Roasted what? I haven’t quite figured that out yet, just kind of roasted. Silky, a bit bitter. I still like their oatmeal stout better.