slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma was great. This stout was very tasty. Very strong as well. I love Samuel Smiths Brews, they never disapoint!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 Dark black opaque hue. Burnt grain, chocolate/coffee head. An incredibly complex palate, chewy, dark fruit, raisons, plum, currant, blackberry, black cherries. Vinous qualities, port, licorice. Lovely dryness in the end. A perfect brew, im speechless.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Bottled. A special beer selected for my 200th rating. Almost totally black - held up to the light and it couldn’t even been seen through! - though there is a slight hint of red. The aroma is of roasted malt, alcohol and coffee. The flavour is also predominantly a roast malt flavour, with coffee clearly there. The alcohol is not so high as to ruin the beer - but is certainly not a beer you would want to drink many of in one night - both because of the strength and the price!.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 A classic. Strong taste of coffee mixed with light malty sweetness. If you can find this beer fresh its a real treat.
cooltunesmann99 (6) - USA - NOV 3, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3423) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely black with a thin brown head and a roasty, smokey nose. There is a subtle sweetness of dark chocolate and burnt caramel with roasted grains/coffee tastes and an almost smoked bacon flavor. Buttery mouthfeel with a stong bitter finish. Not as strong or as sweet as some Amereican imperials, but very drinkable and enjoyable.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a blend of coffee, brandy and a sort of lactic tang that reminds me of...yogurt! Color is deep, inpenetrable brown/black...Head is full, mocha-hued and marked with sink-holes---drizzly concentric rings of lace follow the body down the glass...Flavor is complex combo of coffee and chocolate with light hoppy tang and traces of sweetness beneath...Body is full, but with a mouthfeel that is at once chewy and smooth...There are ’bigger’ imperial stouts out there, but not many with the balance and smoothness this possesses...Another excellent offering from a great brewing house...
PorterPounder (5451) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heavy, smoky aroma which leads to a thick, black syrupy pour. Head is quickly dissipating with little lace. A little bit more bitterness than other Imperials and a bit more smoke flavor rather than chocolate. Excellent representation of the style. Why the clear bottle though?
Ungstrup (29217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black beer with a beutiful head. It has an aroma of smoked malt. It has a very filling feel and a good taste of smoked malt. Definatly a beer I’ll have again.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20