jgb9348 (5008) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a very quick dissolving head. Initial smell of roasted barley, but also some detectable malt. A very thick body leads to a complex initial flavour, which subsides to a subtle yeasty flavour. I like this as much as the Oatmeal Stout, but I wouldn't say I like this more! If you've tried one but not the other, then try them both!!!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2004 Wow, this beer looks great in the glass! It pours with a nice thick tan head that doesn't disappear right away. It smells like Molasses when swirled. It starts off sweet and thick in the mouth, and ends w/ a bitterish yeast flavor. Caramel-roasted sweet cherries, if such a thing existed, are in there too. There's a little alcohol at the end too, but it's masked very well. Recommended! Its palate is a bit thick for me, but it has great flavors and looks.
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Stout. Kinda thinner than I expected, but that's not a knock on it.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well it's a good imperial stout. I guess I was expecting something spectacular, but it fell short. Good, just not amazing.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 A nice appearance with a dark black color and a big, light brown head start off this brew. Unlike many stouts, this black is truly black. Holding the beer up to a light, you simply cannot see through it. To quote the great Spinal Tap, "how much more black could this be? And the answer is none --- none more black."
The nose is nice, though it goes from fairly non-existent to pronounced as the beer warms, and it marked by alcohol and chocolate notes. Flavor is nicely balanced and combines the chocolate and roast flavors well, though it is perhaps a tad thin for the style.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very black. Nice tan head that disappears quickly. Slightly sweet with chocolate, coffee, and perhaps a little black licorice. I am not sure about the after taste, though. Over all this is a very good beer.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black in color with a thick tan head that thins out. Smells of roasted barley, coffee, and alcohol. Slightly sweet flavor with a semi-mouthcoating feel. Hints of black licorice in the flavor. Not as heavy as other great imperial stouts but still a very good beer none the less.
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black glass of oil. Extremely viscous and extremely tasty! Not quite as good as the porter in my book, but just a notch below. Inherently heavey and heavenly as weel. Very good winter beer. Enjoy in front to the fire on a cold winter night. Another great Samuel Smiths beer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark as hell,slight to almost no head.Nice aroma of sweet malt and some slight hints of fruit possibly raisin.Taste is malty with chocolate and coffee thrown in for a nice balance of flavor's kind of weak though meaning it was a little thin in the mouth feel.I thought that it should of had a heavier feel for an imperial but in this case it seems to work just fine for.i would have to recommend trying one of these.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This black beer has a thick, light brown head. The nose has a sweet vinous character (sweet raisins and alcohol?) The palate has a nice coffee/burnt grain backdrop with nuances of vinous fruit with a slight sweet malt (caramel) on the finish.