DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very different Imperial Stout compared to the heavily dark roasted and bitter American versions, and still a solid favorite; Initially, very sweet and oatmealy as compared to other Imperial Stouts, but the moderately strong dark roasted malt flavor and the bitterness kick in and modestly balance the beer fairly quickly, though the sweet oatmeal flavor remains the dominant force here; Very rich and creamy mouthfeel coddles the palate; The nose is sweet, sweet, sweet, with some maple syrup thrown in for good measure; Jet black in color and very nearly opaque; The bubbly, light tan head is huge during the pour with a nice creamy coating, and retention and patchy lacing are fairly good; Truly a delicious beer!
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 A great beer. Appearance: pours like a bottle of pure darkness; darker than the inside of a coffin at midnight, with a decent but diminuitive head for a stout. Aroma: deep almost musky aroma, like wet cedar chips. Taste: Cuts almost straight through you. No nonsense flavor that gets right to the point. Nothing complex about this one, actually refreshing in a way. Mouthfeel: great palate...leaves a dry feeling on your tongue that only more samuel smith imperial stout can satisfy. Overall I think this is one of the best Imperial Stouts around!
r464 (2264) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark as night. A brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. A roasty, coffee flavor with less alcohol feel than most imperials. A bit of fruitiness hidden in there.
DanielBrown (4378) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2004 Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Rich, cough syrup/raisin aroma. Impenetrable balck body with slim brown skin of froth. Bold coffee taste. Thick mouthfeel with a warming quality, especially through the finish, where th ABV hits home. Sets the taste buds buzzing it does. Lingering chocolate and almost cheese in the finish. Bold, balanced and rewarding. Thick, tasty and fulsome.
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark and with a fine, lacing head. It dosn't have any real special aroma or flavor exept fore the classic Stout aromas and flavors. Roasted, dark and pure.
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 (2169) - 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 (2045) - 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.