beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There's a little deception with the bottle with the gold foil over the top so you're tricked into thinking you have a dark brown bottle, but as you pour it the bottle empties and it becomes a clear bottle. It pours out blubbing from its longer, thinner neck to a super thick dark brown used motor oil color, much like that of what it looks like in the bottle, a finger high head of cocoa brown, very dense whipped cream froth appears with a momentary rocky top then settles slowly down to a thin haze and the lace is in thick sticky sheets with some moth holes in it. Smell has a bunch of licorice and a touch of cherry with notes of sweet chocolate, dark toffee, and french silk pie, sweet tangy roastyness is there but modestly soft. Taste is a mild mellow mix of sweet chocolate, soft tangy roasted malts, and some fruit cake or breads, cherry mostly with some raisin and fig notions. Smooth and lasting medium body feel with some light coffeeish like drying and muffled, dulled fruity roasted tangyness in the finish which lingers for a shortened minute. Goes down easy with some carbonation that lends a somewhat flat soda pop. I just wonder if the light getting through the clear bottle is doing something to it? A solid well balanced Imperial Stout but not all that intriguing or complex really. The nose got a bit more lively as it warmed which was nice, as for the taste the warmth only brought out a flatter roastyness and lost the fruity notions that I did like at first. A great start for any would-be beer lover that wishes to aspire to better beer.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark stuff with a tan head. It did have a nice coffee flavor with chocolate. However I've been ruined with Stone's Imperial and North Coast's "Old Rasputin." This beer does not measure up to those.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Great stuff. what separates this from the others is that you dont get overwhelmed with that big alcohol aftertaste, but you know its good strong stuff
The Etruscan (629) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beige creamy head. Black color. Aroma is roasty with licorice, coffee and dried fruit notes. Flavor is roasty too with licorice tones, ending in a pronounced smokey finish. Medium bodied
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: black as night. A minimal dark brown head. Roasty, chocolatey, raisiny. Very nice.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 Dark black with a creamy tan head. Great tasting stout with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Pours and incredibly sexy black with a thick creamy tan head. The head lasts forever and leaves a thick lacing. Great taste of coffee and roasted malt. Smooth full bodied beer, will drink again.
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 years old (not bottle conditioned)
Dark color, brown head. Aroma of liquorice, paper, malt, black pepper, coffee, toffee, hazelnuts; light tar, phenol…; very nice and complex. Strong mouthfeel, dominated by the liquorice, supported by some malt and replaced at the end by the roasted barley.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with a medium light brown head. The aroma is dark bread, coffe and chocolade. The taste is dominated by roasted coffee-chocolade but I sense there is more fore me to extract in the future.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown color with cola colored head. Taste of bitter chocoloate, raisins, dry hops, and toasted malt. Also has that unique samuels smith's sweet and tangy flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel with light and fine carbonation.