muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
August 01: Thickest brew I’ve ever had; like drinking milk, or.. well, something else thick. Black as night; brown head dies quickly. Very vinous nose, flavor has expected bitterness, coffee and chocolate notes, and some sweetness. Good, but I’ll take McNeills anyday.
Oct 02: Bumping it up a little; palate is certainly close to perfect, smooth and soft, then a hint of bitterness creeps in, then softens again into a gentle warmth, like a bubble bath. Great beer, and one of the more accessible Imperials out there.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tastey and very satisfying stout. Nice pitch black appearance and a great simple aroma. The flavor was slightly reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Ale but certainly enjoyable.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I do not remember much about this brew, I had it after quite a few Belgian Strong Ales, but as a person who dosent like Stouts, I though this was pretty good.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Your basic stout aroma coupled with neato packaging and the smoothest buttery palate make this almost as good as standing outside a taco bell wearing raRocky Raccoon pelts and throwing rocks at the drive thru window. The head on this was beige that gave way to a deep red color when bubbles perforated it. Very good stout with a light molasses taste.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Rust head on midnight body. Nose of grapes-to-raisins-to-sherry. Same in the mouth, with charcoal, tobacco and plum/prune. Long lovely finish providing a much-needed dryness for all the dark fruit lushness. A classic.
OldJack99 (114) - USA - OCT 4, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
frpst9 (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I ditto everything good everyone has said about this brew. My only objection is that I found it to be a little too much in the alcohol department, not way too much, but enough that it bothered me at times. I’ll be trying Oatmeal next.
Calusa99 (8) - Lynn Haven, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2002 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyable stout, had first one twelve years ago, and last one few days ago, and seemed exactly as I had written down my first impression. Sammy Smith is good!
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very enjoyable Imperial Stout. Starts slightly sweet and finishes a bit to the dry side. A perfect beer for dessert.
RichardGretton (4374) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly similar to some Belgian ales in flavour, but with a strong chocolate and coffee finish. The beer is very smooth which leaves a feeling of chocolate shavings on the throat. Overall the beer is better than OK.