madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2003 Dark dark colour. A chocolate white head, that last quite a bit. What a delicious aroma. Notes of cocoa and coffee. The flavour is brilliant. Again its coffee that comes to my mind, and some damned good one. As in good columbian coffee it has a pleasant touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Its overall very well-balanced. This is absolutely a 'to drink again and again and again ...'-beer.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 This was a tremendously wonderful beer. Very dark and thick. There were significant roasted characteristics to go with the coffee, chocolate, and even a bit of fruity sweetness. Outstanding.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Obviously one of my favorite beers. Extremely well balanced yet complex at the same time. Almost wine like. Dark, rich, a masterpiece.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some coffee. Deep, dark malts with a hint of smoke. Bitter acidic hops aroma. Dark fruit and red wine. Black beer with brownish head. Silky medium carb and medium oily body. Alcohol burn, dark fruit and malty flavors. Coffee and chocolate and bits of acidity. Bitterness, vapory, oak. A little sourness. Really nice stout. Had some characteristics of DFHWWS, though much less sweet and thick.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 7/13/02: black and Tan! roasted coffee cocoa garbage in a barnyard! roasted! Smooth! light bodied! dirt.. soil.. garbage.. old...good...sweet...bitter! THis beer had 2 feet of dust on it when I bought it so I think it was old...that’s twice in 1 day...By the way..this brew is way too light to be an imperial stout IMO
Requested Re-Rate 7/28/02 roasted nuts and coffee aroma, still a bit of barnyard garbage though...aha..far less soil garbage flavor than the first time...a tad bit of chocolate covered fruit, brilliantly contrasted cocoa and plum with some added coffee notes..definately not as light bodied as before....much better I must admit but still not up there with its american cousins
Re-Rate 9/3/02: Lots of complexity but still very light bodied compared to others..
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 Deep flavored and chock-full of body. Sammy Smiths is the first and foremost contributer to the flavor movement in Britain. This Imperial stout is excellent. I tend to have a sweet spot for most Imperial stouts, but this one is truly remarkable. The bouquet is brewing with floral hoppiness and roasty maltiness. The complexity of the flavor is a little less intense than some Imperials I've had, but there is still more here than I have time to jot down. Excellent.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2003 Outstanding!
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sure there are better, but this one has a chocolate, toffee, coffee, fruity, bitter sweet taste. Not much of a head. If you enjoy stouts, this is a must try.
jaymobrown (1771) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a nutty, malty aroma. Dark appearance with little head. A real good roasted chocolate, toffee flavor. This is a beer worth the taste.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good. I can see where it might be described as having a bit of fruit in the flavor. A good imperial stout, but there are better.