LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If I must pick 5 Stouts in the World this is one of them. Heavy on the O.G. makes it quite "stocky" full of burnt sugar and a dry finish makes this beer a complete meal.
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tastes exactly like an Irish Car Bomb
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown head, opaque black in color. Sweet, starchy aroma. Tastes a little like a smoked ham (in a good way), obviously very thoroughly roasted, judging from the color and the burnt taste. Medium heavy body, goes down very smoothly. Aftertaste of the roasted barley, missing in any kind of lightness or fruit sweetness. Regardless, a very good beer.
Correction: The aftertaste does lighten and sweeten a bit, about 20 minutes after the beer is gone. Quite nice.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Pours black with a small tan head that quickly diminishes. There is a nice oily sheen to this. A wine like aroma. Very smooth. A good combination of roasted malts and sweetness that is not overpowering. A good introduction to someone who has never tried this style.
jgb9348 (5605) - 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 (1748) - 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 (4849) - 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 (1023) - 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.