edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
1/19/03: bottle. good amount of bubbly head when poured. brown- black color. sweet, heavy malt smell. light, watery malt taste. i would like to try one of sam smith’s on tap to find out if their beers taste better that way (…maybe they just don’t travel well!)
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful black stout with dark brown lacing but no real head. Nose of sweet malt, hops, and cocoa. Taste of sweet malt, hops, cocoa, bitter espresso, with a bitter hop finish to counter the sweetness. Mouth feel is a bit thin for an imperial stout; not surprising, since at 7% ABV this is more a session beer than an imperial. With American IPAs coming in at close to 10% and imperial stouts coming in at over 15%, this is sort of a session imperial!
Choket (4) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark in color with a very smooth and chocolaty flavor. has a dry after taste and almost no head
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth palate, deep chocolate flavorwith a hint of fruit, bit of an odd aftertaste though... Very thin head.
3fourths (8984) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Pours dark, with small dark brown head which grows slowly downward. Smell is of fruit
: plums or apricots. Roasted taste, almost too sweet. Finish is grainy and full.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 Pours opaquely with a creamy tan head that coats the glass. Aroma of sweet plums, mildly roasted malt and some soy. Silky, rich, malty palate hides the alcohol magnificently and finishes a great roasted chocolate. Has a touch of sour toffee from age I'm guessing, but otherwise a nice, very drinkable example of the style.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent Imperial. Dark dark brown in color. Nice creamy beige head that slowly disapated before my first swig. Malty/Roasty aroma that has some slight chocolate/alcohol notes. Smooth roasty start with a nice full/silky palate. Nice hop bitterness finished the beer. Alcohol well hidden.
obfuscatex (9) - USA - JAN 5, 2003 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost as good as S.S. Oatmeal Stout.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had a bad Sam Smiths once, and grew very leery of imported beers in clear bottles. I couldn’t resist this one for too long though, and thankfully finally sucumbed. Truely fantastic. Aroma of port, chocolae, spiced pear, raisin. A very warm flavour, some coffee, chocolate, roasty. Discrete alcohol. Perfect palate, creamy, tad bit carbonated.
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Colorful head that disappeared quickly. Medium to full body for an Imperial. Chocolate, coffee, black licorice. Slightly sweet. Very little alcholic bite. Excellent brew.