DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, chocolate, liquorice, brown sugar and black bread aroma. Black as coal, cappuccino head. Dark caramel flavour, coffee, chocolate and treacle, as well as roasted malts. Complex and ultra smooth. Lace is incredible. Sensational!!
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Perhaps this beer doesn’t travel well, but 3 out of 4 bottles that I’ve had have all been dominated by diacetyl and butterscotch. The complexity is there but unappetizing. I prefer imperial stouts with more body and flavor.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I hate to even rate this beer because im pretty sure i got yet another skunked beer do to the clear bottles. But even through that, i could tell that this one lives up to its high ratings. I will be sure to re-rate after sampling again.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Holy cow! Smooth like the dickens, full-bodied and creamy. Longer lasting head than almost any impy I know. And incredibly balanced. Sure, the American Impys challenge the palate and tastebuds in different ways, some more malty and some hoppier. Nils Oscar is wonderful roastiness with a bit lighter body. But this is a different animal in its refinement. I love it!
jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black as night with basically no head. Not as thick as some of the other top Imperial Stouts. A sour chocolate flavor, semi-sweet, bitter, and alcohol noticable. I did not find the complexity nor the richness I expected.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. The granddaddy of imperial stouts, and still a leading contender. Blacker than the ace of spades. Nose is sweet, with notes of figs, fruit, and brandy. Flavor is extremely rich, with the major impression being that of almost straight molasses, but somehow I mean that in a good way. The very definition of what it means to drink a vinous beer, with its richness, smoothness, and strength. Would prefer a bit more carbonation. As it finished, it winds up with just a hint of chocolate for a pleasing end to a lovely experience. A beauty, but Stone and Victory have surpassed this one, as nice as it is.
pilsnerrogge (2619) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Thick palate. Bitter and roasty flavour. Aftertaste is almost salty.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black w/ a frothy head that settles down quickly, this Imperial Stout has more of the ’coffee’ taste than other I.S.’s I’ve tried. I didn’t think that the overall taste was that strong. Also, the alcohol wasn’t well hidden. A decent imperial stout, but I prefer others.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good stout with a great aroma. Very tasty with strong coffee tones. A little more watery than I would have liked, but only a little.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As I probably have said before, I am a big fan of Samuel Smith, just suffer sticker shock from the price. When I was over in England and saw it in a local pub for the price of a local pint here, I jumped on it. That being said, I love stouts so my opinion may be biased. The look and taste of this is great! Black as sin with a wonderful aroma. I rate the imperial over the oatmeal, even though both are excellant.