skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another in a long line of commercial breweries with homebrew quality labels...but I digress...
Flavor is burned and chalky. Maybe some cocoa powder was used. The result is like a milkshake that was heated too long on the stove.
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark brown with a dissipatin light brown head. Aroma is choclatey and very roasted. Flavor is roasted to the point of being burnt. In fact the burnt flavors overwhelm all else, which is not so good.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ebony black with an initially thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, oats and light hops. Body is full and smooth with a low carbonation and a slight syrup feel. Flavor is of cocoa, espresso, bitter chocolate and roasted oats. A bit of a dry finish and not as sweet as some of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Has a lingering bitterness that I could do without. Overall a good brew but I prefer the sweeter higher abv Imperials.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like chocolate and coffee. Pours nice dark brown with good brown head. Tastes the same, mainly coffee aftertaste. Slightly bitter but full of flavor. Doesn’t go down as smooth as I would like. Good flavor and good beer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown to almost black color,small dark tan head that faded quickly but left a slight lace behind.Roasty,malty aroma with a decent chocolate and coffe hint as well as some hops coming through.Nice roasty malt taste with a slight sweet side as well as maybe a sort of salty thing going on as well.The coffee is a little mild with a decent bakers chocolate coming through towards the end.The hops come through nicely with a decent bitterness in the end,and an after taste of dark chocolate.The alcohol manages to stay in check for the most part with just a hint in the end.Not as smooth as the Bear Republic Stout but still pretty decent.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black with a cascading tan head. Sweet dark chocolate wit a noticeable floral hops backdrop. Sweet dark chocolate start with a touch of light fruit. A bitter coffee middle. Finish is roasted grain goodness with enough flavor hops to add to the dimension. linger is long and roasty. Smooth feel. Thanks to Falconeye8 for this brew.
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For nearly ten years my wife and I have made our own breakfast cereal--a homemade granola from oatmeal, oat bran, wheat germ, molasses, honey, and nuts. Every few years someone forgets to set the over timer and we return to a kitchen full of smoke from burnt granola. If Smuttynose ever needs the inspiration for a new BIG beer, I could send them the whole pan (which we inevitably end up throwing out anyway), caked with burnt molasses and grains. This beer is big, for sure, just pounding away at the senses with roasted/burnt coffee and chocolate. Roasted. Very roasted. Big black, with a nice dark tan head, fully opaque. Decent palate, not noteworthily silky but substantial and tingling nicely with the aftereffects of the beer. Nicely restrained alcohol (nice to see an Imperial Stout at 7.1% abv rather than the all-too-common 10%+ ones). Good flavors (roasted, molasses, chocoate, coffee, hops are there)...did I mention this is a very roasted beer?
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tall brown head that leaves moderate lacing on the way down. Strong roasty chocolate aroma very nice. Taste is very rich and sweet with tons of dark chocolate and a faint rum raisin thing going on. Nice bitterness at the end to balance it out a bit. Great thickness and just an amazing all around imperial stout.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a brown quickly diminishing head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is chocolatey, roasted and hoppy. The aftertaste has lasting bitterness with coffee notes. Moderately thick and very enjoyable to drink.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Pours black with a tan head. I wasn’t impressed with this one at all. Extremely high alcohol taste. Chocolate and more alcohol. Very sweet taste.
rerate..... pours dark as night with a small tan head. Chocolate and roasted notes everywhere. I must have been drinking an odd bottle or something last time. Thick, huge body. Awesome.