MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a 2-3 year old bomber bottle. Pours black with little or no head. Light carbonation. Sherried chocolate aroma. Thick and smooth palate, with notes of choocolate and vanilla. Some alcohol notes in the background.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with small tan head. Aroma of berry, chocolate, coffee. A very smooth and mellow imperial stout, still potent, very drinkable. Rich dark chocolate flavor, alcohol stood out a bit too much, overall improved as it warmed. Another good Smuttynose brew.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks go out to BBB63 for sharing this with thedm and I at his place. When poured, the head was small sized, light brown, smooth and contained fine-small bubbles that completely dissipated. The body was uncarbonated, opaque and black in hue. The nose consisted of malts, mild coffee, chocolate and some molasses. The flavor was that of mild coffee, malt and if I'm not mistaken some notes of licorice. The palate was very smooth, somewhat thin and a bit oily. I definitely recommend this particular Imperial Stout.
thedm (4851) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle at BBB63's whom I thank profusely for this sample. This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized beautifully colored dark brown mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation. It had a very nice aroma of dark malt, molasses, chocolate and coffee. Fairly complex and wonderful. This thick brew went down smoothly with a slight tingle and a mild hop afterbite. The flavor was of dark malt, mild coffee and mild hops. A very nice brew indeed that I would love having another bottle of.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
#23 of my Stouts of November: Black hue with good creamy light brown hue and good lacing. Aroma hinted of semi-sweet chocolate, raisin, nutty malts, molasses, coffee, aromatic and piney hops, soapy yeast esters. Moderately sweet with okay balance of bitterness. The finish is what was interesting about this brew. Licorice twang and a piney touch was to be found on top of the maltyness. Kept this from becoming too one-diminsional. Sticky and oily mouthfeel, but a touch thin. The alcohol was was hidden. Very nice Imperial, well balanced and quaffable.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich dark color. Slightly smoked rich malty aroma. Rich malt taste, hints of chocolate, cherry and lightly hopped. I had this right after Stone's Imperial, and its only a half step behind. Not as smooth and thick on the palate, but very nice. I realy like the fruity cherrieness in the finish.
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 [Rerate nearly nine years after last having this beer - lots of alcohol in the nose - fairly boozy, with some abrasive roastiness and a high acidity - some good stuff, but my how my tastes have changed] Tastes like a higher alcohol version of their robust porter, which is fine with me, cuz I likes me that robust porter - hoppy coffee, alcohol, chocolate milk - slightly light in body for an imperial, but quite good none-the-less.
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Inky black body, no head. Roasted coffee aroma. Pretty hoppy flavor, some licorice and chocolate notes as well. The alcohol is very noticable in the finish.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 This is a pretty good beer, though where it is really lacking is balance of flavors. The aroma is by far the best part of the beer. Hoppy with hints of coffee and licorice. Pours a deep, oily black liquid with unfortunately very little head. Flavor has same slight licorice notes, but overpowered by the hops.
Second rating: 9/25/06
Whoa! What a friggin’ beer. Don’t know what I was thinking before. Or maybe Smuttynose changed the recipe a bit. Head is still a little too small, and doesn’t leave enough lace on the glass, but that’s where the complaints stop. BIG malt profile. Tons of chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt flavor. Very nicely balanced with piney, resiny hops. The alcohol is certainly aparent, but by no means over-powering.
I guess the moral of the story is. Try this beer twice. It’s certainly much cheaper than most of the boomers out there, so you can probably afford to.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer has the smell of licorice and reminds me a lot of Shakspeare Stout, yet the flavor doesn't seem as complex.