hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Excellent retention. Very thick, creamy lacework. The aroma is of espresso, dark chocolate, black strap molasses and vanilla. Well-bittered, burnt flavor with big notes of espresso grounds and licorice. Full-bodied with a very silky/creamy mouthfeel and fairly soft carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, bitter, dry finish. World class imperial stout!
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 My notes for this one were somewhat minimalist - the main thing I put down was that it was a very solid, traditional Imperial Stout. So then: black and oily and roasted malts and coffee and chocolate and a big rich dark tan head and a smooth rich bitter finish. Mmmm mmm good.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this beer in a bottle. The taste of roasted malt and coffee is dominant. The beer goes down very smooth and seems to be a great beer. I think itís a bit less than the stone imperial stout, but one of the best.
DocLock (7912) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have alwys been a fan of Smutty beers, and smutty women...This oe pours dark brown with a deep tan head. Aroma of big malt, chocoff, dark fruit. Tastes malty, with huge chocoff, dark fruit, slight oats and nuts. Smooth, firm palate, and a ballsy finish. This impy stout is awesome, and is only superseded by the big names of Speedway, Stone, Yeti, and my own discovery, Central Waters. This one kicks ass and takes names.
jefcon (1400) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black-as-night stout with a milky sweet taste and aromas of chocolate and mocha. Excellent palate for a stout, not acidic at all and very nutty on the finish. A great stout and a fine effort from the folks at Smuttynose.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The rising tide of change is beginning and smuttynose is leading the change. Becoming a great brewery with selections like their Imperial Stout.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark color, full-on blackness, good, toasty tan froth atop.
Aroma is wickedly twisted, rich and darkly delicious, full of anise, espresso, and more, roasty and redolent with all things dark and deadly.
Taste repeats all these things and more, thick and roasty, huge and at-large in the mouth.
A nearly perfect by-the-numbers Imperial Stout, and the numbers are spot-on, though, make no mistake! Yum, Iím saying, as the booze swills around me..yum, I says, and itís a delightful feeling, indeed. A top-notch example of the IS style...canít see a thing wrong with†it. Smuttynose did it right, like they always do!
Fullest body, long, infinitely long finish, in a word, wow, no, actually, "yummy, McYumerSonís" will do quite nicely, donít you think?
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark body with an OK head. The aroma is VERY roasty. The same follows into the flavor with just enough hops to back up the nice roasted malt backbone. This isnít an exciting Imperial Stout, itís just a good beer. I could drink this one on a regular basis. A bit of chocolate rounds out the whole deal, but this isnít really much different than a typical good stout.
skaughty (645) - 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 (1420) - 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.