Velveeta99 (13) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather thick, like motor oil. Faint aromas, revealing espresso notes - I canít remember having a beer like this. The carbonation tickles the tongue. As it warmed, and I got more and more buzzed, I thought some fruit notes came out. Massive imperial.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beige, foamy head. Complex aroma. SWEET taste with plenty of alcohol present. Itís a truly odd flavor - this beer. Reminds me a bit of Dogfish WWStout. Alcohol should be better hidden.
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Re-rate at Brewtopia 2004...
This brew, the Cantillons and Southampton Baltic Porter were all best in show. The 2004 version is the the best I have tasted yet. Loads more chocolate and more mellowed hops this time around. Higher score awarded !...
This beer rocks!
The aroma is of dark, roasted nuts, roasted malt and alcohol. Hints of espresso and dark fruits.
This imperial pours as slow and thick as unrefined oil. The small, light brown head is quickly diminishing. A menacing looking beer. It has no hue, even when held up to a halogen bulb. Just BLACK.
The flavor is heavy on malt, butter, cream, cocoa and alcohol up front. Lightly sweet and pungent and moderately bitter on the backside.
Full-bodied. Lively carbonation with a syrupy mouthfeel. The long finish is slightly alcoholic, bitter and sweet, while leaving the mouth as dry as a bone moments later. Excellent imperial stout. I love this beer. Thanks go out to herbjones for this one.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hereís a good one. Very rich and flavorful, high on the alcohol taste - so this isnít a beer that you would pound. Dark espresso and semi-sweet chocolate tones - very good - VERY GOOD!
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, like motor oil. Lotsa flavors: roasty, coffee, a little bit of chocolate, maybe some fruit. The character changes as it warms.
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 No, this is the blackest darkest head Iíve ever seen on a beer. Head quickly returns to its home inside the deep muky glass. Aroma is initially lightly hoppy, with some but not a ton of sweet malt aroma. The first sip and the third sip and even the 5th sip are not this beerís finest. Even coming out of the beer fridge at 50F is not warm enough for this beer. Patience patience, a amazing beer is lurking, waiting to pounce. Then as if out of nowhere the coffee flavors begin to flow with deep malt complexity. Hops keep things in check. An excellent beer and a great beer to spend an evening with. Iím taking my last sip now after an hour and a half with it, and while the alcohol nose comes on at the end, the deep roastiness and coffee flavors ward it off and win in the end. Thanks a ton to Herbjones for providing me with this divine elixir. Beer #499 for me.
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE! The very dark color is not deceiving at all. Very full bodied with notes of chocolate and coffee on the nose, and big roasted malt on the palate. Awsome beer. It looks like a cappicino in the glass.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is what iíve been waiting for. Such a strong nose, sugary caramel with some sweet chocolate and lots of alcohol. Dark, dark, mirror effect off the glass, no light gets through this. Lots of roast, early bitterness and then the alcohol kicks in with its brown sugary goodness. Awsome, I could drink this forever.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
this dark mahogany pour has startling mass and viscosity. it appears so dense that surely just one more ounce of malt would cause it to congeal like a hockey puck. a head appeared only briefly, but like a masked gunman, it made an indelible impression on the witness: it bloomed like an automobile airbag, portabello brown, then carved lovely archipelegos of lace on the glass so rigid that iíll need a wire brush to scoure them off. likewise, the aroma is so thick itís nearly visible, a fog of scent-drenched molecules in a hypnotic and lugubrious dance of competing olfactory messages. to picture the aroma: pile your holiday fireplace high with logs of licorice, slathered with vegemite, marinated in molasses -and ignite this sodden slag with vodka and let it burn, baby, burn. let it burn all winter in fact, stoking the conflagration with whiskied raisins, with charcoal peatbog bricks and probably oxblood. whatever gummy gelatinous mass of resin that can be scraped off the inside of the chimney is your beer. thereís enough blackened slag in every bottle to mold a truck tire. the taste is barleywine sweet, a milkshake of molasses, cabernet and brown sugar spun in a blender with a loaf of pumpernickel and a delicate note of open pit coal mine. i fought off a charitable impulse to donate some of it to our local highway department to fill some pitted rural county roads, but i drank it and gained six pounds. it gets credit for sheer corpulence, but it ainít my cup of sludge.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
ílate spring release 2002í Thick, thick and black. dark coffee color around the edges where the light tries to shine thru. Flavor was strong, slightly sweet malts - tasted of, not cherries, but maybe some kind blackberry; raisons, burnt caramel. palate is fat and vinous. warm/sharp hop/alc finish keeps it dry and not cloying. Left me feeling disoriented and fuzzy.