AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black, near zero head. SOme licoriche and chocolate in the intense aroma. The flavor has some nice subtleties, particularly with cherries and strawberries. Without a doubt an outstanding beer - my only complaint that prevents this from getting higher marks is that it is TOO flat. Iím sure this was intentional, but it limits what they can do IMO.
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured is not the word for what this did-it was so thick it oozed into my glass. Very dark in color, a little grainy-no head, no bubbles, very syrupy. Aroma is strong-alcoholic with sweet fruity flavors in the mix. Raisins, dates, vanillas, mochas, strong sense of molasses. Tastes is a blend of the above mix with a whole lot of alcholic sharpness thrown in. Would probably go well with vanilla ice cream.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 RBSG 04, thanks a ton to jsquire for bringing this allong. After all the hype I finally had my chance to try this and it lived up to all of its reputation. If you need a discription of this brew just look below, i donít think i can do any better of a job summing it up that what has allready been said in the 132 ratings before me. Seek this brew out and try it, totally amazing.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 04í vintage. Most definately, the muddiest beer Iíve ever seen. Looked like gritty motor oil that was well overdue to be changed. Strong chocolate aroma with some dark berris and cedar scents. Tastes very chocolaty and well roasted. The aftertaste was incredible as the flavors continued to change. The palate was very molassesy. Next time Iíd like to try it without so much of the sludge from the bottom. Good @#$%!
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 Making a surprise appearance at the Georgia 14% gathering! (Thanks to DaHammer. I actually gasped like someone in a 1930's movie when I saw it.) Black with the merest hit of a tan head. Sweet, winey aroma. Thick, viscous, luxurious mouthfeel. Full on unrestrained flavor attack here. Cherry and oak and other woodsy flavors, plus usual Imp Stout flavors, as well: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some other herbal and spicy flavors, too. Complex and challanging. Iím going to need a bit more of this, please.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours very black. Aroma of soy, berries, chocolate. Flavor is of soy, berries (which was a nice combo), cherry, a slight chocolate, biscuity, and cotten candy. What really makes this impressing is the after taste. It keeps changing and each next step seems better then the last.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Wow! I had a chance to have some of this at the Philly RB gathering and let me tell you it left an impression. A jet black stout with little head. Aroma nearly knocks you over with itís hints of chocolate, fruity goodness. Pours silky smooth leaving itís mark all over the glass like a good motor oil.
Perfect on the palate with a smokey, sweet taste that makes everyones eyes open as they taste it. A world class Imperial Stout if ever there was one. A new favorite of mine.
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 This is rating #615!............. Nevermind. Anyway this was a shock to see sitting at the table of the 04 GA gathering at Summits. A wonderful chocolate, coffee, and smoke aroma. The flavor was quite sweet with chocolate, raisins, coffee, toffee, and licorice. There was some sour fruit detectable in the background. The alcohol was not that noticeable for 13% ABV. It was certainly a pleasure to be able to finally sample this beer and I would definitely like to try more in the future. Even though Harlequinn threatened to ban me from the building for suggesting that the Bells Expedition Stout was better, I believe this beer can't help but being overrated! Overall it's still very good!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 (2005 bottle)Pitch black hue with a dense, creamy, mostly lasting, dark brown head. The Dark Lord clings to the sides of my glass attempting to escape his near certain doom by ingestion. Aroma is heavily malty consisting of roasted grains, molasses, toffee, bakerís dark chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Also present are notes of sprucey hops, light alcohol (rum), dates, tawny port, and charcoal. Grand, but not as much oomph as I rember the previous version having. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becommes a moderate to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish with a slight alcohol burn. Seemingly much more acidic, roasty and bitter than last yearís version. The smoothness has been replaced with robustness. Incredibly thick body, oily/sticky texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: maybe my impression of last yearís DL was a fluke. While this is still damn good, itís no five.
(2004 bottle)What an excellent suprise to see this one sitting on the table! Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, caramel malt (H); oak, whisky, alcohol, vanilla, toffee, etc. Black hole body, deep brown head. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic finish. Never cloying and the alcohol is quite well hidden. Supper full body, creamy/chewy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: would not change anything. (5.0)
cstuartj (1011) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
what can you say? This is a massive fruity complex dark stout. I donít have the words that others do to discribe this with justice but suffice it to say it was worth every penny to get ahold of one of these (and that was about 30,000 pennies!). Every Stout drinker out there should do themselves a favor and get ahold of one of these at least once in there lives.