Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good stout. Full bodied and black. thick creamy head which suits the very smooth mouthfeel. Quite bitter, but the beer becomes more appealing when warmed. The aftertaste is pleasant, with lingering notes of the roasted malt finishing with a blend of chocolate malt sweetness and then bitterness which blends well with the distinct hop character. As it warms I detect a mocha flavor which really seperates this beer from other stouts, a bit too bitter I feel.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick dark black beer. Short lived head was milk chocolate in color. Sweet chocolatey malt aroma. Impressive flavour, deep burnt malt , sweet bitter hop notes. This is one fantastic beer!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black and impressive. Aroma is burnt malts and dark chocolate. Taste is bittersweet with a dry finish. Great stout.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brownish-black color with a brown head. Very hoppy aroma, with a fair amount of roasted malt. Very hoppy flavor, with a lot of sweet roasted malt. Slightly dry bitter hops finish.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly translucent black, with a smaller brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate and nuts predominate. Very full bodied, with a nice coffee flavor. One of the best.
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lush, roasted malt, toasted grain aroma. Has a dark appearance that light could not penetrate. Small head. Full-bodied, rich coffee flavor with a trace of tobacco in the taste. Generously hopped, with a tasty bitter finish.
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark colour, thick palate. Incredibly complex flavour, though I'm too tired and lazy to really get into typing about it any more right now.
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 November 2006. Bottle best before 011005. Black body, creamy tan/brown head and moderate lacing. Sweet dark malt in the aroma with moderate dark fruit and muted roast. Flavour is much rounder than the younger version. Decent amount of chocolate with a restrained bitter roast. Starts out sweet and the bitterness grows as the glass goes on. Smooth medium-full bodied palate seduces the tongue. This is delightful - a more prominent aroma would bump the score up a fair bit. 7/4/8+/4/5/17 - 4.1
January 2004. Bottle. If your going to make a stout, make it Imperial by gum! Velvety black body carries a mocha coloured crown upon it. The aroma pours forth a melange of hoppy espresso. Roasty makes an appearance at the party and leaves before it overstays its welcome, which I appreciate greatly. Roasty gives way to sweet malt garnished with a pleasant hoppy bitterness. 7/4/8/5/17 - 4.1
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Sweet malty aroma, some black berries. Little fizzy caramel coloured head quickly disipates. Thick jet black. Gorgeous mouth feel. Big Roasty flavours, blast of fresh coffee. Nice balance of sweetness with the burnt sugar. Good balance with the alcohol. Earthy notes with some berry accents. Spicey finish. Very nice.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Tasted in Toronto from LCBO (the finally got this one in to the GTA area). Tasted in Maudite snifter. Tasted at 9C. Colour is jet black. No light passing through - absolute absorbtion. Initial large tobacco-tan head settles in nicely to the edges of the snifter. Aroma has a strong hoopy nose. Both floral finishing hops and palate bitterness hops are evident. Spicy. Flavour has several notable dimensions: bitter burnt taste, molassis hints, bitter hop start, middle and finish.