Frank (3269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Midnight black with a velvet fuzz of head. The strong pine notes in the aroma were unexpected but very welcome as were the dark, malty notes of coffee and raisin. Creamy and thick with somewhat aggressive carbonation. Big malt presence and loads of hoppy bitterness. It almost tastes like an American IPA crossed with stout. A unique and masterfully brewed beer. Easily one of the finest of it's style.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crude Oil...Texas Tea. Wow! This is one beautiful stout. Great floral nose with roasted, malty goodness to accompany. Slightly bitter on the back of my tongue. Not as roasted of a flavor as I'd anticipated, nor the alcohol burn. Very well balanced stout. Makes cold weather very tolerable.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one pours a very dark color with a medium tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass. It is very thick during the pour. The aroma is of hops, roasted nuts, malts, chocolate, coffee - great aroma - very complex too. The flavor was extremely smooth conisidering the syrup-like pour. Very very smooth. Tasted of a mixture between dark chocolate and roasted malts with some hints of coffee, molasses. It's a little sweet with hints of alcohol as well and the flavor lingers for a while. Great beer here.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour was thick and created a beer that was black as the day is long, with one of the finest heads I've yet to see. It just doesn't stop! Aroma is far more hoppy than I would expect. Grapefruit, roasted malt, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick, like drinking velvet. Alcohol is better hidden than Jimmy Hoffa's body. Much more delicate than other imperials I've sampled. Excellent use of bittering hops. A fine stout to warm ones soul
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown color, almost black. Big hoppy taste, but very pleasant to me, and I don't generally like hoppy beers. Some coffee taste to it. I should go have more now...
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Aroma of rich roasted malt, molasses and hops. Coffee-like in color, this is a rich, complex, stout. Being a hop head, I like the strong infusion of hops. Flavor is of hops, bitter-sweet chocolate, and coffee. Nice bitter finish assures no cloying remnants remaining on your palate. Excellent!!!
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
november 2003 bottle: light creme texture, sweet coco flavor then bitter and tart coffee aftertaste. reminds me of guinness, but this gives me more flavor and character. i like it.
CapFlu (4723) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 (Bottle) Thin, dissipating head and opaque body. Minute, white flakes. Strong coffee and cocoa malt nose. Initially tart which a whipping coffee taste bringing you into a lasting bitter chocolate finish. Excellent. Many thanks to Hopscotch for the hook-up... (4.1/5) UPDATE: Pours a brown head and a opaque body. Nose of cascade hops. Creamy, smooth and oily. Bitter hop finish. Likely the worst of the evening! (3.1/5)
Trumpy (4) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite stout I have come across. I love it. Its a bit hard to find though. I like it a little more than alesmith speedway. This is a very thick beer, and you wouldnt know the strong alcohol content unless you read the label.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good american micro version of an imperial stout. I personally prefer the english version which does not use near as much hops. Sam Smith's is the classic version to me since it was originally brewed by an english brewer for the russian czars. I think that Sam's is a more acurate version of what was made back in the 1800's.