theFritz (4) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first thought was I wouldn’t like this one.Light brown head made me think too strong.But, after the firts sip I was overwelmed!Perhaps the perfect Imperial Stout.The Czars of Russia would be impressed.
madsberg (11360) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Whoa. What an impressive sight. Pitch black. Huge chocolate brown head, that last through the whole beer. Fantastic aroma. Cocoa, coffee, roast, hops and malt. Nice. Flavour is hoppy and coffeish. Expresso as others had pointed out come to mind. Some fruit notes is there. Quite complex. Has a heavy bitterness in the end with some lovely coffee notes. This is definately a great beer, but it dosn’t stand out compared to others of the great American Imp. Stouts. I had better ones, I think. Many thanks to Raindog for trading this. Definately a treat.
Sammy (11072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Arguably the best beer in America. It was an expresso stout all the way, but still a rank lower than Fuller London Porter as a similiar style/taste. Good choice for the end of a session or meal because of the aftertaste. Unless you do not like coffee.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown with hints of red around the edges. Almost no head to start, but a thin brown head builds while in the glass. Cool film drips down the glass leaving a light lacing. Seductive hop aroma with hints of spice and alcohol around the edges. Taste starts with alcohol and hops, more alcohol in the middle and a long coffee, hop and more alcohol finish. A number of subtle flavours emerge in each sip: roasted malt, chocolate. Not sure how you tell the difference between this and a good barley wine. Yummy beer for savoring and revisting.
leon919 (10) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well rounded beer. Good flavor that lasts. Nice lingering smokey flavor. Beautiful look to it, I would say great color if it actually had a color. Definately will try this one again.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark as night. I'm talking... this baby is a black hole with a fine tan head. The aroma is even dark. Dark, woody, sweet and a little soapy. The flavor is amazingly rich. Hoppy bitter attack that eases of into a slightly malty sweetness which in turn eases off to a serious smokey leave. Pretty cool.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Hoppy, with coffeish dark malt in the nose.
Appearance: Black, opaque with low head retention but still some remaining throughout the glass.
Flavor: Roasty dark malt with a tasty chocolately slant. Citrusy hops and coffeish/chocolate flavor go well together. Some alcohol is evident but not overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Full with some dark malt acridness and hop bitterness, but its by no means astringent or unpleasant.
Overall: Excellent, I've had this several times and its always a nice hoppy, chocolately, roasty treat for when I'm not the one driving!
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Bottle (11/21/03): Pours to a dark black color with an average, foamy, dark amber head. Aroma is VERY hoppy for a stout, with scents of burnt chocolate, bananas?, and other floral aromas that remind me of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Taste is initially bitter (expected for the hops) and slightly like burnt chocolate - really assaults your mouth right from the start. Finishes out dry with a bitter then quickly sweet and floral aftertaste that begs you to drink more. Impressive. Re-Rate (8/25/04): I don't know why I went so crazy over this last time I tried it. It's very good, but not the 4.4 I originally gave it.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Bottle 04.20.04 (b.o.d. 10.23.03) Pours as dark and thick looking as molasses. Very little head, sporadic lacing. Aromas of burnt chocolate and prunes; some ripe bananas; concorde grape(?). There is a sense that some floral aromas were present yesterday, waning to reveal alcoholy esters today. Flavors are at first sweet, creamy caramel. Hops bitterness comes through early and biting. Expected dark malt taste. The palate is unexpectedly thin, finish overly dry for such a big stout. I expected more sweetness across the palate to balance the bitterness of the heavy hopping. I think I’ll cellar a few to see how it improves as this beer seems ripe for aging.
05.09.05 12oz bottle from same 10.23.03 batch. Totally rad beer, time has done nothing but improve this brew. Palate is creamy and soft with round roasting adding just a mild bitterness. No noticable oxidation after the extra year. More balanced than younger SK.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as can be. Dark Almond foamy head. Roast, coffee, chocolate, alcohol hit the nose. Flavor I pull a lot of chocolate, some hop bitterness also, but it ends with a warm chocolate coat all over your mouth. Excellent mouth feel. I must go back to the store and get the rest off of the shelf.