haukur (1802) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2016 a true king of a brew, roasted malt, mocha, coffee, fruits, very aggressive hops. Sweet on the tongue with a strong finish. quite excellent
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 Bottle. Vintage 2003/04. Pours a pitch black body with a small brown head.
Superb aroma consisting of hop resin, tar, molasses, and chocolate. Sticky, fully body with some nice leafy hop bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate. Quite big and tasty.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Rerate, 12oz bottle, bbe 16.11.11. The pour is a dark brown, settling to a decently black hue in my Burgundy glass. Compact and creamy tan head caps the beer off. First scent has an alkaline tang, like Dutch processed cocoa. Some bitter espresso follow through along with dates and plums. A sharp, resinous bouquet feels a little at odds with the malts. Initial flavour is like that of cold espresso, with similar texture. Carbonation is decidedly low and the finish scratches with pine needles rather than slinking away with sweet and roasty notes. Overall, neither the aroma nor flavour have the impact or range as I recalled, the hops are on edge compared to the malts, the alcohol sings through in the finish and the mouthfeel is too full for the flavours it supports.
12 oz bottle, snifter. Ah, 300! I guess maybe I like this beer stuff. Roasted grain, dark chocolate and lots of espresso malt (M); pine, grapefruit hops (H); smoke, date, and light pepper aromas. The tall, creamy, deep tan head slowly slinks down into the deepest black body I can ever remember seeing. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, heavily bitter finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Alcohol is expertly hidden behind aggressive hops. 9.1%!?! Get real! Gorgeous lacing all the way. The bottom line is: I am forever in your service, my Storm King.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer, good stout, and ever better aftertaste. Has a good smoothness and light on the hops which makes this beer a great buy.
PorterPounder (7425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of bittersweet chocolate and risng bread. The pour is dark as a chalkboard with a generous mocha colored head. Flavor has elements of chocolate, cold coffee and chicory nuts. The palate is a bit thin - expected a bit more creaminess. Strong finish, the hoppy bitterness mellows as it warms. Overall an excellent Imperial Stout - just expected a tad more.
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, hoppy aroma. Super dark, cool cap, cool label. Very hoppy, tart, medium light sweetness, medium heavy bittering. A good balance for the most part, but not as complex as I expected. Coffee finish lingers, along with some tart fruit. Quite good, but perhaps less than I was expecting. Perhaps if Victory will send me a free 6-pack, I'll reconsider.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Deep black color with a medium sized brown head. Smells slightly coffee with hoppy tones. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected and a little too much carbonation. Flavor is complex with deep roastedness and hints of licorice and coffee.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a thick creamy tan head that lasts. Aroma is of roasted coffee, caramel, dark fruits, and hops. Big thick and full mouthfeel. Slick and smooth. Like velvet. Dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits on the tongue. Nice dry bitter hop finish. This beer is like a dream.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 This was one of my first ratings and probably my worst description ever. I just bought 2 bottles recently in Buffalo so here’s a rerate. Lovely intense roasty, chocolate aroma. Pitch black, slick brown head. Incredible roast up front, hops ad alcohol follow. Silky smooth. Intense. Wow, what a stout, I appreciate it even more.
Cartoonkhaki (1254) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
dark black, light brown head sweetmalty aroma. Chocolate. Slight fruitiness has a thick almost liqure like backnote flavour. Great mouth feel with carbonation