pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 This beer is shockingly overrated. As with the average beer with high alcohol by volume (I believe this one has 11.2?), the alcohol destroys the flavor. This beer is flat, difficult to drink, and cannot be discriminated from conventional micro-brewed stouts. In other words, there's nothing extraordinary about this beer except for its high alcohol percentage by volume, which isn't, in itself, a measure of quality beer.
p.s. I was notified by another user that this year's batch is not comprable to last year's, so take that into consideration. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
Wow! Very complex Imperial stout. Pours a deep BLACk with a brown head. Has a great aroma. Taste is all over the place in a very very good way. The sweet taste is of licorice, molasses, coffee, chocolate, pineapple/bananas (yes I may be going insane), toffee, dark fruit and floral hops. Giving this a "10" for flavor based on how well all the numerous ingredients come together. Goes down extremely smooth considering the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is very full, round, creamy and oily. Nice dry, bitter and very slightly burnt aftertaste. Highly recommended! Tastes as good as the bottle would make you think. obxdude10 (2366) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2004
Great stout, black color with a dark reddish tint, next to no head, only a few small bubbles rising up around the edge of the glass, very floral aroma, full in body, dark roasted flavors with notes of coffee & molasses, very complex, dry & burnt finish, nice warming effect from the alcohol, very enjoyable stout
brownaler (698) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2004
I love the flavor of this beer. It is smooth with the malts just trickiling down your tounge. fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Thick brown body, yeasty thin head. Complex aroma characteristics, rich, chocolatey, alcoholic, dark fruits. Chocolate flavors dominate the malt, subtle notes of grape are present as well. Finish is very alcoholic, not surprising for such a big beer. Hops are very light/moderate, overall feel of the finish is a very warming sweetness. The finish unfortunately seems to overwhelm the malt flavor just a bit (although it gets better as it warms). Some nice spiciness lingers in the aftertaste as well as a strong sweet chocolate character.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Black with a creamy, lasting head, which laces down the glass. Sweet, apple/grape scent. Dark roasted chocolate flavor with a bitter wallop in the finish. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 2003: Black, with a slight tan head.
Sweet nose with plums, chocolate, licorice, caramel. Very sweet, with a powerful warming alcohol kick. Flavors of licorice and apples precede an overly bitter, dry finish.
Re-Visiting, 2005: Bitterness not as pronounced, and I’m not getting so much of the anise/licorice/apples flavors now. More plummy and easy on the palate, worth a few upticks on the rating for sure. Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark black appearance with brownish head and lasted. Its smell was a mix of coffee, roast, and malt. Sweet taste with several flavors coming at you. It was very smooth and finished smooth with a light oil texture. It had just the right amount of coffee taste/smell that a non coffee drinker could handle it; me. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2004
22 oz bottle, snifter. Strangely light aroma. Mocha, coffee, toffee malt (M); flowery hops (L). Nearly opaque black body with a tall, creamy, tan head that's quite well lasting. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly bitter, heavily alcoholic finish. Medium-heavy body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: not as big as I was expecting and it has a strange banana ester to it. Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Pours out black.Strong alcohol smell with a roasted malty oily aroma.Very complex with it's flavors.Warming sweet feeling as it goes down. Finishes hoppy and a little dry. A great beer.