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. smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Bottle - big malty and alcoholic nose. Unbelieveably complex flavors! Chocolate, dark fruit, molasses and alcohol. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Beautiful! temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 2004. Lots of alcohol in both aroma and flavor. Some roasty notes and stuff, but it’s really boozey. It’s a little thin of body as well. Not really all that great, nor is it horrible. Just not worth my time when there are so many better imperial stouts. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Pitch black...not a bit of light getting through here. Strong scents of hazelnut and molasses. Sweet molasses taste with a very warming alcohol bite. Reminds me a bit of a chocolate covered cherry. Just a little strong tasting. flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Very dark brown color with a light brown head. Fairly strong alcohol aroma, with roasted malt, hops and raisin. Sweet and roasty flavors, including malt, raisin, rum, and hops. Nice full flavor and feel, lightly tingly, with a somewhat dry finish. Very enjoyable!