trappist12 (199) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2001
Best stout ever. At first, I failed to pour it correctly so it appeared incredibly flat. I then experiemented with the pour. Fantastic lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2001
A mighty, mighty stout with a thick, slick, and chewy mouthfeel. People tend to think motor oil when looking at this marvel and I can agree fully. The appearance was a deep, dark, opaque ebony. My sample was totally decapitated (read: absolutely no head) so this totally dropped what would have been an otherwise perfect appearance score. (Is this normal?) The taste was malty, sweet and at the same time roasted, charred. The high alcohol was noticeable in the warming effect more so then the flavor. Palate was wonderful and would have been perfect was just a wee bit of carbonation. (Once again there was no carbonation at all!). This beer was so loveable with a little CO2 it would have been perfect! BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2001
Dear sweet lord oh-mightty this is a GREAT stout. Complex, thick, and it has got some cahonas on it! After throwing a few of this back with a friend, I thoughly enjoyed this FULL flavored chocolate stout and hightly recommend it. ZDogg99 (14) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2001
Excellent Stout. Must try............................................... Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2001
A textbook perfect Imperial. Bells has never been afraid of producing high gravity beers that actually have a high gravity and the sledgehammer finess of this beer shows why. A perfect blend of roasted malts with robust hop bitterness and flavor lead to a beer with unmatched complexity. Very well done.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2001
This stout can knock you on your butt. Very thick and with no carbonation this beer is very good with a very alcoholic finish joet (2675) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2001
Pours like MOTOR OIL! Super thick, chocolatey. Some burnt aromas, flavors. Extremely heavy and thick on the tongue. There's no way this could float on a Bass. Alcohol spice on the tail. This thing is an absolute MONSTER TRUCK - big kick, big dark aromas and flavors, whopping bitter and heavy hardy feel. I wish I loved stouts more... This is the most stouty stout I've ever tasted. Big thanks to PROC!!! npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2001
Opens with an incredible vinous nose. Is perhaps a bit shy on carbonation, but it really doesn't matter: this is a huge, complex, wonderful beer. Pleasantly sweet with all sorts of flavors going on: chocolate, coffee, loganberry jam, a bit of tar for good measure... heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2001
This is one of my all time favorites. It is a glass of big roasty blackness with hops to match. Tastes quite good after a couple years in the basement too. bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 This beer is a pot roast in a bottle. Some stouts fall short on flavor after extended drinking...not this. Aromas and flavors of black licorice, dates, motor oil, and burnt meat. You should almost cut it 50/50 with club soda. This is truly an awesome beer, and I’m going to cellar a bunch of it.