JPDIPSO (6325) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 17, 2002
Nice opaque coloe with a dark head. Mild aroma a good change of pace for this style from a domestic brewer. Sorgum, vanilla, coffee and current flavors. A maltly/dark fruit finish. A good night cap. Make mine a double. proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2002
Re-rate:Out-freakin' standing. Wonderful beer. Dark as the darkest night, with an alcohol presence that lets you know your going to be warmed up. Very full flavored, with malt that creeps up on you as the beer warms in the glass to the point that you sit back and say...'Wow'. Not a beer that you just open and throw back, but one in which you chill out and enjoy. Excellent.
Original rating comment: Yum. Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2002
Too much. I believe it is the only Stout that Larry Bell brews that I just don't like at all. AlGreen99 (33) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2002
Very thin, creamy head contrasts this dark, almost black, beer. A carmel flavour makes an apperance quickly, as well as a mild alcohol taste. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 Almost black with very thin head. Delicate nose of malts, raisons, bakers chocolate, molasses,caramel and more. HUGE malt profile,flavors of caramel,rasins and molasses mingle within the silky smooth body. Hops come through but are somewhat masked(not a bad thing) by the thick and flavor filled body but gives enough to kick you in the ass. Hops are far more profound with fresher bottles. Awesome Imperial and im glad I got another to leave sit. Remind me not to touch it:-) Thank you psychprof.
olympian (107) - USA - MAR 23, 2002
i'm with Odin again on this one. Larry delights in dancing on the edge of 'incredible' and 'too much of a good thing'. He fell on the wrong side of this one.
When you have to work to enjoy it, it's too much. DavefromChicago (200) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2002
This mud isn't really my kind of beer?? It looks just like used motor oil...just like it. No head, no carbonation. I tried it, too cold, in a 12 oz. pint style glass - too sweet, too weird. Tried it again, used a Rodenbach stemmed glass, just below room temperature. It was much better, less oily, aroma earthy, chocolatey, but not terribly complex. Sweetness was more integrated into the overall taste - a nice combination of sweet/bitter hits you simultaneously. Very rich. I haven't smoked in 20 years, but this seems like it would be great w. a cigar. Rich, resiny, coffee, chocolate, raisins - what is this world coming to? Ultimately, very nice, but it took a while. Aggie80 (832) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2002
Was introduced by a good friend. All Bell's products have been excellent! Strong way to build friendships! legion242 (2346) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2002
As black as any beer I have ever seen- absolutely no light would pass even towards the end of the glass; Head was zero, zilch, nada; Deep, thick coffee and chocolate and port in the nose. THICK mouthfeel. Tons of bitter stout flavors. Actually leaves 'legs' on the side of the glass. I imagine that Sam Adams Triple should have tasted similar to this but they couldn't quite get there. Smoky-bitterness lingers very long on the back of the tongue. A remarkable beer. Thanks to TrappistAlesRule!!!! I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2002
Absolutely Black. Hops and malt in concentrated form. Kick in the pants alchohol. Not for the weak.