Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2004
Bottle pours black with one inch brown head and lots of lace. The aroma is quite dark, like molasses, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is sweet, roasted, malty, molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, alcohol, and alcohol. The palate is rich for the alcohol percentage. Overall, this is a joy of a high ABV brew. hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
guest taster = Josh! aroma = red licorice, a little sour, red berry, alcohol, very little hint to how dark a beer this is (it isn't sickly sweet or vinous). color = pretty much black (as one would expect). head = yeah, doesn't need one (wouldn't really expect one). flavor = comes in definate stages. first wave = citrus, floral (think edible pansy) second = mild coffee flavors, chocolate, alcohol. third = alcohol quickly burns off revealing treacle, carmel , more coffee but balanced with a sweet orange (like christmas clove oranges). palate = not as substantial as what the aroma supports. review done to Destroyer's streethawk (a seduction). Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
(2003) pours a rich oily black, zero head only bubbles, thin alcohol layer on top, aroma is rich-roasted and alcoholic, chocolate, wood, light smokiness, hints of coffee, vanilla, and figs; flavor is rich and roasted, slightly burnt, bitter, alcohol – though it is fairly well hidden for such high gravity, warming, coffee, some sweet hints of chocolate, woody, earthy and rich, rich texture – oily, port, fig, hints of maple syrup, vanilla as well gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2004
The aroma was fair. Some chocolate, coffee and licorice. Thick head with good lacing. Color is deep black with ruby tints. Too bad it led up to a horrible taste. Alcohol was not well masked. This is not a stout but more like black cough syrup. 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 This is a beer for the easily-impressed.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2004
Pitch black with a surprising thick foamy brown head. The aroma is of burnt currants, smoked plums, maple, and burning campfire, all with a hefty dose of alcohol which seems to hide better as this one warms. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, though still thick and frothy, immediate taste of burnt plums and apricots, other dark fruit and some smoking wood chips. Harsh, yes, but still appreciated, with a thick alcohol finish that runs up into the nose and leaves you with a plum, maple and licorice chewiness that is quite nice.
Bottled. Rich dark brown with a dense, oil-stained brown head. Sharpish, sour, alcoholic aroma. Very strong beer that needs to be drunk respespectfully. Strong ethanol burn and rich flavours. This beer has evolved beyound being a stout but retains some of the grass roots flavours. The complexity goes beyound the normal experience or intuition for a beer drinker and needs some science behind it to understand the 3rd and 4th generation aromatics, developed within this beer. dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2004
Smells like a french roast coffee with a chocolate undertone. Nice dark head. Definatley pours like used motor oil that went quite overdo on a change. Taste can be a little to much alcohol. But it is still a pleasure to sip. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2004
2003: Pours thinner than I had expected. The taste has some roast and chocolate but is overpowered by a sweetness and booziness. I agree with kbjames that there is a belgian strong ale feel to this beer. It did not feel like a stout in the way the 2002 struck me. Not enough hop bite to balance the sweetness. Almost like a thin liquor. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 This is a really, really, good beer that I’m glad I tried a 2nd time around. Its different than your average imp stout and has a lot more alcholol in the attack than your average brew. But its very dark and very tasty...good stuff. DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
I live about an hour from Delaware, and have been fortunate enough to have tried several bottles of this beer (although I must admit to not knowing which vintages I tried). It is a very bold, imperial style stout. The alcohol presence is definitely there, but it is not overpowering. The malt flavor is intense, with shades of prunes, blackberries, port wine, and coffee on the palate. This beer is great with dark chocolate. It is hard to find, though, and may be a little pricey for some at 5-7 bucks per 12-oz bottle. In my mind, one of the better imperial style stouts in the world.