BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Thick and black like used motor oil. Light brown head thins out but leaves a thin film the rest of the way. Huge sweet aroma like a barley wine. Roasted malts, chocolate covered raisins and coffee. This is like a cross between an Imperial and a Barley wine. Alcohol is noticable and warming. Leaves a bitter sting at the end. Not anything for the weak. rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2004
Bottled. Jet black, thin shortlived beige head and low but fine condition. Low roasted barley initially in the nose, followed by chocolate and a sweet woody port note all carried up on an updraught of alcohol. Quite sweet and lipcoatingly oily in the mouth with lots of liquorice and a low roastiness. Obvious alcohol in the finish with more liquorice and a tangy peppery candy sugar note lingering at the end.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Pours a black color with very little head. Aroma is alcohol and roasted malt. A very syrupy and sticky texture, mostly sweet. Flavor is very alcoholic, hops have a hard time making their presence felt in this one. An interesting beer, but certainly not worth $8.99 for a 12 oz bottle and not up to the hype. qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2004
this is the first, and only beer i'll probably give a perfect 5 to.
very complex aroma and taste.. so many different aromas and flavors that i lost count... definately recommended over the 2002 WWS Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2004
at Richos,sweeter than other years, creamy richness of coffee and chocolate. Reminds me more of a Belgian than other WWS. Very easy to drink and should cellar well
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2004
Picked this up at the Safeway on King's Road in London England. Deep black in colour with a thin coffee coloured head. Aroma is deeply roasty and malty, quite burnt, some dark chocolate and alcohol. Body is very full and thick. Flavour is very roasty, malty, lots of dark chocolate, quite sweet, quite a bit of port, coffee, and alcohol but not as much as you would think. Finish is a chocolate bitterness with some alcohol. This is a remarkable beer. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Purchased at Hi-Times in Orange County. This completes the WWS trifecta. This beer pours a dark, dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Flavor is malty sweet, licorice, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. This beer pretty much has everything. Body is syrupy and thick. Not an everyday beer but a good imperial stout. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2004
This beer rocks!
Pours charcoal black. Small, creamy, beige head. The aroma is very burnt and vineous with notes of dark chocolate, buttermilk, charred wood and espresso. The alcohol isn't evident in the nose.
Lots of full-bodied flavor... warm alcohol, maple and chocolate syrup, dried plums and tawny port. Decently hopped, but not enough to balance out the entire field of deeply roasted malt within the bottle. Sticky, chewy, syrupy mouthfeel with lively carbonation.
Lengthy, bittersweet, burnt, alcoholic finish. Not as well balanced as 2003's 18.8% ABV version. Still, an excellent beer! Thanks for the bottle, cquiroga! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Almost black in color with nice head and almost no lacing. Sweet chocolate and just right roasted malt make this another DFH must have product. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
My 1000th rating: Pours a rich black color, but some faint red light still gets through, topped with a decent tan head. Rich, semi-sweet aroma has a good caramel and roasted malt profile, but doesn't quite have the complexity I'd expected. Body starts sugary sweet with some malty complexity and dark fruits. Good velvety mouthfeel throughout with a nice balance of carbonation. Dark chocolate and molasses reveal a touch of hops before a sticky caramel finish with only a subtle alcoholic warming. Never before have I had anything this strong hide its alcohol so elegantly. A dangerously drinkable and enjoyable beer that is an order of magnitude better than the WWS 23% I just tried. Thank you jcalabre for giving me the chance to try this masterpiece!