Ibrew2or3 (8748) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2002 vintage. 0.75L bottle shared with Degarth and crizay. Courtesy of Degarth. This is one of several beers I’ve always wanted to try and figured I’d never get a chance. That’s has happened a couple of times this month. BuckeyeBoy (8204) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured black with beautiful multi hued brown spectrum head. The aroma is intense with sweet molasses and chocolate malts. As time passes and the beer warms the tart and sour red wine like aroma begins to dominate. The first flavor I get is the tart red wine grape and sourness from the barrel. More tart than sour. At the same time there’s some malty sweetness as an undercurrent just below and on top there’s a subtle fruitiness. As the taste progresses the malty sweetness of molasses and maybe toffee begin to arrest the flavor away from the tart and sour wine regime. Just past midway a chocolate note surfaces. The beer finishes smooth. In the after taste I get sweet toffee and then later it is sort of a red wine sweet grape note. Delicious beer. Thanks Degarth.
750ml bottle with a big thanks to Ken. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is great after all these years rich roast malts chocolate smoke and some barrel notes. Taste is more of the smoke heavy roast malts chocolate barrel. Wow this has really held on well. Thanks again ken!!! PorterPounder (8185) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Batch 4 - 11/2002 - Bought at the Fishbowl Brewpub. It takes balls to put the King of the Sea on your bottle of stout and they deserve to get away with it. Pours a murky caramel colored head with extra duty lacing. The aroma is sweet and pungent - like a fine port - intoxicating. Palate - oily and silky. Every sip is like a shot of fine liqueur. Meant to be savored and swished around the mouth. Flavor is syrupy sweet but not sickenly so, chocolate, maple syrup, roasted coffee - its all in there and blended together nicely. Also makes a good addition to your morning coffee the day after! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Bottle, ’02. Pours adamantine black with a thin filmy beige head. Highly vinous nose; plums, cherries, black bread, and plenty of tart red wine grapes puckering up the nostrils. Big rich flavors right from the attack--more of everything that’s on the nose. Thick and oily, low-low carb, very satisfying sipping beer. Incredibly complex and interesting.Ernest (7748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
750, capped, ’02, sampled March 08. This beer has now gone over. Still oily and creamy and well-carbed, but the buggy sourness is very prominent. Bummer. Maybe they’re not all like this.
2001 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is absolutely opaque black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (roasted grain, chocolate), with notes of licorice, milk, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pretty mild and unexciting aroma...flavor balance is decent and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden considering the amount. But clearly not one of the better Imperials and surprised to see this so highly rated.
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2004
shared a 2002 bottle of this with duff as a nightcap. pretty black, full aroma of ash, molasses, golden syrup, plum and generic woodiness. loads of soy sauce flavour that caught me by surprise and made it hard to appreciate the lighter brownie, red grape and sour cherry flavours. pretty big and scary but not that pleasant to actually drink chriso (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
Black as black can be. Modest head. Oily appearance. Very vinous aroma, with smoky malt, a touch of dark chocolate and masses of woody notes - maybe a touch of oxidation (not in an off way). Flavour is more wood, balsamic vinegar and licorice. A bit too woody if anything. Slightly tart, lactic edge on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Not the richest mouthfeel, even a bit reminiscent of an Old Ale. I found the beer very interesting - good, but not great. Bottle, post DC gathering. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle, Batch 4 (Nov. 2002), kindly shared by David! Poured black with a tall, deep, well-retained dark brown head.. just lovely!, with intricate lacing following it down. The aroma was of rich dark chocolates delicately intertwined with darker grapes.. some sherry was also present, and the oak made itself known.. the vinous presence was greater than anticipated, but was fantastic! Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 20, 2003
The flavor was also rich, with well-roasted darker chocolates and heavy vinous notes at the core.. sherry and increasing vinous notes ride out the roasty finish with drier chocolates and cocoa.. this was like candy to me! The body was not much heftier than medium-bodied, but filled out a bit as the drink progressed.. great roast and barrel influence!.. creamy middle balanced well with sour oaky accents. Brilliant!
Dark brown, almost black, got some head, nothing great here. Low acidic content, coffee certainly present but not overly exposed, not that bad in aftertaste. I liked yes, but what’s the fuss about ? Am I the only one? vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle(batch 3). Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, oak, light oxidation aromas. Barley wine esk Flavors, chocolate, roasted, boozy, oxidation notes.