bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2003
This poured with NO HEAD AT ALL! It wasn't as thick as I was expecting. It smelled like roasted malt and ash. Perhaps I'll age a bottle and re-rate. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2003
1999 Vintage Sampled Oct 6, 2003JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Pours completely flat. It is oil black in color, there is no head what-so-ever. The aroma is of dark malt and sherry, with a bit of alcohol in the nose. A barely perceptible funky aroma seems to also be evident. This beer really could use some carbonation. My first impression is that the flavor is a bit flat. It is a bit wine like in its profile. Definite roast malt profile, but seems fairly soft and mellow. The beer is thick and has some syrup type consistency to it. Finishes somewhat sweet. Strong malt flavors dominate. In the end a bit disappointing, really needed a bit of carbonation in order to shine.
Surprised to find a cork on this little bottle, Strong currant, black grape, roasted malt nose from a very dark beer with a tan foamy head. Vinous and tart, somewhat sour and strange. Held together by a roasty malt background, but grapey as well. Alcohol sneaks up at the finish, enjoyable, but I won't stock this as a regular... baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 4, 2003
This is some of the dirtiest motor oil looking stuff I've seen since my diesel 1980 VW Rabbit. Strong vinous aroma with a load of tart aromas like dehydrated cherries and cherry juice. Of course it has a strong backbone of oasted malts to balance out the tart aromas. Digging deeper a thick caramel (or maybe milk chocoalte) aroma comes out. Flavor is rudimentarily describd as thick and salty (snot?). Big time soy coming out on the taste. Flavor starts dry and then feels empty (except for the salt). Flavor was way more bearable when consumed with my chocolate cake. Very interesting. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Deepest black; minimal head; coffee nose. Fantastic body- hints of lactic sourness to start but they faded as soon as the alcohol hit my pleasure centers. This was a 1999 bottle, so I am sure that the aforementioned tartness was present in early days.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2003
10/25/03: bottle. bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2003
flat, black, opaque body. extra sweet malty nose with notes of smoke and black cherry. unusual flavor. sweet malt taste which quickly turns to a strong bitterness. other flavors include smoke, coffee and some fruitiness. this beer has a truly unique taste, which i’m not sure if i’m overly fond of.
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 2000Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Opaque black body with no head or lacing.
Huge roasted malt aroma. Vinous aroma. Maybe a little soy sauce too.
Slightly sour malt, alcohol and some smoke/roast. Vinous character continues in the flavor. Nice bitterness that evens out the malty sweetness perfectly.
Full, full body with thick, creamy mouth feel.
After sitting outside in 45oF and rain for 3 hours, couldn't pick a better warmer than this!
2001 11.2 oz bottle pours pretty flat and thick and opaque. The aroma is solid roast malt and somewhat fruitcake like. The flavor is, well, like a cold and somewhat sour espresso. This one lacks much of what I expect of an Imperial Stout. It is really dry and the typical sweetness that I expect in the style just does not show at all. Perhaps too green? I even tried to go all the way up to near room temperature and still did not find the balance. I really gave it try... The palate was fairly rich with very little carbonation. Overall, this is one I will not seek out again. chronictonic (490) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2003
I'm really hoping this was a bad bottle - tasted like burn plastic. Deep black color with a dark, foamy head. Aroma was very strong of licorice. I'll have to try this one again maybe. frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2003
1999 Bottle. Opaque black body, with a dark brown head. Aroma is vinous, and chocolate. Dry roastiness, very smooth, slight chocolate flavors, good balance of hops. Well concealed 9% abv.