Linc (740) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark and exciting looking, I really was anticipating greatness. The low carbonation of this beer made me think that perhaps I could be in for one of those quirky treats along the lines of A. Le Coq imp. stout. Alas I was dissappointed with a thin overly alcoholic palate a hint of olives (others may say diarrhoea but I can’t draw any distincion between the two) some chocolate but otherwise a flat uninteresting mess. jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2004
Deep brown or black color with a brown head. The taste is hard roasted malts with a light smoky and alcohol sharpness on the otherwise balanced palate. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2004
Bottled. A lovely aroma filled with licquorice greats you as soon as the bottle is poured. There is also some worcester sauce type smells. The beer is totally black with a tan head which quickly disappears save for little patches on top of the drink. The taste is very good - lots of fruit and licquorice again. The 9.3% doesn’t come through and you are left feeling a little cheated because of that. An excellent beer nonetheless which leads me to want to try the others in this range. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Bottle pours a viscous black, small frothy tannish head, with decent lacing. Nice roasted malt aroma, slight sweet soy, with some dark pitted fruit. Flavor is forwardly roasted malts with a slight figgish taste. Slight warming is noticed too, due to the 9.3% ABV albeit there is not taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel on this one is wonderful, very satinish. Finish holds a bit more of the dark fruit, but the roasted malts seems to drop off. Overall its somewhat light for an Imperial Stout, not any real heavy flavors, but it is rather smooth on the palate. Thanks goes out to austinpowers for the trade! motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 5, 2004
this was a big bottle for spiesy to cart around and the effort was much appreciated. had a strange lamington aroma (the beer, not spiesy) and defionite whiff of alcohol and what i would call garbage juice but babyshit is close enough. a little messy, some upfront alcohol, cocoa butter and rusty hops
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
Mighty fine looking beer but it isn't possible to comment about the subtleties of its presentation given the time and stress factor of this being my 22nd sample of the evening. The dire rear (as opposed to badass) nature of the beer wasn't there for me. I do recall the debate on the spelling of the word but it may have been my own farts that gave this character. Sure did pick up the liquorice and fruits but couldn't discern too much in the way of chocolate, more like a burnt malt. This needs a re-rate when I am able to be in the sober company of our benefactor Spiesy. eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
well i was just about ready for bed by this stage so it is quite a challenge to read my notes but here i go. the smell was pretty crazy as with the other historic numbers: pineapple, liquorice, a BBQ in progress. there was also this diarrhoea thing but i think in the cool light of sobriety i'll put that down to the previous beers that had infected my glass. taste is sharp, salty vegemite/bovril/vegetable stock and a dubious pooey aftertaste that i tasted for the duration of the taxiride home, who knows, i must've eaten my own shit or something. Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate, burnt caramel), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of alcohol and vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Eh. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2004
Opaque beer with thin brown head.
Roasted aroma with tones of wet things.
Roasted malt flavor with alcoholic tones. Licorice, anis, spices and red meat.
A bit flat aroma but and incredible flavor.
Pitfield shows it strength johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2004
Black with no head and
tasting of chocolate and coffe.No significant aftertaste
just a pleasant gentle smoked feeling in your mouth.One to sip and contemplate on.