Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Smells like chocolate imbedded in a dark wheat with hints of alcohol. Very dark brown, almost black, with a chocolate head which is small but lasting. Bursts of flavor on the tongue, complex, starts malty with slight hop kick then taste alcohol. It does leave a strange taste in my mouth though but that fades and it is very smooth. Not bad but I prefer the Oatmeal Stout myself. BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Aroma is somewhat stale smelling, but still not unpleasant, just a little musty or something. Taste is semi-full, smoky malt, nut, chocolate and coffee with a slightly fruity sweet finish - sort of raisiny. Everything about the flavor was good, but the mouthfeel was not quite as robust as some of my favorites. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Pours dark, tan head. roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is a little weak, roast, bitter, cholate, and fruit. good brew. rverb361 (19) - USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle. My First imperial stout. Focusing on flavor, I tasted mostly coffe and chocolate. I prefered their outmeal stout. IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - JUN 20, 2005
Nice blend of nut, chocolate and coffee with a soft aftertaste. Beer has a smooth finish and is a well balanced stout.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Nice bottle to start with, although could have done with the glass being as dark as the beer, seems a shame to put any beer, in such a clear bottle, but this is the same with any from the smith’s brewary. Aroma is full and sweet but not as intence as your usual imperial stout. Taste is also sweet and full, quite similar to the oatmeal stout, but not as full as i expected from an imperial. In saying this there was alcohol in there, which was noted concidering its only 7%. Actually on rerating this is a fruity immence beer, unlike your rookie american imperial stouts that are so one dimentional, as they only taste of coffee! Rerate too sweet and one dimentional. REARTE: Aroma is roasty and tart fruit, tary, but berry fruit saves it. Taste is really roasty and one dimentional, fruity yes and alc hidden, but totally not me anymore. bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
poured dark brown/black. clear and light peaked its way through especially at the edges...thus could have been darker. aroma was sweet roasty with hint of raisin. the flavor was sweet and roasty/coffee like at the front and finished quite bitterly with the flavor of unsweetened dark chocolate. lingering aftertaste. mouth feel was a bit watery for an imperial. an ok. Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Very dry, almost like sandpaper on your tongue. Goes down pretty smooth, but let it get to temp to really appreciate all of it. A little too sour for my taste, but still a classic. SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 14, 2005
caramel, candy, and chocolate aroma. black with a frothy brown head. flavor of chocolate and dark fruit. sugary toffee as well. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2005
This was quite interesting... The flavor and the smell were both sort of skunked. However, what I could pull from the aroma and the flavor was excellent. The roasted chocolate marshmellowy nutty aroma matched the thicker texture and chocolatey flavors. Walnut and cremy malt flavors were also coming through for me. This is probably most excellent if drawn from the tap and nmot poured from a god-only-knows-how-old-clear bottle.