lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Smells of coffee and bitter chocolate.
Taste is big dark malt. Bitter chocolate and sweet malt. A nice roundness in the flavor. Lightly nutty and smoky. Mostly big malty flavors but smooth too. Very full-bodied and big. sticky mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for big robust beer. Very flavorful for a 7.0 ABV, I’ve had stronger stouts that weren’t near this complex. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 Bottle. Pours a dark chocolaty color with frothy brown head. Smells of dark chocolate and Kahlua with hints of roast. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and a slight smoke taste in the finish. Feels a bit dry to me and does not reach the complexity of Old Rasputin. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Quite deep brown color with a bubbly dark tan head. Looks apetizing enough, though not quite Imperial. Smell is nice, reminds me of the Oatmeal, with more dark fruits. Candied prunes, chocolate, a hint of day old cold coffee, molasses. Smell is pretty sweet, but nice. Doesn’t really smell boozey. Taste is solid, but again lacks Imperial elements. Oddly enough, the alcohol is felt, warming the chest. A nice feeling. Taste is a little sour, dry, big roasts coming through. A bit thin compared to some, even thinner than Storm King. Definite chocolate flavors, distant whiskey tones, some anise in the finish. Gently hopped to round it out with a dry coffee aftertaste. Quite the drinkable Imperial, and affordable! SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 6, 2005
From bottle pours quite black with some red poking through at the edges. Not much head or lacing in mine. Very pleasant aroma of smoky dark chocolate, molasses, licorice.
Bittersweet dark chocolate flavor with a dry finish and a burnt aftertaste that coats your mouth. Thick mouthfeel.
Yum. Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2005
Wow. A style defining Imperial Stout. The tan/copper head started creamy and thick, then dissipated after a few sips. Nearly opaque crimson/black. Strong carmel scent in addition to sweet malts. Crisp and robust mouth feel, strong flavors of coffee and chocolate malts...maybe some treacle.
I’m drinking my last one as I write this; I wish my fridge was full of this beer.
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2005
Deeeeelicious. I love Samuel Smith and I love stouts. Pours a very very dark red (looks black) with a nice coffee colored head that sticks around. Tastes malty and rich-sweet with a definite alcohol taste in there. 7% will do that. Mmmm. ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2005
It smells like a rattlesnake. Real creammy, exceptionally smooth. Very well-balanced. A slight, rather enjoyable alcohol burn at the finish. Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2005
Bottle at APK. Poured a thick black (maybe dark dark dark ruby) with a large and persistent mocha head. Aroma of molasses and roasted barley. Taste was of molasses and...coffee? tar? I can’t quite place it, but it was an enjoyable drink. Chewy mouthfeel. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
Bottle. Reddish-brown/black beer with a thin cocoa head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a bit of chocolate. Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and some coffee flavors. Medium body and very drinkable. JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2005
Rich Black Beer with an abundance of different aromas..chocolate,treacle toffee.Brilliant sweet marzipan taste and malty finish.This really hides its alcohol well,( I could neck it! Lol!)