ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2004
33 cl bottle; Pitchblack, with creamy beige head. Nose i vineous. Flavour of roased malts and desserwine. Not particularly sweet. Thin body. OK Impy stout, but not awesome. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
Deep black color with a ring of foam around the glass. Appealing aroma of raosted malt and fruit. The flavor is pretty much the same : roasted malt and fruit. Full body, slightly liquorous texture, soft carbonation. A classic. biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Excellent imperial. It covers the alcohol very well. Good with steak. I like the Poseidon imperial better because is aged in wine casks which gives more flavor. Habman (23) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
Dark black on the pour with a fizzy rather than creamy head I expected. All sorts of coffee, grain, fruit and wood in the nose and on the tongue. Finish is nice at start but gives way to all alcohol . Not a warming one either, but a bit nasty and "chemical". Not the best stout by a ways, but much better than most beers out there. SDalkoholic (2393) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Thick khaki/pink head, oil black color and a chocolate yet whiskey like aroma. It has some roasted malt flavor, plumish raisin, caffeine and a rum spike. Not all that great in my opinion.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Around 15 years ago, this was probably the first Imperial Stout I had ever tried. This bottle wasn’t as good as I remember, but it always seems a hit or miss proposition with Sam Smith beers.
Smoky, roasted malt aroma and flavor with a bit of bitter dark chocolate. Enjoyable, but not what I remember. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
This a good Imperial Stout. Coffee, earthy, and roasted malt flavors. Finishes a little thin, bland, and sweet. gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Deep, dark brown pour with a dark tan head. Not long lasting but sticky. This is very complex. Strong coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, burnt wood, and a powerfully overwhelming vinegar like aroma, similar to rice wine vinegar. Flavors are the same with a solid hops finish. This is too thin for a stout. Head was weak. The majority of the flavor components were there except for the vinegar thing. Not really sure if this was a bad bottle or not. Will try again. PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2004
Inviting dark color with brown head. Powerful roasted coffee aroma. Delicious chocolate with roasted malt taste. Long romantic warming finish.
Exactly what you would expect from Samuel Smith. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Yum! A thick, black pour with a creamy tan head, this is a fine imperial. The aroma is full of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and alcohol. Very creamy in the mouth. This has complex tastes... roasted malt, chocolate, anise, fruits, a hint of smoke, some spiciness. Nice mildly bitter, dry finish. Although not having a hefty abv, this Imperial is a great warmer nonetheless.