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 (2395) - 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 (5569) - 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. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
I haven’t had a bottle of this in years, basically the last time I had it I was still drinking craft brew from the bottle. So seeing how it is right behind on of my favorites in Stone Russian imperial stout I had to pick it up to review it. Pours out used oil black that looked a little thinner than other RIS’ I have had but great nonetheless. A full dark tan head formed atop the oily liquid and left no much in the way of lace as it faded away. There seems to be a strong smell of chocolate liquor coming from this with fruits and a bit of alcohol as well. Sweet chocolate covered fruit came to mind when I first sipped this. Chocolate and a touch of coffee were also present as well as a bittersweet finish. There was an odd sour taste that hit me a few times that was very unpleasant, not sure what this is from. Mouthfeel was good but not as thick as other Imperial Stouts but creamy still. Drinkability was lower than I would have though with that odd taste really putting me off. Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what but I plan on revisiting this in the future and giving it another chance. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Poured a very dark brown with a tan head that left a film on the beer. Strong aroma of dark chocolate and some roasted coffee--quite pleasant. Taste is rich roasted malt, slight vinuous character, and a touch of alcohol. Body is good but slightly thin for a stout. I till like the oatmeal stout more, but that’s probably because I’m more of a sweet stout person than an imperial stout person. Still, very drinkable and satisfying. pintbypint (3732) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
550ml clear bottle. Pours dark brown, purple/red highlights. Thick well formed tan head, very dense. Inviting aroma, noticable hops, roasted malts and raisin notes. Quite a lot of bitterness and dryness from roasted malt and hops. Roastiness lingers for quite a while. Alcohol was noticable in finish as well.