BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
Just run out and buy it! Yuummm! Dark pour, with a great tan heads that lasts and lasts. Chocolately, hoppy, perfect. High ABV lets you know it, but it’s hard to stop because it;s so good! Enjoy. rauchbier (3880) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2004
Cask, GBBF2004. Jet black, good coffee beige head and moderate fine condition. Excellent spirity aromas of coffee, raosted barley and liquoice with some gentle background hops (cascade?). Thick and oily in the mouth with lots of sweet liquorice, roast barley, bitter coffee and again a low hop note. Long and warming alcoholic kick in the finish, laced with licoriceand coffee beans. Worth the entry fee on its own.
SilentNight (5) - CANADA - OCT 10, 2004 does not count
Black as tar, very smooth. Quite dry with a pronounced hop aftertase. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in terms of the mouthfeel, as opposed to more astringent stouts such as Samuel Smith’s. Very hard to find here in Toronto. bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 5, 2004
the only bad thing i can say about this beer is that it isnt availible near me often. very had to finger roasted malt that doesnt taste too much like cocolate or coffee. joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 chocolate, coffee, roasted malt...pours very dark brown/black...small head which didnt last,,nice lace which did
great imperial stout. -----rerate/ - dec 04 batch. very hoppy, not as malty or chocolatey.....oct o5 batch-----woah. cheese, feet smell...not nice. still a good flavor of malt and choc, but thin and not as good as i once thought it to be.Every batch ive had has been markedly different.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005
Rerate: 14 month old bottle. Even after more than a year in the bottle it’s still aromatically hoppy, which doesn’t work well with the malt, and even though it is very full bodied, chocolatey and vinous, it’s still a bit crude from the excessive hops, so I am lowering my score for right now. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
A new favorite of mine. Heard and read lots of good about this brew, finally had the chance to grab some and was not disappointed. Aroma was overwhelmed with hopiness, which is a bit strange for an i.s. but not bad by any means. also had obvious notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Tastes were similar, with the hops still showing up in a big way, providing for a really different experience. am really looking forward to having the rest of this six pack over the next few years and seeing how it ages. but as a younger brew i really enjoyed it. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle. Black body with a small tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Big coffee flavors to go with hop bitterness, burnt grains, and some underlying fruit. S bit of a creaminess to it. Hides alcohol well. Another disapointment. Just too much burnt flavors. Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 bottle from new american beer LES nYC
pours a pitch black with a thin tan head.
roasy malty flavors with the coffee chocolate note that goes with the IS territory.
smooth creamy mouth feel,can taste almost no alcohol. damn fine stout must buy more Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 This is the best stout I have had (usually not my favorite type of beer) ... Victory has once again set the microbrew standard. Very dark and chocolately, with a very sublime and smooth after-taste. Strong, yet soothing, it’s an extremely enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves darker beers.