desurfer (1253) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours an opaque black with little head. Aroma is huge on roasted coffee and some woodiness. Flavor is loaded with chocolate bitterness, more coffee, and a touch of sweetness. I wish I took more notes, but I definitely enjoyed this one.
Luxury (2) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 I a a huge fan of any beer that has coffee in it. I personally donâ€™t care for the appearance of the bottle. When I first tried it I was skeptical because of the bottle looks, but it is incredible.
2012 UPDATE: They’ve redesigned the label since my last too visual review.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dense black with a beautiful, creamy tan head. Aroma is dominated by bitter coffee, maybe some caramel and malt. Flavor is at first caramel and roast, then the coffee hits, Ends on a dry hop note with coffee. NICE !!! Have one cellaring for a future tasting, I think aging will only make this that much better.
boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle: I believe this one dates to 2004: paper label and black foil. This one pours an inky very dark brown. There was a thin tan head that didn’t linger. Rich aroma. Mainly Roasted coffee and chocolate, with hints of sweetness and some dark fruits. WOW: is the taste smooth. It is very full bodied, roasty chocolate caramel, definitely some hops to balance it out, but they are masked. Excellent.
brianprentiss (677) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
the true american king of beers. this beer lives ups to it’s hype. I was so excited when I walked into Hollingshead’s and saw it. I wish I could have aged it longer, but I was too eager to try it. (2008 from bottle.) it’s thick and rich and complex, velvety smooth and bountiful.
Haslinger (876) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours totally black with a brown head. Very strong coffee and malt aroma. The flavor is very chocolatey and coffeesque with a little malt but not too much. Leaves a smooth taste in your mouth that has you longing for another sip. As it warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced and the malt stands out.Would buy again
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - APR 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 Pours like motor oil with a thick brown/ruby head. Loaded with hazelnut, milk cocoa, and coffee. Easily one of my all-time favorite beers -- it’s the best-tasting tranquilizer dart I’ve ever had.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 750ml bottle. Pours midnight black with minimal head that fades into a persistent oil slick. Oily lacing like the Exxon Valdez just spilled gallons of crude into the sea. Nose is Belgian chocolate, roasted coffee, plums, burnt malts and alcohol. Flavor is dark chocolate milk, cocoa, espresso and burnt caramel with bitter hops and alcohol in the finish. Super creamy palate coating mouth feel. Huge warming effect. Wow. All other impy stouts will be compared to this heavenly brew from this point forward. It’s the cock of the walk baby.
Enjoyit (3610) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black of color with thick, cloudy brown head. An aroma of liqurice, coffee, hops and bitter. A flavor of coffee, liqurice, dark chocolate, alkohol and dry - a very nice beer in balance.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn, what an awesome stout. Velvety texture, lots of alcohol, hints of coffee, everything you could want. Inky black, and big flavor. Not as much coffee and chocolate as I hoped for, but still f’n delicious. Lots of dark candy, caramel, and roasted grains in this one. A very nice complexity, that might be overlooked because of the subtle flavors that are almost hidden in the background. Very good on the palate. Outstanding.