Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Brandon Pours a good deep black with a creamy brown head. The head lasts well. The lacing is perfect. Has a wonderful aroma of good alcohol, roast, coofee, chocolate, and some spices. Has a light carbonation. A tewrrific mouthfeel. The flavor is real good. Alcohol is well hidden. The balance is real good. The flavor is wonderful. Not too heavy and very smooth. Has a thick texture. Has a full body. The finish is nothing short of super. A great lasting aftertaste. This is a flat out awesome beer. I would drink this anytime any place.
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle, sampled at last. Color is a viscous, menacingly dark, and with a rocky brown head. Aroma is heavy with flowery hops, vinous red grape essence, roasts, and creamy coffee. Flavor starts with definite hoppiness, then moving dramatically towards coffee and cream crossed with a fine red wine. Sounds weird, but these flavors move harmoniously together, intensifying as the beer warms. Once you let this baby sit, this beer has more flavor than you can shake a finger at. Very, very satisfying. A rich palate, perfect carbonation, and a smooth finish cap it off. Lastly, this tasted great, but young. I bet it could improve with age, which is scary . . .
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Sample courtesy of beercronic who cellared this fine beer for two long years in his beerium. Me and beercronic first drank this two years ago with a fresh bottle (what I never reviewed for some reason) and saved this second bottle for now two long years later. Extremely opaque dark brown with zero light penetration the thick dark brown cap that sits on top had phenomenal staying power. Aroma was very nice it was a good balance of coffee and chocolate with the chocolate coming out stronger, alcohol was noticeable but barely along with some Christmas style spices. Where is the 12% you can hardly notice it maybe all this delicious coffee and chocolate are hiding it in the taste. There is for sure a burnt quality to the flavor and a very weak raspberry taste, the after taste was short lived and mildly bitter. This a great brew and I would give beercronics left nut to get more however if memory serves correctly I believe I enjoyed the fresh bottle better."
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, freshly arrived on the east coast. Pours a jet black body with a tight deep dark brown head that has awesome resilience. Nose is full of espresso beans, chalky dark chocolate and sweet sweet dark malts. Amazing balance of flavor. The hops really shine bright amid the thick roasty malts and dry coffee notes. The chalky dry chocolate smell drinks like creamy rich indulgence and the finish is clean, strong and begs you to go back for more. No alcohol presence at all, nice full mouthfeel, truly inspiring beer.
neepsntatties (1778) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got a bottle of this at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour... Black as night with essentially no head. Nose... burnt brown sugar, treacle, turbinado, chocolate, coffee and bourbon vanilla. Palate... again with the chocolate, "tangy" coffee, light molasses, toffee and a delightfully long and velvety finish.Mmmmmmm....!
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the AleSmith tap room in San Diego. Pours a jet black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of sexy, layered lacing. Gorgeous. Aroma is huge. Lots of roasted coffees, cocoa beans and dark chocolate, bright piney hops, and a touch of licorice. Flavor is more of the same with lots of coffee and lots of dark chocolate. Some more of a vanilla taste and chocolate covered cherries come in before a bold and bright, piney finish. Lots of rich chocolates and quality coffees in the aftertaste. Palate is full, but silky with a slow, drying finish. Overall, a wonderful imp stout with lots of bold flavors. The freshness of having this on tap at the brewery really made everything jump out and kept the coffee in submission, despite being at the forefront. Wonderful stuff!
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and rich. Coffee, chocolate, and dark dark caramel, just like the description says. nice bitterness keeps it interesting. Alcohol is hidden quite well.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured black as a moonless night with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is decadent coffee with hints of anise and dark chocolate. Full and velvety as it slides down my throat. Carbonation is near perfect. Flavors are pronnounced and complex; coffee, dark bitter chocolate at first soon followed by some really roasty notes. Finishes like fresh roasted coffee. Fantastic beer, truly world-class.
tedovertu (293) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was expecting a little more out of this one. Surly Darkness kicks this ones rear end. Still not a bad stout. I do believe this beer is over rated. Pours pitch black with hints of dark chocolate with some pretty overpowering coffee. I believe the body I received was not aged long enough. I will have to rate this one again if I can get a hold of another bottle.
calprop (2) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
beer tasting. This beer was the fifth beer I tried that night and it blew me away. Pours black, aroma of chocolate, coffee, a litte licorce. Thick and wonderful. a world class beer.