tomthompson89 (1949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
beer pours sooo black!!! head is thick frothy brown, leaves a lovely lacing. nose is alcohol, choc, some coffee, vanilla. Flavor is so balanced, all of the things mentioned in the nose, so well done could drink it all night, smooth palate creamy. Canít believe this is 12%.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours opauqe black in color and a thick brown head. The nose immediately shows off the coffee along with scents of dark chocolate, plum liquor, dark caramel and hazelnut. Thick and rich in the midpalate with a nice bitter/dry edge picking up toward the lingering finish. While it is a sipping beer, it is so well-balanced that it is very easy to drink...not overpowering at all. Yum!
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It was extremely hard for me to find anything wrong with this one!!! Pours a shade of midnight and roasted coffee and bitter chocolate hit the nose with a vengeance. The flavors exquisitely match the aroma...and display a richness like none Iíve ever experienced. Without a doubt, my all time favorite!!!
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First beer of 08! This was from an 05 bottle. Poured an oil thick and completely opaque black with a nice, thick, brown, head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was strongly dominated by coffee and a roasted note that gave a clue to the bitterness that lay within. The flavor was dominated by coffee, and was strongly bitter, though the edges had obviously been rounded out with the 2+ years of age. There was a distinct sweetness that poked its head through the bitterness, but it was largely overwhelmed by the coffee and dark chocolates. Little hop note to speak of. Finishes long as the taste sits on the palate just long enough to make itself known. Overall an excellent stout... and a great way to celebrate.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stout has some serious ballz. Donít let the cool design on the cover fool you. Strong rich coffee taste, but not too overpowering like some stouts. The mixture of coffee and chocolate is just right. This beer is definately one of my favorites, as it is for most people. A fantastic beer and highly recommended.
jdjuice (475) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
3rd stout on the legendary Day of Stouts. My least favorite against the other two I tried, but still very excellent. A bit more vinous and bitter than I like in a stout, more emphasis on coffee, including coffee bitterness which Iím not a big fan of. Still an excellent beer, a friend or two is necessary to tackle a bomber. Thanks Tom!
travita (4538) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#400 beer! Black with a large head. Aaroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is rich sweet malt. Very full bodied. Strong rich flavors of coffee and chocolate.
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Bottle. When you first open the bottle you are met with sweet coffee smells. It pours a straight black with a beige head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a flavor of sweet malty flavor that ends with a bitter coffee/ chocolate flavor. A very full, thick beer. Has some wine characteristics. I definitely enjoyed this brew but will save it for special occasions in the future.
yngwie (15630) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 Bottle, 75cl. (RBNAG 07) A gorgeous looking beer with a jet black body that probably would have been said to be unclear if it was possible to see through it at all. At least it looks like that. Complex aroma and flavor with sweetness, roasted malt, bitterness, cocoa and all the good stuff expected. Full body. What a silly idea, to drink and rate this after so many good beers, when really drunk and with my tastebuds gone to sleep. Hope I get another opportunity to sample it. Rating: 8-5-8-4-17-4.2. 071103
Bottle, 75cl. Finally, I got another chance to taste this, thx to Erik who brought it to the tasting, and James who gave it to Erik! Itís still a black beer, it pours quite oily, and is topped by a tan head. It doesnít get much prettier than this. Alcohol, coffee, roasted malts and hints of soy sauce on the nose. Cocoa and hops as well. Itís a full-bodied and warming beer, with flavors of roasted, almost burnt malts, lots of malty sweetness with hops to support it, and an almost soy sauce-like twist. In a nice way that is. Losfer words, it wonít get very much better than this. 091230
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 2009 bottle on 5/13/11. very dark pour - almost oily into a snifter with a 1+ finger tan frothy head - which falls to a thin lacing. big roast nose filled with coffee, chocolate malt, licorice, dark fruits and a bit of sugar. thick and creamy body filled with layers of chocolate, coffee, cherry, figs, dates, light vanilla, licorice and molasses... any bitterness has since faded. smooth throughout with nice carbonation. big roasted finish, somewhat dry and full of deep dark coffee with lingering dark chocolate.
2009 bottle on 05/24/10. dark pour with a 1 1/2 finger tan frothy head - which falls over time to a thin and distant lacing. Appearance wise, it has not shown me to be perfect, so its back down to a í4í. deep coffee and roasted malt nose with lingering chocolate. wonderful smooth and thick body - very creamy throughout the mouth with the coffee notes circling the tongue... deep chocolate malts fill the top while stronger coffee coats the finish. somewhat bitter finish as well. overall an excellent coffee infused imperial stout that delivers on the coffee and roast.
1-2-09 2006 750ml bottle thanks to The Beer Sommelier. This one has aged very well - the alcohol is more subdued while the coffee and licorice are very pronounced. all below in my previous rating still stands.. although I have kicked up the appearance a notch - deep black pour with a wonderful 1 finger tan head... doesnít get much better than that. This one is damn near perfect... I would like to try the BA version and see how that one compares before taking it any further towards a 5.
12-31-07 2007 750ml on New Yearís Eve. This beer is legendary.... absolutely wonderful. Thick black pour with a small tan head. Aromas of licorice and coffee. Very smooth over the palate with a thick body that rolls right over the tongue. The front of the tongue grabs the licorice and the coffee notes flow over the sides. There is a touch of carbonation on the palate. Nice alcohol warmth on the finish and through the aftertaste. Speedway delivers with a punch.... delicious.