larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin dark brown head. Opaque black body. Sooty, rounded burnt chocolatey malt aroma with earthy notes. Dry, smooth alcoholic burnt cocoa and chocolate taste with sharpish notes. Very nice burning sharp chocolatey aftertaste. My RBNAG’07 review then continues: "So fucking drunk. Now sleep." So I retasted next morning, to find much the same, except the bottom of the bottle had a pronounced bready aroma and taste. (0.66l bottle at RBNAG’07.)
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Will try again with a bigger sample. The aroma is some very nice malt, slightly roasted, and some dark fruit. The flavor has the dark fruit malt up front with roasted coffee in the finish. Very good. I will re-rate this one when I have another bottle.
Sigmund (5836) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Rerate bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. The aroma and flavour has notes of heavily roasted malts and strong coffee. Maybe not one of the most complex beers in the world, but still one of the best! I’m upping it a point or two. Original rating: Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. Pitch black colour. Intense but pleasant roasty aroma and flavour, notes of leather and tar.
gail (4) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
in some ways i hate to give something a perfect score... but that’s been my relationship with this bev. The commercial deScription is pretty much spot on, all the way to shouting out "HUGE." At the wonderful Liars Club in SD they once made me pair cheesecake with it... seemed like dumb excess. It was genius excess!
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
57 cl bottle. Black color. Big, brown head. Coffee and roasted malt, hops and fruit. Lovely. (RBNAG’07 in Grimstad Nov. 3th.)
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally decided to crack open one of my bottles. 2006 (I think - possibly early 07) 750ml - 55 degrees, Black pour with a nice looking tan head. Aroma has an incredible creamy essence with lots of rich coffee, chocolate, and a nice roastiness. Flavor is fantastic - coffee, chocolate, cream, vanilla, finely roasted malts, just a hint of hops and alcohol - this is great even at a younger age! Mouthfeel is simply incredible, ranging from silky smooth to tingly. Just about perfect - The best use of coffee in a beer by far. Alcohol is barely noticeable and the experience is fantastic. What a beer!
mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing stout. Coffee and chocolate on the palate. Alcohol is very detectable but but works well in combination with the flavor. Highly recommend this stout.
alandudeman (25) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Finally found this at 4seasons on rt 9 Hadley, MA.
Fantastic sludge! Intense flavors. Thick and vicious in your mouth. Mild carbonation.
First and last impressions were of coffee. Like damn, this would wake ya up in the morning. The flavors match the deScription perfectly (see deScription), all are easily noticed and enjoyed. For 12% this stuff goes down like butter. First you feel a morphine like warming in your chest and then next thing you know, you’re already drunk. This stuff was coffee through and through, but as it warmed (you and the beer) chocolate became noticeable. I prefer Great Divide Yetis flavor a little more but for 12% this one deserves to be king.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark as the night, with an aroma of coffee and chocolate. It coats the mouth like a winter parka. Tastes like bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Pours like motor oil that went way too long in the engine! I TRIED to create foam on this one and as much as it sloshed in the glass, the oily film on the top was all there was in the way of a head. Nose of molasses and soy. The first sip is a kick in the teeth of roasted coffee, the salty taste of soy sauce, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, and the whole flavor sits in your mouth for a full minute after it’s been swalllowed.
After it warms for a bit, the teeth kicking subsides and the coffee smoothness with more chocolate take over and it’s a beautiful thing. Great sipping beer. Looking forward to trying it after cellaring it for a year.