mgardner (8) - Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a tan head that dissapates quickly. Alot of coffee in the aroma. Quite a smokey taste with a sweet expresso, coffee finish and some alcohol heat.
StateofTrance (35) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark, not as think as I’d initially expected. Aroma - coffee and plentiful hop. Massive coffee flavor, with the alcohol seemingly well masked at first. This follows with a lingering heavy bitter after taste and a sharp tongue feel. As you graduate into drinking this, the flavor of the roasted (burnt) nuts begins to open up and you realize how overdone and unpleasant this brew can be. They had the recipe for something brilliant and this does comes through at first glance, however it is a long, arduous journey there after that does not end well. It however does pair brilliantly with high quality bourbon infused gravel road ice cream.
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, thanks to Degarth and hopscotch) Pours black. Compact coffee aroma with cocoa and liquorice. A bit fiery alcohol. Undertones of vanilla, brown sugar, rum, smoke and a touch of menthol. Roasted and light burned flavour with coffee and chocolate. Very smooth and very clean mouthfell . Undertones of liquorice, caramel, smoke and medium salty. Lingring afrertaste with some alcohol. Medium to big body. A nice one.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Friend bought this for me as a going away present. What a present. Nothing tasted the same all night.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely black with a tan head. Rich vinous aroma with hints of vanilla, and coffee. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, plums, with a spicy hop bitterness. Light alcohol burn, and sweet but not cloying. Silky texture. Overall, very nice beer, thanks Santa.
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Bottle. Pours a deep dark solid black with a large foamy dark tan lacing head that sustained. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, fresh hops, light citrus and dark chocolate. Flavor of creamy cappucino, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, caramel/toffee. Nice hop bitterness balanced greatly with lots of roasty sweet malt. Alcohol very well hidden. This was a fresh bottle and tasted amazing!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep dark brown - black color with half an inch of dark brown foam. Good lacing throughout the glass. Strong aroma that reminds me of kahlua, but not quite as sweet.
Very strong roasted grain, toffee, vanilla bean, and oily espresso flavors. Strong bitter finish - bitter from the roast, the coffee, and from a mildly minty hopping. Full bodied, silky smooth, gently carbonated, great coffee and alcohol aftertaste.
JAXSON (530) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 I had great expectaions for this one, which, as usual, made it difficult for the beer itself to live up to its reputation. Instead of repeating all the same adjectives that obviously describe this rather expensive beer ($18 per 750ml bottle), I’ll give som overall impressions. It is extremely refreshing, which is weird for a beer this big. The bitterness is a little too much, especially on the finish. "Coffee-oriented" stouts tend to up the bitterness too much for my taste. Overall though. the flavor is really nice. The aroma was a bit weak. Although this is a great stout, it doesn’t match the perfection of DFH WWS at all.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, with thick tan head. The aroma is clearly cocoa, almost like a glass of chocolate milk. Sweet and heavy, with a heavy chocolate taste. Not too much bitterness. The alcohol was not evident until into the second glass.
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Engelsman. Black-black - brown head. Just the small while pouring is fantastic - a lot of Cocoa. Aroma: Chokolate, cocoa, hoppy, light licorice. Taste: Coffee, grounded coffee, cold coffee, burned, chokolate. Very smooth - This is love at first smell !!