Anathama (2) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good dark strong beer, Deep deep brown. I was expecting it to be a bit thicker and richer. The coffee flavor was definetly present and added a kick, contributing to a rather bitter aftertaste. The guys at the Beer tasting booth at the LA county fair assured me that this would whoop all kinds of ass over my favorite beer: Stoneís Imperial Russian stout. They were wrong, at least in my opinion.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 I am lucky enough to live in the So. Cal region where I have plenty of stores that stock this great beer. I have gone through at least 6 bottles of this since first tasting it a couple of years ago.
It pours black. The head is dark. Light will not pass through the beer. Delicious!
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 55F Snifter. Very rich dark aromas, very rich coffe smell, with medium hops. Pours very dark,very black, with a long lasting dark brown head. A ring of foam lasted the entire time. Huge stout flavors, tons of coffe, and roasted malts, tons of alcohol, medium hops flavors, the malts definately dominated the hop profiles. A nice thick palate, with great carbonation, this was quite heavy on the palate and this brew requires sipping. Very big and very stout. A monster of a brew. Thanks ACertain.
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting, July 2006. Same session as, but unfortunately not alongside, the barrel aged version. Pitch black. Massive coffee aroma. Big and chewy. Bold and brassy. Chocolate on the palate, but still dominated by coffee. A bit toned down in the barrel-aged version, which Iím not convinced is a plus. Fair amount of hoppy bitterness to prevent it getting too one-dimensional. Obviously alcoholic. Very impressive. I marginally prefer the normal version to the barrel aged; the brashness of this beer is what I like about it.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with realale420. Thanks Brian. I have saving this for my 100th rating. Pours a pitch black color with a thick tan head. Leaves behind a nice thick lacing of little bubbles. Aroma of STRONG coffee and toffee as well. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice. Finishes smooth but leaves a slight burnt hop aftertaste. A very nice stout with plenty of kick.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve been waiting for YEARS for this one and itís finally here. Blocking out the light like a Monty Burns Sun Blocker. Black with a brown fizzy head and lots of soapy lacing. Smells of cafe latte and Irish Cream topped with Fresh Prunes and sweet caramels. This has some abbery ale qualities! Malts in the mouth are strong on the breads and cherries. Wisps of alcohol break through... but itís so marvelously coy. Distinctly Stout with the best characteristics of unibroue and Bells and Rogue all thrown in for good measure. This is altogether more pleasant than I expected. Superb!
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
04 bottle? pour very dark with thick beige head. thick bodied beer with coffee and scotch hints. too much flavor to drink a lot of, or even for more than a sip at a time. ridiculous. (copied from old rating, mistook this for the barrel aged)
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours black with a large brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, and earthy hops. The flavor is smooth for alcohol content, chocolate is heavily present, sweet, with a bitter hoppy finish. Great body.
Jerre (2713) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2006
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Pours black in colour with a large brown head. Aroma of bitter brownies. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, slight coffe, nice carbonation - hint of vanilla and caramel.
Not my taste
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 This beer poured a dark brown/near black, with a 1 inch head that was quite dense. Part of the great thing was that the head NEVER faded and even the very last sip at the bottom had some foam on top. Anyway, the aroma struck me as vanilla, and raisiny, with a bit of coffee, of course. Flavor was similar with some hints of liquorice, and espresso, while there were just enough hops to balance the flavors upfront. Like many other fine beers, this one is perfectly balanced, with no singular flavor being spotlighted. Oddly enough though, I think Old Numbskull has a slightly thicker mouthfeel, but the carbonation was still perfectly low. The extra coffee in this beer was quite delightful as though, since my friend and I were both sleepy. A perfect way to kick off a going away party for someone.
Okay, Iím having this a second time, and the flavor is utterly brilliant. Chocolate, vanilla, buttery hops, itís all there. But itís kinda flat! No head on this thing what-so-ever, and I poured this sucker FAST. Thereís some carbonation, but absolutely no creamy mouthfeel. What happened?