MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 750 ml bottle. Pours black and thick as motor oil with essentially no head. Nose was very big on roast coffee with hints of chocolate. Taste was rich blend of coffee and chocolate. Yummy taste. This coats your mouth in blackness. Medium-to-thick mouthfeel with a dry aftertaste. Slight chalkiness and slight hint of alcohol.
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of roasty coffee, alcohol, and chocolate. The head is thin with dense, small bubbles. Couldnít be any blacker. Very unique, incomparable stout.
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ the wolf tasting. Black with a brown caramel coloured head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. A very very good beer.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Ken for this one. Dark black body expectedly. Aromas of chocolate and licorice, noticeably sweet. Flavor contains notes of chocolate, has some light roast, and alcohol. Quite full body.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice. Worthy of its reputation. Pours jet black with a small amber head. Aroma hits you like a walk though a chocolate factory. The chocolate and coffee really come out in the taste and lingers with the thick mouthfeel.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now this is truly a pleasure to pour. A very dark brown color with a light brown cocoa head. Which is fitting since the aroma is very reminiscent of cocoa and chocolate, and roasted coffee that has been sitting for hours and scraped off the bottom of the pot. I really cannot do it justice in words, how roasty the aroma comes across, but in a good way. So well balanced for being such a large ABV. Silky smooth on the palate all the way through to the finish. I wish I could drink this all the time.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Poured dark with small diminishing head. Light molasses aroma. Then the chocolate and coffee hit your tongue and end up licking your teeth when itís finished.
Update 3/08. Went to a tasting at Alesmith and purchase a growler of this tasty brew and did not regret it.
gioni (14) - Nieuwegein, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
got this beer from a friend out of california, realy liked this one..... realy malty , flavorful. this is a beer i do not forget
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 750 mL bottle - had been holding on to this for a while and cracked open as soon as tom bradyís final pass fell harmlessly to the turf; probably a victim of sky-high expectations as i was very underwhelmed; shame on expectations!!! pours thin and jet black with thin tan head; almost an oily texture to it; aromas of bitter coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts; slight alcohol burn on the nose; no carbonation and texture becomes more creamy as it warmed; a very big beer in its flavor punch and has slight burn leading to bitter finish; comparing to another recently tried IS, it doesnít quite blow away my palate as say, southern tierís oat does; overall rating = 3.9
Update 10/31/08: sat on a bottle from the same batch as my original rating; guessing about a year old; pours oily black with no head; thin and uninteresting; aromas and most of the coffee flavor has faded; not sure if it was this specific batch or what, but very unimpressive again; overall score = 3.6
meanwhile, i stopped at alesmith while in the SD area and i’d have to say i was simply blown away; it was with their new in-house coffee process and maybe i just dig speedway fresh; silky smooth with tons of rich coffee right in your nose and palate; in this situation, a world class impy for sure; loved it and grabbed a fresh bottle for home; overall rating = 4.3
DialSquare (3785) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 Rating #100 for me -- been holding on to this one for six months. bought from Dilly Deli in cincinnati. pours dark black with just a hint of red. milky looking medium brown head that sticks. a nose of chocolate and coffee - and a pleasant roast/burnt smell also. wow. Iím sure itís been said a bunch but -- amazing balance. you get a bit of warmth from the alcohol but itís well hidden. sweet mix of fruit, chocolate, malt and molasses. thick sticky palate. just a little roasted bitterness on the finish. amazing beer. worth the wait. good thing I guess - because I canít get them anywhere near florida. additional comment: really is meant to be had relatively cold. it definitely gets hot w/ alcohol after it gets warm. ***** 3/20/10 Bottle from Andersons in toledo: Had this a few times now, but itís been a couple years - will be interesting to see if itís as good as I remember. Also, just tried every variation of cigar city stout last weekend - good to compare. Nice sturdy looking pour with lots of lacing. Sticky palate. Burnt quality. Bottom of a cup of coffee mixed with cherry mixed with molasses mixed with nuts. Still great stuff.