alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAY 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!! This beer is a drug. Its ultra cafinated and high abv give you a cocaine rush like no other brew ive tried. Plus the flavor in this thing is delicious i sampled the whole 750 ml by myself with a pound of Port Salut. I never wanted it to end like a great movie, it keeps you wanting more even though your noticing your tounge going numb you cant stop! Ive never been to partial on stouts (that wet cigar finish and the smoke filled mouth is not my thing) but this one is diffrent. I am a fan and its the highest rated beer on my list so far. The commercial description tells exactly what the stout is. The only downer is its little to no head and its overwhelming warming as it warms.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled from bottle at Higgins in Portland. Try this beer now. To me, this is the only stout that gives Shakespeare any competition. No complaints here really. The aroma was awesome, but perhaps it could be slightly more bold. The appearance could have benefitted from a slightly bigger head, but perhaps the alcohol kills it. Otherwise, this is coffee laced heaven in a glass.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 bottle shared at Jimmacks. I forget who brought this, but it had the same label as in the picture so it was aged at least a couple years. 2003? Pours out an almost pitch black with ruby highlights and a thick creamy head which fades slightly. Aroma is loaded with fresh coffee, despite it being aged, with tons of roasted barley and very light herbal hops. Flavor is so well blanced, yet very pronounced and intense. Lots of coffee, chocolate, and roasted barley, and an acrid sharp black malt character as well. Slightly sweet overall, but never gets overwhelming or cloying. Nice clean blanced bitterness in the end. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel all the way through. One of the best beers at Jimmacks gathering.
phiconners (148) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma was not as strong as I expected, poured thick black. Flavor also not quite as full as I expected. Alcohol was well masked. Very good beer, but at $13 for a 750ml, it’s not worth the money.
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL bottle received from Naven. Pours a thick opaque jet black with a thick, frothy dark brown head, somewhat diminishes, some lined lacing, slightly stains the glass. Aroma is dark, heavy roasted chocolate malt and coffee, slightly sweet caramel notes, alcohol nose, floral perfumey hops. Moderate to heavy bitter and acidic hoppy dark roasted coffee and malt grains, warm on the way down, woodsy oak notes, dark coffee beans and port, alcohol, finish is a fading acidic floral hop. Dark and full bodied, warm and fizzy palate.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
As a rule, I try not to read previous reviews before I write one. But for this one, I simply had to. And the reason is, I do not like this beer. I see it ranked highly all over the place, including this website, and I do. not. get. it.
Perhaps my handicap is that I do not drink coffee, and have not for years. Maybe the BA version will be better, and I surely hope so, because this tastes like a cup of sanka with a shot of smirnoff in it.
I’m sorry, but a strong coffee flavor does not mean a good beer! I rely on these guys at AleSmith to hook up the good beers, but this one is not good, unless you are a coffee addict. Do you go to Baskin Robbins and order coffee ice cream?
Really? With all those other flavors available?
Well then I guess this is for you. Enjoy.
I’ll pass. This beer is more for those who want to talk big, and talk others into thinking a bitter, burnt coffee taste with a severe alcohol burn is actually a ’tasty beer’. No thanks.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with medium thick brown head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, and hints of coffee roastiness. Really nicely complex flavor: coffee, sweet chocolate, caramel, slight alcohol aftertaste and a bit of raw hoppiness. Great mouth-feel; thick and bready with a bit of stickiness. I’ve been waiting to find this one, and I am not the least bit dissapointed.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pour from bottle, small brown head, big in color, body, coffee, alcohol, really everything. as usual, i served it too cold, but it was definatly more enjoyable as it got closer to room temp. if i dared to compare this to dark lord, i would say that this is not quite as smooth, but has more bitterness from coffee. this is surely a winner and doesnt dissappoint in offering a massive stout.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Bottle. Incredibly rich, thick pour of black chocolate milk frothed with a tall creamy layer of walnut shelled head. Swirling the beer keeps rejunenating an amazing growth of new foam. Aroma of bittersweet dark swiss chocolate, medium roaste coffee beans, and a hint of bourbon. A light raspberry fruitiness drizzled over a freshly baked prune tart pastry. The mouthfeel is incredibly rich, thick, and creamy without being excessively heavy or syrupy. The first wave of flavor brings plenty of chocolate to the palate, accompanied by a balanced hops bitterness. After the chocolate and hops comes a touch of raisin and dried prune. The finish is experienced in two seperate phases as well. The first half highlights some bourbon soaked oak chips grilled over a charcoal blaze. The second wave and final smack is of a mocha cappucino topped with whipped cream and shavings of dark swiss chocolate. Marvelous example of an imperial stout, but doesn’t look for this beer to produce any unexpected flavor surprises; it simply executes the style flawlessly.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark blackish brown color. Aroma is of coffee, malts, black licorice, malts and a hint of dark chocolates. First mouthful was very silky smooth and creamy. Coffe, chocolate, malts. Notes of molassess and a touch of caramel. Slight alcohol burn after your drink. Very smooth and complex. Not bitter at all. Probably the best stout I have ever had.