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?
shrubber85 (7947) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 Bottle. Complex nose - coffee throughout - initially raisin, mace and astringent alcohol aroma with more of a burnt aroma coming out as it warms. Midnight black with large tan head. Initially has a creamy, very smooth espresso and dark chocolate flavor - with more warming the alcohol and astringency comes out more but fades again as it approaches room temperature. A constantly changing flavor as you drink. A true work of art.
michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2006
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
I can put pure vanilla, coffee beans, and vodka in a blender too. Perfect example of whatís wrong with the world today. Oh you wanted a beer? Iím sorry, all we have is the sludge from the bottom of the cask. This beer reminds me of the high-lifted pickup trucks and Hummers that drive around the city. Bigger is not always better. The brewers are compensating for something.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 750 ml bottle: Poured into a tulip. Extremely black with a tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate and toasty malts and coffee. Wow taste is full and creamy choclate and the coffee hits you like a ton of bricks. Iíve never tasted anything like this before, maybe itís because itís my first full flavored Imperial Stout and I have to say, I didnít know if I was ready for it yet being a novice to craft beer, but this is something special to me, and the whole bottle is mine. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering. It does leave a bit of a bitter aftertaste. I will taste my second bottle a couple of years down the road and I get some knowledge be hind me and Iíll re-rate. But for now, this is wonderful.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This had an average head,but it was lacy and foamy.fairly long lasting.Color black.Aroma was average strength of coffee and chocolate.It tasted of a balance of alcohol ,coffee,and chocolate.Is it cheating if you add coffee??Anyway,it tasted pretty good,but I feel I was getting too drunk.This has the same alcohol content as a bottle of wine.It tasted like a good coffee drink.Like a black Russian??
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ominous brown head, huge cappuccino-like frothiness that settled into a thick ring of micro-bubbles around the glass. Absolutely pitch black, with maybe just a very slight reddish-amber color when held up to the light. Sweet, malty aroma with elements of molasses, caramel, coffee, cocoa, roasted grains, some slight nuttiness. Ridiculously huge, overwhelming flavors of dark roasted grains, malt, molasses, dark brown sugar, coffee, cocoa... some slight alcohol presence but not too much. The alcohol makes itself apparent after a few sips, in the form of a gentle warming of the throat and esophagus. Slick, smooth, silky texture, but not too sticky--a reasonably dry finish, where the heavy hops make themselves apparent. Pretty amazing. Certainly the best of the style that Iíve ever had, and probably one of the hugest beers... ever.
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
and yet another one from odeeds tasting party. thick head, with no such a poignant smell as the BA speedway.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black pour under a creamy brown durable head with nice lace. Aroma in layers with coffee that explodes out of the glass during the pour leading the parade. Some dark fruits, earthy wood notes, roasted barley, and a little alcohol follow close behind. Creamy smooth and rich with a big full body and some chewiness. A multitude of flavors is not surprising given the aroma. Sweet roasted grains, coffee, bitter chocolate, and some sweet dark fruit all come through. Balance is provided by lightly astringent bitter citrus and spicy hops, finishing long and dry. Alcohol is never really apparent in the flavor, but is certainly evident in its effect. Great brew with a well deserved reputation. Now all I need to to do is get my hands on the BA version.
IrishBoy (3883) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of Odeeds at beer tasting 8/27/06; tasted alongside BA Speedway; Nose of bittersweet chocolate with coffee; different than the BA; opaque brown with a small tan head; flavor had a tingly initail bite then the coffee and chocolate set in; thicker palate than the BA Speedway.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily black with a thick tan head. Obvious coffee notes, some wine like notes, and noticeable alcohol in the nose. Mocah, earthy bitterness, warming alcohol but not enough to make you think itís 12%. Creamy mouthfeel. Fanfreakingtastic.