mkgrenwel (564) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This has to be the richest beer I have ever come across. It is huge and sweet, with just about nothing but coffee and chocolate all over. The sweetness is cut by the assertive bitterness in the back from both the coffee/roasted malt and the hops. I canít explicitly taste hops, but their presence is detectable. They leave the finish clean, balancing out a bit of the massive sweetness. Still, this beer might be a bit too sweet for me. More complexity would also be nice. There seems to be a huge amount of hops in here, but if they were to use even more, this would be my dream beer. As is, itís still world-class.
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 750ml bottle. Poured opaque black into a tulip with an ENORMOUS, indestructible brown head. <em>Ridiculous</em> lacing (blanketing?). Very nutty toasted malt nose with obvious coffee and some chocolate, lightly sweet. Huge bitter coffee kick at first taste. Lots of alcohol, though this fades after a few sips. A little nutty with dark fruits, some chocolate, molasses and spices. Acrid finish (not a strong point) with a pleasant lingering coffee aftertaste. Huge body in the mouth & rather lively. Some age might soften the harsher edges: currently there is just too much acrid coffee punch. While the flavor profile is stunningly complex, that top coffee note is domineering and overbalanced, making the beer overall much less pleasant to drink than it could be.
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big coffee nose. Dark with light brown head. Good lacing. Big coffee, toffee, malty flavor. Lingering, nice palate.
stoutchap (393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome! Absolutely Awesome! I wonít give it a perfect score because I donít believe Iíve tasted the perfect beer yet - but itís close. I was wondering what all the hype was about and then I was on a trip to San Diego and tried it - did I say awesome? Jet black with a tighte brown head - good lacing. Cofee, malt, and alcohol in the nose. A malty start, choco-coffee middle, with a little acidity and a nice warming port-like finish. Awesome!
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 750ml age for 2 years:
Pours black with a tan head. Has a very roasty, malty, coffee aroma to it. Flavor was very compex and extremely well balanced with notes of chocolate, coffee, malts, and fruit. The best imperial stout yet.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a flat black Aroma was huge with a unique blend of carmel roast malt and a peppery spice. There was something there that reminded me of paint fumes kind of strange .Flavor was huge with Roasty and chocolate madnesss. Finished Clean for such a rich brew c
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
not my goblet of brew. completely understand the appreciation for this one but iím not into the sweet, syrupy types of beer. if thereís little carbonation in a beer, i appreciate it not being as sweet. fricken a on the AC, though!
simbasa (13) - watsonville, California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
monstrous huge scary. this is a caffeine and beer lovers dream. itís too much for me. for the brave of heart only. taste and palate are outstanding for a stout. iím not really a stout man tho.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Pours black as night and thick as 60k mile motor oil w/ a full creamy froth w/ long hangtime. Froth slowly reduces to a finely spattered blanket. Aroma is actualy quite subdued. It doesnt give you the lightest hint of whats instore. Aroma is comprised of lightly roasted cocoa and heavy malt. Super full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Huge, roasted coffee flavors cloaked in molasses. Flavors are more refined for this genre. Roasted cocoa coffee and leather w/ moderate espresso. A defined touch of sweetness. A beautiful specimen indeed. Finish is bittered perfectly w/ a touch of velvet. Nicely balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. Decadent, as it should be. Finish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Whew!! Now THIS is a stout. This one blew the house up when I popped it open for sampling. Major notes of roasted coffee and roasted malts in the aroma. Pitch-black appearance, and I mean PITCH BLACK. No carbonation and no head at all. Mouthfeel was extremely full and hard to finish it all because itís so damn filling. Flavor explosions of malt, coffee and hops are incredibly well done. Overall, this is an outstanding stout that is well deserving of the attention it gets. I think that this is the The White Albulm of the stout world.