BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely black with a tan head. Rich vinous aroma with hints of vanilla, and coffee. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, plums, with a spicy hop bitterness. Light alcohol burn, and sweet but not cloying. Silky texture. Overall, very nice beer, thanks Santa.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Bottle. Pours a deep dark solid black with a large foamy dark tan lacing head that sustained. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, fresh hops, light citrus and dark chocolate. Flavor of creamy cappucino, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, caramel/toffee. Nice hop bitterness balanced greatly with lots of roasty sweet malt. Alcohol very well hidden. This was a fresh bottle and tasted amazing!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep dark brown - black color with half an inch of dark brown foam. Good lacing throughout the glass. Strong aroma that reminds me of kahlua, but not quite as sweet.
Very strong roasted grain, toffee, vanilla bean, and oily espresso flavors. Strong bitter finish - bitter from the roast, the coffee, and from a mildly minty hopping. Full bodied, silky smooth, gently carbonated, great coffee and alcohol aftertaste.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 I had great expectaions for this one, which, as usual, made it difficult for the beer itself to live up to its reputation. Instead of repeating all the same adjectives that obviously describe this rather expensive beer ($18 per 750ml bottle), I’ll give som overall impressions. It is extremely refreshing, which is weird for a beer this big. The bitterness is a little too much, especially on the finish. "Coffee-oriented" stouts tend to up the bitterness too much for my taste. Overall though. the flavor is really nice. The aroma was a bit weak. Although this is a great stout, it doesn’t match the perfection of DFH WWS at all.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, with thick tan head. The aroma is clearly cocoa, almost like a glass of chocolate milk. Sweet and heavy, with a heavy chocolate taste. Not too much bitterness. The alcohol was not evident until into the second glass.
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Engelsman. Black-black - brown head. Just the small while pouring is fantastic - a lot of Cocoa. Aroma: Chokolate, cocoa, hoppy, light licorice. Taste: Coffee, grounded coffee, cold coffee, burned, chokolate. Very smooth - This is love at first smell !!
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle .. jet black pour, small dark beige head ,decent lace. outstanding aroma of coffee and a bit of liquorice. flavors of coffee , dark chocolate and dark roasted malts . very smooth ,alcohol is apparent but not overpowering . low carbonation and just overall an excellent beer.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic beer. Unfortunately I had this after I went to the Stone Brewery and had their 2004 RIS on tap. While the 2006 version of the RIS was still green, the 2004 blew me away. Actually, just like the Speedway Stout of 2006, it was smooth toasted caramel and chocolate with an incredible finish. Both were fantastic beers.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ink black pour with nice head and lace. Coffee notes in aroma and flavor. Very well rounded beer that hides the 12% ABV very well.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 200th rating. Thanks Immy! beautiful THICK black body with a lovely dark brown head that leaves decent lacing. fantastic aroma dominated by creamy smooth milk chocolate with nice coffee undertones and a hint of smoke. AleSmith needs to team up with glade. i could just sit around and smell this stuff all day. great balanced bittersweet coffee milk chocolate flavor with some sour and acidic notes. dry bitter coffee finish slightly salty. THICK rich creamy body. fantastic beer. again Huge thanks to Immy for sending this fantastic beer.