shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is molasses, caramel, roast, chocolate, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Flavor is malty, caramel, molasses, coffee, roast, chocolate, and a slightly alcoholic finish.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, with a rather large, brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and some hops. Nice, but not quite in the upper tier of impy stouts.
SvendNielsen (11) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dejlig dejlig øl. Flot skum og farve. Elsker simpelhen denne smag og duft, meget frugt! Tak for en god øl.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 A tall, impressive chocolate head resting on a sinful black opaque body. Smells like my favorite beverage ; roast, bitter chocolate, inviting malty sweetness, floral, fruity and citric hops.Taste is roasted malty with coffe and chocolate, and has a broad variety of fruity tones. Some gentle but distinct bittering hops is there to balance. Fat body. A fantastic beer, thanks Yngwie.
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Yesper, JK, hellomynameis. The beer was opaque black with brownish head. It poured like motor oil. Mild hops, burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol were present in the aroma and flavor.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 5 bottle shared with Justin...4/12 in c-bad. Thanks a lot to the UGH----SMASH for sending this my way many months ago. This beer is just SICK!!!
This stout really blew me away, expectations surpassed by a longshot. At least a year on it as this was just retired. Just a picture perfect appearance, almost a joke how appetizing this looked - really should get a 6 - fat, fat, fat, sticky, coating the sides of the glass. Looked like a darker step child of a westy. Nose was a bucket full of mesmerizing milk chocolate, vanilla, & assorted nuts. Flavor showed bittersweet dark chocolate, a dash of oatmeal, and a HUGE and lengthy roasted character. The mouthfeel on this beer was silly big - as full bodied as you can possibly imagine...really unbelievable - this matches the big bodied appearance. Finish is longggg, bitter, dry, roasty, and flat out amazing. This beer manages to stay huge without becoming too much. One of the more enjoyable beers in recent memory - while it stays pretty straightforward in the big picture, what it does it does very very well ... damn!
hapjydeuce (978) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared generously by jarspag for the April 12 D-Metal in Carlsbad. Thanks brosef! This bad boy was a standout brew for sure. Really delicious. Pitch black color with an oily texture, with a massive dark brown head developing and frothy maroon lacing around the glass edges. Looks kill with this beer. Aroma is a fat black chocolate bomb with ground coffee bean, figs & currant with charred wood and heavy use of oats and black malts. Creamy vanilla coffee flavor with bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, grassy hops; all very well-rounded and balanced. Insanely smooth and chewy palate, creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic body with a warming alcohol finish.
Wanderer (33) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This is one amazing stout. Pours pitch black. Such a full bodied stout, lots of chocolate, slight licorice and plenty coffee. Almost like Avery Mephistopheles little brother.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a huge rich coffee, some alcohol, dark chocolate and brazil nuts, black, with a medium sized dark cappuccino head. Full roasted malt flavour, strong coffee, dark chocolate and a trace of liquorice. Full bodied, tongue tinglingly bitter. Superb! Thanks radiomgb!
Sammy (9665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks so much Maria. In a word, a cup of decent coffee. Above average mouthfeel, black as coffee. Its very good as long as you realize what it is trying to do. However I am not a coffee drinker, and prefer the other qualities of an RIS, but I am respecting that they accomplished what they intended. It is drinkable and smooth (for a coffee beer).