pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - My 500th Rating!!!: Jet black with a brown head. Tangy sweet aroma of dried plums, cough syrup and coffee. The taste is entirely sweet, like cherry infused prune juice. Chocolate is also noticeable, but not the double espresso finish. I am amazed at how fruity this tastes. You canít taste the high alcohol %, but you can definitely feel it. This stout makes a great winter evening dessert drink along side some fine cognac. This wonderful beverage is not meant to be slammed like some cheap macro, it is best enjoyed taking your time. I wish I had a Cuban cigar to go along with it. Thanks Secret Santa.
BuckeyeBoy (5847) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz Bottle Pours out a black topped with a small tan head. Aroma of sweetness and tast as well. I didnít pick up the 15.1% at all. Very good. Thanks Pinkzambia for this. WOW nice
jrob21 (3405) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reminds me of port wine. Aromas of raisins , plums, and not to steal everyone elses description but Iím totally getting soy sauce as well. The taste is overpowering on the alcohol. A sipping beer for sure. The sugary sweetness is left after the alcohol and none of the great aromas come through. Itís going to take me a while to drink this puppy.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating 500. Someone better tell me congrats in the forums, or else Iíll be pissed. 12oz, Bottled in JAN 2006, Batch 1. Pours an oily black with a 1/2 finger dark brown head. Aroma of grapes and juicy raisins at the same time, a little soy, red wine, dark chocolate, nondescript wood and earthiness, ETOH, light roasty malts and coffee, some brown sugar sweetness. Woo, complex. Flavor is much more sweet (brown sugar and molasses) than expected (the whole flavor, really)--almost like an English barleywine--with some soy and booze coming on fairly strong . Finish is boozy with earth and wood, fairly sweet. After the finish the roasty coffee bitterness shows up, though not terribly strong. This is very different from most of the impy stouts Iíve tried. I wondered why the roasty malts and coffee were so far in the background in the aroma, now I know. Full bodied, moderate carbonation for the style. Very good, just not what I was expecting.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2006 12 oz. bottle, Jan 06, Batch 1. Black as night, big brown head with good lace. Immense aroma of black dark roast coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit is immediately apparent, followed by a vinous undertone. Rich and thick, so much so that it can almost be chewed. Carbonation is so light that it is almost still, but this does not detract. Complex malty flavors combine for a sweet character that is kept in check by a bitterness that is attributable more to dark bitter malt that hops. Bittersweet finish is satisfying and lengthy. Alcohol was never really too noticeable until after I finished the glass. It was quite obvious at that point! This would be good to compare side to side with DFH WWS, Stone Imperial Russian, Alesmith Speedway, Great Divide Yeti, and Great Lakes Blackout. It certainly is in that class.
aracauna (3496) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a big beer done poorly. It starts off promising, being pitch black with a large, lasting brown head. The aroma is full of dates, raisins, brown sugar, anise and a touch of coffee and soy. All of that is present in the flavor, but itís nearly masked by an overwhelming sugary, cloying sweetness that ruins the beer for me. This is an example of when the alcohol becomes the goal and not the flavor. You either ruin the beer with cloying sweetness or overly hot alcohol.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2007 Bottle. Pours a thick, muddy black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is of molasses, rum, roasted malt, bourbon, burnt wood. full bodied is an understatement. Tastes extremely sweet, caramel, molasses, hints of chocolate and raisin. Warming but alcohol hidden fairly well for 15%. Very decent.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with FrumptyDumpty. Thanks Ryan! What an amazing beer. Pours pitch black with thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries,expresso and alcohol. It has a heavy body with a thick mouthfeel. Taste is sweet and of dark chocolate. Also has a mellow roasted coffee and malt flavor. Finishes quite nicely with a the alcohol leaving a warm presence in the back of the throat.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Black pour with a stocky brown head. Dense aroma of coffee, anise, and roasty malt. The flavor does not follow through. The sweet licorice overpowers the coffee and malt flavors. The fruitiness comes out in the back, but it only masks more of the malt and chocolate flavors. The alcohol is masked quite well, this just needs more balance.
gnoff (9552) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 First rating
Bottle 12 Fl oz
Dark brown to black color, brown head. Sweet strong and alcohol scent. Burnt and smoke, raissin and Madeira. Lots of high level alcohol. Thick mouthfeel. Extreme heavy raissin burnt sweet, Maderia alcohol, roasted taste, sooooo complex. Warming. Low bitterness. A bit burnt aftertaste.
Rerate, in a blind tasting
Bottle, 12 fl oz, thanks to Mats (not on Ratebeer)!
Sampled on December 17, 2010
Very dark red to black color, dark brown head. Sweet and alcohol scent. Thick, sweet, raissin and alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.