HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Well this did not disappoint. Pours almost black with a nice brown head that dissipates slowly. Very strong aromas of coffe and malts and a hint of toffee. Flavor is sweet, with tones of roasted malts and caramel. Very thick body, very sweet finish, I could not really notice the alcohol. In fact this is very similar to the DFH WW Stout. Excellent.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 12 oz bottle (bottled Jan. 2006, Bach 1 – Alcohol 15.1% by Volume): gigantic frothy light chocolate head, that eventually bubbles into a thin, rocky film. Dark, blackish red body; opaque. Fairly wicked, hot-alcohol aroma mixed well with dark, juicy black cherries, rich chocolate, and a fairly strong hop bitterness. Tar, currants, burnt raisins and oak take a back seat, but show through as it warms. Overly sweet, mushy cherries and plums…the sugar is left all over the lips, tongue and sides of the mouth. Palate is a creamy, but surprisingly thin and the rich chocolate and hop bitterness is quickly lost in the sweetness. Pretty tasty, but the residual and lasting sweetness is a bit much…nice job hiding the alcohol though…
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 12 oz bottle, bottled on Jan 2006. Pours an opaque black with brown highlights with a creamy dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin film.
The aroma is musty, sweet, slightly sour fruitiness and vinous alcohol.
The flavor is a big burst of extremely sweet candy-like sugar that dominates. There’s some slight sharp alcohol (but it is rather well hidden by all the sweetness), and also some dark fruits. A little roasted bitterness tries to pop its head out at the end, but is quickly smothered by sugars. As it warms, more alcohol and anise comes out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall, this definitely didn’t live up to the hype. It’s drinkable but way too out of balance with all the sugary sweetness. Way too much for me.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in Jan. 2006. Batch number one.
Poured out a deep, dark, chocolate brown, with a huge mocha colored head. Aromas are of rum soaked, chocolate covered cherries right off the bat. Espresso coffee, toffee, slightly sour malty flavors. Thick body, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Strange fruity aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but burns your gut when swallowed. A very good RIS, IMHO.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bolle, dated Jan 06, Batch 1. Thanks to The_Epeeist! Black with a nice brown head that never goes away. Nose is pungent, complex - fruity, with prune, black cherry, chocolate, grape - almost cordial in nature, with a pleasant sweet roastiness. The flavor is very bold - sweet black cherry, light prune, chocolate liqueur. Definate alcohol warmth in the gullet. Body is thick, oily. It will be interesting to see how this matures.
BrewNgenes (1) - Brentwood, California, USA - MAY 10, 2006 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled this at room temperature. Pours an inviting black, with a generous head for the alcohol content. The nose offers overpowering alcohols that mask an undercurrent of candied fruits. The full bodied palate displays the flavors in a Disney-like parade, one-by-one: dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, soy, and alcohol. All wrapped-up in palate fatiguing sugary coating that just won’t finish. Despite my misgivings about this beer in it’s current state, it is obviously clean and well made. Based on my experience with Barley Wines, this beer has huge potential in a year or two as the sugars mellow and the flavors begin to integrate.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, thick, opaque black colour with a nice tall head. The aroma on this was so inviting I ended up with foam on the tip of my nose! Lost and lots of dark fruits with a hint of alcohol. At 15%, I certianly wont dock points for it. This is very thick and sticky with a ton of sweetness. Dark sweet fruits just explode in my mouth, there’s some chocolate in there, and maybe a bit of brown sugar. This was fantastic, and caused me to pull out a year old bottle of expedition to compare. I prefered the more roasted flavour of the expedition, and would only suggest that this gets its sweetness balanced out with some of those dark roasted flavours.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled Jan ’06, Batch 1. Pours jet black with a thick light brown head. Strong red wine, dark fruits, roastiness and alcohol in the nose, intense. Whoa, very sweet and massive tasting. Flavor is heavy on the side of robust red wine and dark roasted chocolate followed by notes of plum, raisin, rum, dark cherries, molasses/brown sugar and roasted malt. Can’t figure out which hops were used in this. Very syrupy with a warming alcohol finish. Very full, round and lush on the palate with subtle carbonation; this one’s a sipper. Overall, a well-crafted, complex brew - just too much on the sweet side for me.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, batch #1. Enjoyed with friends at John’s homebrewed stout unveiling. Deep, dark pour. Mahogany in color if you hold it up to the light, but it’s very opaque. The aroma is deep and complex, though not as strong as I imagined. Caramels, charcoal, roasted malts, dark fruits (dates & figs), port like alcohol, and very light, but sharp hop hints. The first taste gives you a big surprise! A real explosion of flavors. Most definitely a dessert beverage. Plums, dates, chocolate covered cherries, caramel, hard candy, very well hidden alcohol and barely noticeable hops that do nothing to balance this malt monster. Wow. Creamy, slick, full body. This is going to age well. Jen took her taste to the kitchen and put a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in it. The resulting beer float was rather enjoyable, though I preferred mine untainted.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very warming stout, palate is very good and it’s as adark as night , It’s a damn good deep dark BIG stout!!