axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep black with a cherry/chestnut foam measuring about two fingers high. (You know, they call them fingers but Iíve never actually seen them fing.) The aroma reminded me a bit of a dry merlot after eating a Hershey bar. The flavor was so huge, that the small sip I started off with felt like it was to big to fit in my mouth. Sweet Sherry and chocolate covered cherries dominate the flavor with a slight alcohol feel in the finish but barely any alcohol flavor. Almost too sweet.
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Batch 1. Alright. Iím redoing this rating because I had this scored way high. It is a good beer. Itís not complex. Itís big, itís bold, itís kinda chocolaty and roasty, little hop bitterness in there. The alcohol kick, I think works well with the other flavors. Itís strong beer and you can tell. Itís certainly a sipper. Itís a well made beer though, being what it is. I like it, not as much as I thought when I first tasted it.
At 2 years I think Batch 1 has held up well. Itís very strong, but the alcohol isnít hot or all that unpleasant. There is a flavor going on here that Iíve never found in any other beer, and I like it quite a bit.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
batch 1, a beer couldnt look better to me being poured into the glass, a deep dark brown, totally opaque, with a thick chocolate colored head that left lacing for about a 1/4 inch down the sides of the glass as it receded. chocolate, burnt malts, raisin and anise make up a very sweet and light aroma, nothing in it is overpowering, just gently blended together. a gentle warming remindsyou of the abv, but there is no hint of it in the flavors. the body isnt as thick and viscous as some other ISís, but the aftertaste is sublimely sweet, with the espresso coming on early followed by a sweet milk chocolatey flavor that lingers in your mouth. this beer has as much going on in terms of flavors as any i can think of...chocolate, burnt malts, toffee, licorice, vanilla, and a hint of the cherries, along with a bit of a merlot flavor towards the back end before the espresso kicks in. this is definitely the kind of beer i will love to pour into a snifter and just sit back and relax with..even with only 12 ounces at a time, there may be more beer here than i can handle at one time as it so robust and full that more than a small sip at a time is too much. many cheers to avery for constructing this wonderous brew.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big olí thanks to Degarth for this bad boy. Pours a viscous dark black with poofy walnut-colored head. Aroma is malty, sweet, slightly vinous, toffee, smoky toasted grain & luscious alcohol. Big intense flavor burst matches the aroma almost exactly, save for the addition of a fair does of dark-roast bitterness. Big thick slightly oily palate. The second-best impy stout Iíve had, one tiny step behind DFH World-Wide. Hubba hubba.
egajdzis (5431) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized tan head that quickly diminished, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Intense aroma, chocolate, roasted malts, very vinous, smoke, dark fruits, cherries, nuts, and rum-soaked raisins. Incredible aroma. Taste is tons of sweet chocolate and espresso, roasted malts, light sour cherries, faint vanilla, some nuts, and a sharp alcohol finish.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. sadly, tasted at the end of the night, so my notes are not terribly descriptive. aroma: coffee beans, alcohol, rum, roast. thick, creamy body. flavor is intense malt and huge alcohol presence. huge. too huge. itís not as overwhelmingly boozy as the first two demon beers (beast, samael), but it feels far more alcoholic than a 19% world wide stout.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very dark brown (close to opaque) with a ruby edge and small tan head. A swirl of the glass leaves tan legs up the wall. Big sweet roasty aroma. Dark chocolate, licorice, grape (more like candy grape than the fruit) and a touch of smoke (smokehouse almond smoke). Some alcohol in the nose. Flavor is sweet and roasty. Caramel, roasted malt and candy. All are well balanced. Sweet finish mixed a moderate bitterness. Very warming in a medium to full body. Seems like it is going to be very sweet from the beers start but doesnít get that way. Doesnít finish dry either. Just a good balance. While this is full of flavor and very warming it drinks well. A full bottle equals a good night.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So it made itís way too Tampa, the much talked about and sought after Mephistopheles, will it live up to the hype? It poured a deep dark black with nice tan head. First sip, wow, itís extremely sweet, then a big dark chocolate flavor hit me. The more the beer warmed it seemed to get sweeter and sweeter but with the big dose of 15.1% with it, so this beer to me the alcohol was in there and big but it was a sweet alcohol that went down very smooth, you just have to drink it slow. Mostly dark chocolate but with slight coffee and fruitís and the big sugar sweetness, it stays very creamy and smooth the whole time. The alcohol took this beer over a little too much, but it was good tasting, it just drowns out the other flavors for me at least, still very good tasting. This beer is not for the weak.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of degarth. Chose this one in honor of my sonís 2nd birthday. Thought Iíd try a nice beer to celebrate. Wasnít what I was expecting. Hot w/ alcohol. Too much raisins/fruit and alcohol and too little chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and other typical imp stout flavors. Overrated IMHO. The boy is in the 100th percentile, but Iíím not so sure about the beer.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle labeled bottled on Jan 2006, Batch 1. Poured a dark, dark, black color with an averaged sized than head. Aromas of strong chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, anise, and molasses. Tastes of chocolate, licorice, coffee, anise, and some caramel. Stronger alcohol kick in the finish (but I wouldnít have guessed it was over 15%). On the sweeter side.