DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many thanks again to Pigfoot in Minneapolis for this stunning special release! Sampled in the sun with friends on new years’ day 2008.
Look: Menacing opaque with sediment in the bottle, like molasses or (from a rural perspective) like cow-shed effluent but not as green! Left a dense, viscous, thick oil around the glass (not unlike motor oil).
Aroma: Big sweetness upfront (malty molasses, prunes) followed by Marmite (yeast spread) - and a farm supply shop smell. Finished with citrus zing.
Taste: Surely the most polarising beer I’ve ever shared - "this is not like beer!" a friend exclaimed. We tasted tar (like licking a road), burnt coffee and toffee, molasses and treacle, an acidic bitterness combined with a sour edge that lingered for ever and ever. As we sipped the alcohol became apparent prompting guesses at it’s strength from 7.5 to 8.5% ABV.
Body: A curious shift from fizziness to reveal a thick, tarry licorice body with warming alcohol.
Food: We guessed strong cheeses, salted pistachios, bier-stick or jerky, or even darrrrrk chocolate.
Overall: An astounding beer - a barley wine we wondered? Certainly a oncer for fireside end-of-night deep and meaningfuls.
JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
06/13/09 Havenít had this beer since it came out. I thought it was great then and it tastes even better now. Thick nut brown head, rich dark chocolate molasses flavor. One of my favorites.
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a perfect black liquid with a two finger dark tan head. Loads of lacing down the glass.
Rich dark chocolate aroma with creamy coffee. An expected alcohol spicyness as this beer is 12%. Thereís a roasted nuts smell in the back.
This beer explodes as soon as it hits the tongue. Itís unbelievably rich. I really love this style. Milky coffee taste that turns into a nice coffee flavor. Spicy alcohol and the same nutty taste fill out the taste.
Finishes dry with a warming sensation from the amply amounts of alcohol.
This is a wonderful beer. I wish I could get my hands on some more.
biermensch (64) - USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Christmas gift bottle from my son. The aroma hints at what is to follow, big malt overtones and caramel. Appearance is black - no red tints when held to the light - with a small, tan head that lingers for only a few minutes. First sips reveal a pronounced roast/burnt flavor, not unpleasant, followed by berry and molasses. Alcohol warming ikicks in after a few sips. Finish is long, back of the tongue, somewhat tart and bitter. I was expecting an amped version of Expedition, which I enjoy, but this stout stands (surpasses?) on its own merits. The only criticism I offer is that the recipe is to be brewed once.
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very oily, dark ruby red, brown color. Massive tan head, that lingers for quite some time. Aroma is of coffee, malts, raisin, and figs. First impression is very thick and oily on the tongue. Hard to pick out alot of flavors for me. Maybe a slight apple note. Slightly bitter hoppy note. Some bitter dark chocolate notes as well. Very nice and long in the finish. Finishes very, very long. Good beer. Bells does another great brew.
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head, dark black mocha tinge. Smell of dark flaky chocolate, cocoa, booZe, prunes and woodiness. Taste of cherry, roastiness, worstershire with minimal coffee. Mineral aftertaste with a salty nutty raisen bread character left in the mouth. Thanks Pepsican.
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Well, Imperials are my favorite, and this one is a damn fine example. Very dark with virtually no head at all. Slightly syrupy texture with a flavor of over-roasted coffee beans. Great Impy Stout!!!
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a bright vibrant stream of glowing dark brown from the bottle into my tulip that looks tremendously viscous. After a gentle pour, a swarm of tiny copper bubbles sluggishly climb up the sides of the glass through the midnight black beer to take part in the copper ball-bearing head. The head then fell to a thin film of dark tan and slowly made its way into a collar. A glance across the dimple in the bottom of the tulip shows only the faintest hints of port.
A gentle whiff detects maple syrup, prune, red licorice and brown sugar sweetness with a burnt coffee, ultra dark chocolate and a bit of anise riding on top. Thereís also an organic, dry, woody essence thatís hiding in the background holding back a sweet alcohol. A strong inhale through my nose amplifies this alcohol (too much?), but pulls with it a lot of dark fruit sweetness. Oddly, if I sniff slowly, the pleasant qualities are amplified. If I sniff deeply, I get my nose hairs singed by alcohol. My rating will have to stand as an average.
Tastes initially of sweet milk chocolate and some light and easy dark fruits. It then picks up a light electric sting around the edges of my tongue and then crashes down into a mesquite roasted coffee. Along the sides of my tongue, there are little effervescing pockets of charred caramel blended with oak and grapefruit that playfully dance there, and then fade away. Nice. The main coffee flavor here is really stupendous. I normally look down upon an over reliance on coffee flavors, but this one is really exciting for my palate. Thankfully, this coffee then rides out into the finish, accompanied by some sweet maple syrup and lingering cocoa with a spot of oaky dryness. Iím digginí this!
The mouth feel is phenomenally delicate and smooth, much like a silk lace that initially swarms with microscopic bubbles lending a pudding like feel, but then deflates, dropping off the dry coffee and a slight layer of creamy film. This change up is really impressive, appropriate for the style and does wonders for the dynamics of the flavor.
Damn! What a trip! Over all, the alcohol got a little hot in the nose and the over all intensity slowed me down quite a bit (a little over an hour to finish), but I loved this one.
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours blackish-brown with minimal head. nose is quite astringent and sharp. coffee, chocolate and cranberry notes in the aroma.
flavor is full-force, hops quite present. a lot better this (2nd) time around, than i remember from the first time i drank this.
alcohol is present, but not overly unpleasant.
kidwiththehair (45) - Girdwood, Alaska, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just when I was losing faith in this brewery they throw batch 7000 my way and I must say it was worth the 17 dollars I paid for a six. Very strong nutty aroma, nice opaque black pour with a dark tan head. Nice malty flavor. This is one serious beverage my friends. I almost like this better than founderís kentucky breakfast...almost.