alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - NOV 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Thanks to Drewbeerme for 3 of these!!! Tar thickness and color in the pour with big lacing and no head at all. Aromas of Cherries, Bourbon, Coffee and chocalate. Palate was full of alcohol though, way to much interfering with a beautiful background of sweet malts, oak, vanilla, cherries and coffee. A nice sipping beer for the winter chill. Lots of oak lingering in the aftertaste.
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, black pour with a very slight tan head. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Strong alcohol content noticeable at the finish. Excellent.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice aroma, malty, coffee, moderate hops. Pours nice and dark, with a small light brown head. Taste is absolutely absurd. So good. Vinous, dark fruits, coffee, roasty, with a wonderful alcoholic finish. Very well balanced. Full Body. One of the greatest beers ever? I think so!
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, full dark pour, coating the glass with liquid perfection. Dense and creamy brownish head (although the high alcohol content kills this quickly). It’s short life is beautiful. Alcoholic nose and very peppery. Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and spicy alcohol. A beast, powerful and strong. I like this brew. A great offering from Bells!
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Bottle, thanks zeswaft. Dark dark dark. Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, hops... Really nice, not hugely complex, but awesome. Super dry, hops are amazing. Drink it warm, but not to warm, or you’ll get way too much of the alcohol. Marvelous. Rerate: this beer IS complex. Cherries all over the aroma, and really good chocolate. I’m bumping up my rating on flavor of this from 8 to 9 and palate from 4 to 5.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Pours a black, caramel color. Smells like chocolate, and a little bit of coffee. Tastes very sweet and chocolate and coffee, with a bitter mocha finish. Fantastic, warming beer. One of my favorites. Even better than non-oak-aged Dark Lord.
Blind tasting results, WTF was I thinking. Not nearly as good as Dark Lord, but still amazing.
Post Blind Tasting
Aroma is sweet and soy. Some molasses, chocolate, sweet.
Damn, this is better than DL.
Not nearly as viscous. More attenuated, subtle, well-crafted.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Slick, slightly bitter, no astringency, but some spiciness.
Hops are still present after a year of bottling.
Fuck, this is pretty damn near perfect.
I can’t think of a better crafted imperial stout. Taste-wise, there might be a few that are slightly better, but this beer is so consistently good that I have to give it a perfect score.
milewide (2010) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black and thick. Tons of roasted malt and chocolate flavor. I don’t catch much hops. A bit sweet for me.
dwyerpg (5498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells very strong, probably because it is. It’s like jet ink or darker in color. This is so thick it’s like a full meal; something for the fasting monks to chew on, if they had it back then. no. 64.
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty fricking outstanding, has this with ross. Thanks a bunch. Almost a year old, this stuff is awesome. Pours thick and black out of the bottle with a small but bubbly brown head. Aroma is very much coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate. The taste is what seals the deal on this one, a thick awesome nutty/roasted flavor with more coffee and chocolate and hops! Flavor is strong but well balanced and not overpowering one of those strong flavors you keep wanting more of. Man I really hope this stuff makes it down to North Carolina.
hindan02 (24) - macomb, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a dark almost black color with a nice foamy head almost like a latte thick and creamy the only thing that could ave made it better is if it had a better finish . ths would be great with a slab of ribs or a thick smokey burger