chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Just wow. Perhaps the best stout Iíve ever had. Marvelous deep roasted slightly licoricey nose. The creamiest full bodied mouthfeel ever, as if ice cream were melted into it. Flavor profile starts with nutty roastyness followed by coffee, followed by molassas and finishing up with smoke. This beer has it all! Must get again.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, malt, molasses, slight coffee. Taste is malty, rich chocloate, caramel, and bitter hops. Nice full feel without being overly sticky or syrupy. Nice bitter hops finish balanced with sweet rasted malt and chocolate. Excellent.
chimney (9) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured a thick black syrup like consistancy with almost no, but dark roasted brown for what there was, head. after giving the glass a slight tilt it clung to the glass like syrup but looked like a dark brown coffee. the aroma was strong of molasses with a nice roasted mild coffee scent. the flavor started with a heavy sweet molasses flavor and finished longly with a moderate to heavy sweet coffee flavor. as for the palate, it was a wonderful full body with a syrup like texture and almost no carbonation, but did lighten up when pressed against the back of the mouth with the tounge. the flavor started awsome and only got better as it slowly warmed up while being sipped out of a brandy snifter. over all it was an awsome beer at a wonderful price, though a little scarry to buy by the six pack, and i will have to get it again.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wow. Pours like molasses with barely a dark tan head-I was actually a little scared. Aroma is malt, chocolate, espresso and caramel. This is an incredible beer. Super complex flavor that lingers and gracefully exits. I taste chocolate, espresso, molasses, caramel, malt..........this is such a smooth stout....I only sense a bit of the alcohol toward the end as Iím left with a satisfying warmth. Amazing.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally opaque beer, aroma of vinegar and soy sauce. Very nice palate. Surprisingly sweet flavour for such a hoppy beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color brown head, beautiful lacing. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and sweet hops. Sweet flavor, some fruit, caramel, and light bittering. Thanks to Numenor for his trading to get this to Richmond
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Thanks to CaptainCougar for sending this amazing brew in our latest trade.; Perfectly black body, with a thin dark brown head. Great aroma, nice toffee, roasted nuts, chocolate. Syrup like body, coffee, caramel and other dark fruits such as black cherry. Nice ending, thick and complex.
undsioux7 (870) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 Pours blacker then the night with a small brown/grey head that disapears quickly. Lots of hop smell with roasted chocolate. Smooth and syrupy feel on the palette. Taste is coffee, caramel & much more. Finishes very sweet with burn. Too sweet for my tastes, but great complexity.
Re-rate. About the same as before, but less coffe taste, orange bittersweet chocolate.
reedcd2 (47) - USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I mean, thereís not much to say that hasnít been said about this beer. Absolutely delicious. This was the 4th stout courtesy of Zeswaft and it was awesome. Couldnít stop smelling it the whole time I was drinking it. tons of flavor - gotta try it to believe it. Best beer I have ever had yet.
beastiefan2k (3204) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2015 Bottle thanks to OhioDad. This is as black as it gets. Pours with no head just a bit of brown lacing. The smell is very hoppy, some roastiness in the background. Overall the hops over shadow the rest of the smell. The taste is extremely sweet, again hoppy. Very light body for such a beer. Extremely sweet, the sweet RIS I have ever tried. good bitterness at the end. Alcohol burn felt in throat as well.8/4/9/3/16
8, 6, 9 re-rate time, get low, get low ྫ/30/07). I always thought I overdid it on my first rating and I always remembered it as a bit too think hoppy stout and I always wanted to revisits. Which I did in a blind tasting recently, and if I remember correctly it did not score well (but really none of them did). This is batch 7740, which seems to be about a year old right now. It pours black hole black with a small brown head, so far just like it was originally. Aroma is super strong, it is very strong on grassy, piney, green leaf hops which are nose itching. Beneath that is pretty strong molasses and oily sticky syrup. Just from the aroma I can see why this is so highly rates, it is so not subtle. For me the taste is just super dominated by hops, which is cool but just not my bag of tricks. The really cool thing about this beer is the mouthfeel, definitely not like the previous time I had this. Itís super viscous and thick, feels like my mouth is covered with film. Long bitter aftertaste.8/4/7/5/16.
Lets try it again. Batch, 8728 bottled on September 16, 2008, so itís about 6 months old. Pretty similar except the hops are a lot more West Coast aggressive with citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Very bitter on the nose. Otherwise its pretty similar to my previous rating. Rating stays the same.
Bottle gifted from Indra, thanks Eric. Batch 6672, so almost 5 years old. It is headless at this point. The hops have died down. Basically, a chocolate watery drink. Alcohol is still present throughout. Would not give this 5 years at all without knowing what it is fresh. The age, alcohol, and light roast make it come off as light licorice and anise.
Beer #6 of 13 in blind tasting.
1.5 year old bottle. Thick pour with a head (heads were not common in the tasting). Head quickly fades. Came off as industrial, astringently bitter, acrid black malt-centric. Just astringent and strong. In hindsight, despite my relatively high ratings, I never really enjoyed this beer. I am happy to be more secure in rating it lower. 6/3/6/3/12.
In the aggregate, it fell slightly below average.
Final score is aggregate across ratings.