awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 From Bottle, 2003 Vintage. Dark black motor oil pour with a deep brown head of chocolatey char that quickly diminishes to a cedar bark ring around my snifter. As I pour into my glass, my nose is greeted by a surprising whiff of red grapefruit. Beautiful ebony color with only a faint suggestion of ruby read tones. As I plunge my nose into the glass, Iím greeted by a heavenly aroma parade. Rich, succulent prunes dipped in fine Belgian chocolate and neatly garnished with a fleck of roasted Partagas whole leaf cigar wrapper. Greasy, oily dimension that reminds me of hickory smoked venison tenderloin rubbed generously with a soy sauce marinade. Finally, some other lighter, fruitier qualities timidly expose themselves. Over-ripe thimbleberries, a touch of vanilla bean, and a bedtime glass of past timeís chocolate milk... And now Iím ready to take my first sip. Wonderful, silky smooth mouthfeel is heavily laden with chocolate truffles stuffed with dark chocolate syrup, sticky english toffee, and oily french roasted whole bean coffee. The flavors cling to every square inch of my tongue, forcing me to appreciate the way this brew marvelously bridges the gap between the sticky sweet candied fruit at the beginning to the dry dark chocolatey malts Iím experiencing now. Finally, a pleasant ruby red grapefruit hoppy finish, the conclusion and verification of my olfactory reaction upon initially opening the bottle, is realized. This is one amazing beer. Thanks, Tom!
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great! Pours a brown-black with very minimal brown head. Port in the nose, so you know without a doubt itís a strong Imperial. Full, oily mouthfeel. Roasted malts and port on the tongue. A little too sweet, and perhaps not enough of a variation in flavor profile from start to finish for this to be my favorite - but itís definititely a keeper.
Slighlty better cold than warm, which seems unusual for a stout.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a liquid night - darker than dark. A nice thick tan head that never seemed to go away. Aroma is chock full roasted malt and chocolate. A hint of fruits. This is what all other stouts should want to be when they grow up! This is really a stout & a half.
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 When this beer was poured I could not believe how dark it was. I nick named this beer Motor Oil. I must admit that I am not worhty of this beverage. I split this bottle with a friend and I pity those who attempt to take it on themselves. Flavors of coffee and some fruits rushed my palate. I fell asleep immediately after consumption.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Pours a dark, dark pitch black (no light was getting through this darkness) with an average creamy dark tan lacing head that sustained. Looks wonderful. The aroma is great with some sweet roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, cherry, dark fruits, Flavor was coffee, chocolate, apple, roasted malts, and a good amount of bittering hops at the tail. Thick, rich and creamy. Alcohol well hidden as you drink it, does start to warm you up quickly though. Glad I picked up a case of this. Will be very interesting to see how it changes and blends with age.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick thick thick. Black too. I love the deep thick coffee-ish-ness of this. Very strong with the alcohol. I didnít really notice it in the taste, but you could tell while and after drinking this. Amazing stuff.
chicagobears (446) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Poured like tar into a snifter. Really thick, dense black, tan on the outer rim, no head. Iím following this up after an Old Rasputin. The aroma is coffee and mildly toxic. The taste is more substance than liquid. Not sure how they fit this all into one bottle. A charred bitterness, dark chocolate, oily, and really robust. I find this to be more of a sensory overload than a craft beer. Iím suprised to find the Bellís Kalamazoo had more defintion to its flavor. Still really enjoying the hell out of it. This puts the Stout in Stout!
Second tasting. Poured from a foot above glass. I made a mess. The beer rose and exploded, which was good. Wanted to make sure this wasnít motor oil. The taste was of soy, bitter maple, chocolate, and coffee. Overly sweet and bitter. Bigger the better? Not for me. Iíll see what these do with some aging.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
canít get enough of this one! full, rich flavor, one of the finer stouts available in michigan if not anywhere
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 bottle. all ive got to say is mmmm. ive taken one sip. yummy. dark chocolate, raisins, coffee, roasty malt, alcohol, and a bit of hop bitterness make this one delicous taste on the palate. very thick and rich, but not overly so. intense and over the top, but i love it. Want to get some more bottles of this stuff and age them. Had this one bottle, and felt compelled to drink it as it began to snow here in Massachusetts. BIg Thanks to captaincougar for this freebie!
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this paired with FFF Dark Lord in a tasting with Crosling. (PROPS TO CROSLING!!!!) Talk about sensory overload!
Vigorous pour into a tulip glass produces a black opaque body under a decent light brown reverse-cascading head.
Smell of dark chocolate covered raisins, prunes, malty malt on malted malt.
Taste of intense sweet malt, chocolate malt, raisins, figs, charred apples(?), espresso, rye bread and pepper. Ridiculously intense.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich, like a melted chocolate malt.
Very drinkable for 11.5%. Wowow. Dangerous.
Overall, this is the most incredible beer for the money Iíve ever had: at $2.50 for a 12-ounce bottle (= 20.83 cents per ounce), it is nearly as good as Dark Lord, which is $15 for 22 ounces (=68.2 cents per ounce).
So . . . for those 364 days a year when you canít lay your hands on a Dark Lord, this is a great and very affordable next best.