harrisoni (16931) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Kookfest 2006. Black beer, dark beige head. Impy stout aroma, hops rather cover the dark malts. Very good in mouth, intensity is good. Very oily feel. Maybe the hop over dominates the stout. Good length, but is it complex? Hop is a bit harsh. Shame as I have been looking forward to trying this for ages and when I saw it in Chris_o’s fridge I could hardly contain my excitement, and then when Duff took it out....... but I was disappointed by the overly strong hop and wanted more complexity in mouth and on the finish
lostcoat (3) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one the best beers I have every had. i am sure you can read all the other users ratings. However, I have one suggestion, try drinking it out of a good size coffee mug, it helped bring out the aroma.
gueuzefarts (6) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dirtiest head on a beer i’d ever seen. I was surprised that there wasn’t much nose on this, but the intense taste made up for it. Also surprised that the lack of alcohol taste for a +10 % brew. Delicious.
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 My roommate once described this as the drink that Christ will serve as a coronation into the next life. Pours like motor oil, in this instance "black gold" is more fitting, with a carefully tanned marshmallow head. Aroma of Sumatran peaberry coffee, port, bonfire, and dark fruits/fruits thrown in the bonfire; the aroma is such an attack that flavor greets the tongue before the liquid does. Flavor of more port, raisins, dark chocolate, coffee cake, bourbon, and maple. Coats the mouth with thick, syrupy remnants of indescribably vast flavors and feelings, turning whatever it touches to gold.
Updated. Aroma rich as ever. A very young bottle exhibits a lot of char and tar taste, slightly acrid like the end of a poor cigar. Somewhat minty. Palate carries a bit of a bite. Patience works wonders for this one. Have fortititude! and resist the calling for at least a year.
Batch 7740, aged about one year. Reserved and thick aroma of fig, passion fruit, molasses, bourbon and vegetal steam; roasty and full, with hints of toasted coconut and bourbon licks of eggnog and vanilla. Bombastic flavor is slightly dry and ridden with plastic right away, but as the chewy elixir coats the mouth, the ashen buildup around the core easily melts away; tastes of deep roasted coffee and dark mexican chocolate, still retaining that savory meatiness of sumatran peaberry that it brings even when young. Honey, maple, and bourbon in a lighthearted sweetness in the midpalate. Full palate is softly carbonated; smooth and somehow sprightly. Apple skin, pear, raisin, and molasses toward a very rich finish that pulses with charred molten chocolate cake. Beautifully aged, having slidden into that perfect middle where it can command reflection or accompany it with equal ease.
A 2002 rendition. Oily as ever, black, uncarbonated. Aroma of burnt cherries, bitter cocoa and wildflower honey; ru
sabbac (3) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, black, hints of chocolate. no light goes through it, head is dark brown. goes down smooth with a nice finish that lingers with the hints of chocolate and carmel.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Chris_o Gathering06): Pitch black, no light at all through it. Dark brown head. Sweet liquorice, chocolate and caramel. Suprisingly roast and big long hoppy citric finish. Tasty stuff.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
100th Rating!!! This monster pours ultra opaque black. The head is very thin and foamy, brown in color. Immediately, the aroma reminded me of eating Riesen candy , and was a plethora of chocolate, raisins and dark fruit, coffee, and soy sauce. Flavor was strong on the raisin and chocolate with a slightly bitter smoky soy finish. Very solid.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 12 oz bottle obtained from Beerswap 2.0. (thanks tjthresh!)Pours a used motor oil thick opaque black with a small tan head. powerful aroma of roasted chocolate, espresso, and anice. Wow this is good. A myriad of flavors, but mostly espresso, vanilla, chocolate, raisins and licorice. Full bodied. Oily bittersweet roasted malt finish with just enough hops to keep it balanced. mmm chewy yummy good. 11.5%? Wow, alcohol is well-hidden. My new favorite.
rerate on 3/4/2007-Batch 7205-ok this is the closest thing to perfection i have had yet. Chocolate/espresso cheesecake in a beer bottle.....old rating was 10/5/9/5/18=4.7..but batch 7205 is 10/5/10/5/19!!
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 well, here is a beer that has all the right components and is really pretty bad.
Some beers have a weak flavor and aroma, but are great to drink. This one is the opposite. Great aroma, bold flavor, excelent palate, totally unenjoyable.
It tastes like medicine
GonZoBeeR (3051) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance:oily black,small head...
Flavor:strong rosted malt,fudge,chocolate,coffe....