stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Pours dark with a decent size tan head, aroma of roasted and chocolate malts, alcohol, and hops. The flavor is sweet, coffee-like, hoppy, very thick, with a bitter finish, beautiful brew.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Bottle. This is a good one! It pours opaque with a solid dark tan/brown head. It has a wonderful aroma making me want to climb into my pint glass. It is big and bold and full of complex flavors as should be for the style.There is a slight initial malt sweetness that soon dissolves into a beautiful dryness that lingers through the finish. It is surprisingly drinkable for such a huge beer( a session RIS?). It falls short only to the very elite Imperial Stouts(top 3 or so, I consider this a top 5 or so). If you like this, then try their Batch 7000 as it is the next step from this. Well done!
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow. this beer is massive. pours like syurp. extremely thick extremely dark black beer with almost no head. with a bit of work you can stir up a dark brown head. aroma of sweet soy sauce coffee alcohol anise and hops. bittersweet coffee anise and alcohol dominate the flavors. slightly salty. great body. full and very thick. this beer just coats your mouth. minimal carbonation. finish lasts for days.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Holy Crap! My first 5.0, and thatís saying something because Iíve not been partial to monster brews in the past. I can say very little that hasnít been already said about this one. I was amazed at how smooth this one was considering its abv. Normally much over 8% and I start to wrinkle my nose. This one was a complete beergasm.
whateveralesme (22) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. bottle. Blacker than a black hole. Thicker than shit. Itís like drinking a meal, a very fine meal. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and overall tastiness. Canít taste the alcohol at all. Incredible.
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. Pours black with no head. flavor of dark roasted malts, some hops. dark roasted coffee, some chocolate. great sipping beer.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours an almost black, exceptionally deep mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy dark tan foam that dies gently and leaves walls of spotty lace about the glass. Hot at 11.5%abv, but thatís OK, a new wall is built with each sip.
An acidic, dark malt greets you in the nose; followed by some sweeter notes of rich chocolate and a hint of burnt coffee as well as some spruce-like hoppiness. Itís restrained, exceptionally fine-bubbled carbonation and light-medium body leaves it silky smooth across the palate. The flavor is bold without being overdone. Dark malt acidity greets you upfront (itís definitely not acetic or lactic, but it is somewhat tart), followed by some mild notes of bittersweet chocolate, and then some sweeter notes of creamy caramel. Restrained, but distinctly spruce-like hops appear immediately at the swallow; and help to usher in its dry and lingering earthy finish. Itís quite enjoyable once it warms a bit and lends more breadth to its character. Certainly worth trying.
Lowe1983 (1461) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a black color with a very thin dark brown head. A very thick brew. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee malts with a hint of alcohol. Starts sweet but finishes with bitterness and alcohol warming. Itís hard for me to choose between this or the batch 7000, both are very delicious.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Special thanks to Immy for sharing this 12oz bottle. Poured a thick pitch black with a slight brown head that had fantastic lacing. Aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate, with a hint of raisins. Flavor was a smooth coffee with chocolate and a nice alcohol finish. A completely wonderful beer.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle - Pours pitch black with a barely noticeable head. The aroma of roast malt and coffee is remarkably strong. This is a very thick, very malty, syrupy brew with obvious coffee notes and a hint of chocolate. It coats the mouth and the intense flavors linger for a long time. This beer is excellent, though I would certainly only feel like having one on a given night.