Nate (3556) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy fruity aroma. Stout milk chocolate and coffee, light smoky notes. Dark black with small tan head. Heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Starts fairly bitter with viscous sweet malts. Good warming. Sweet chocolate toffee hangs around. Really chocolate-y. Medium-large bitter finish and bitter after, nutty coffee.
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with a dark cherry head that was short lived. Disappeared completely after half a glass. Looked like used motor oil, but the aroma was undeniabley that of an imperial stout. Taste is complex laced with molasses, coffee, and smoke. Nice bitter aftertaste which makes you come back for more. Goes down real warm. Very rich. Highly recommended to Imperial Stout fans.
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Pour was definitely that of motor oil. Jet black with no head. The aroma was rich and complex. This was not a beer for pounding. I really picked a bad time to drink it. Itís an incredibly hot day outside and I already had a few in me. The flavor just wasnít what I was looking for. A sipping beer to be sure. Huge thanks to Robertsreality for providing me with 3 bottles. I will have to give this beer a better chance when I have more time to sit and enjoy it.8/3/4/5/14
RERATE: 2003 bottle consumed February 2007. Three years old. The top pops off silently... crap. Probably gonna be flat. Pour is solid black and oily. No head at all as a result of depleted carbonation. Aroma is a beautiful mix of chocolate, liquorish, and coffee roast. This is way beyond what I remember. Flavor is the a delicate mix of the the same flavors hinted at in the aroma. Body is slick and oily over the tongue. It hardly even needs the carbonation to be considered great. Fantastic. 8/4/8/5/18
ADD RATING: 12oz bottle from 2003 consumed in 2008, approx 5 years old. The pour is flat with no head. The aroma is amazing. Strong rich chocolate and mild roast. I canít wait to taste. The flavor has become more and more chocolaty. There is just a touch of alcohol but the flavor and body are right on. Great stuff even after several years. 8/3/8/4/18
12oz 2006 Bottle consumed in 2009. Silky black pour with a nose of chocolate and a touch of smooth roast. This beer is really tough to beat. The finish has just a touch of bitterness remaining.
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Bottle...thanks Jason!!. Poured as black as used motor oil and almost as thick. A small brown head formed (had to coax this one) and then diminished fairly quickly to a ring of bubbles around the edge that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is very complex; figs, chocolate, molasses, coffee and pine with a definite alcohol note. This is a great example of the style. It starts out thick and sweet, then gives the taste buds a wonderful ride through the flavors like brown sugar, chocolate, cherries, pine, raisins to an oddly pleasant bitter and astringent finish. The mouthfeel is amazing, thick - almost syrupy - with a light cream carbonation when rolled on the tongue. Iím buying more of this for the cellar.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a huge beer. Dark black. Small tan head. Aroma is roasty with chocolate, coffee and dark fruit that carries over to the flavor. Thick chewy body. Oily and smooth. Big hop bitterness balances all the sweetness. It also helps hide the alcohol leaving you with a nice warming sensation. Long finish.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got my hands on this one thanks to my Michigan buddy. Pours incredibly thick and black as hell. Sweet, choclatey nose. Wow, what a full flavor. Very thick. Sweet malts, quite a hop bite with some alcoholk warming. Chocolatey. So full flavored and complex. One hell of a beer. Definitly a sipper. Gonna drink this one reallly slow.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as death, little head, and a wonderful smell ó roasty and chocolatey. Similar flavor hints, tinge of alcohol taste, too. Extremely complex and flavorful. An unbelieveable beer! However, I compare it to the best New York-style cheese cake ó itís so good, but I canít eat (or in this case drink) more than one serving because itís so rich!
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good stout, has a scent of chocolate, medium thickness tan head, pours with a syrup consistency, ends with a touch of bitterness
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours an almost purple black with an orange tinted dark head. sweet strong earthy aroma of cocoa. flavor explodes with rich powerful chocolate and sweet caramel molasses, flavor melts into a bit of nitterness at the finish that helps reveal the alcohol bite that dries out your mouth a bit and leaves a powdery chocolate cookie taste, i was dubious about this living up to the hype, but it has and i look forward to trying this in a year or so when my other bottle ages.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
No label on neck.Head ? What head ?No foam,no lacing, no carbontion and ainít no seeing through this thing.This is darker then the bottom of the Marianas Trench.Roasted coffee beans,roasted chocolate ,roasted molasses and roasted after drinking one of these.What a treat for the olfactory glands.Okay,lets not leave the taste buds out of this,good lord.I love the balance between flavors and the alcohol.Thick,thick,christ you can almost bite chunks off chunks of this.Overall,one of my absolute favorites and,sorry you purists,any time of the year!!