Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly black with a tan/brwon head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee and some mellow fig. Taste is of licorice, chocolate, coffee (though not overwhelmingly so) and peppery. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Finish is bittersweet.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oil black, a pour of beauty. Nose is mad roast, coffee, coccoa, molasses and hops. Flavor is more of the same. So comlex and yummy. Great mouthfeel. I still dig the Batch 7000, but this is one marvelous beer.
brainskins (14) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer ! Pours Black as midnight,
black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch! No head at first - but wait - quickly a deep tan head forms. The nose is roasty with chocolate and raisin. Delicious coffee chocolate raisin roasty flavor with a bit of hoppy bitterness. Good lacing on the glass. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. This is one of the best stouts out there.
Blackduck18 (10) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the Darkest beer that I have ever tasted. The initial tast of this beer was excellent and had a very sweet taste. The after taste was less desirable though. There was a very prevalent taste of coffee left on the palate once I was finshed drinking this beer.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Sick_boy282 & sick_girl282... you two are the bestest!!!! Pours a solid black color (mmmm, i think i’m already drooling and i haven’t even tried it yet) with a virtually non-existent tan head. Aroma is roasty and very heavy, but so damn yummy! Flavor is so rich and delicious, one of the first thoughts that comes to my head is to put a little of this on some good homemade vanilla ice cream (i know, kind of random). Has the perfect amount of roastiness and warming qualities. It’s beers like this that helped me realize my love of stouts!
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The look of this beer is imposing and exciting as it is a black, imposing pour. The aroma is so rich and complex that it seems the flavor could never contain all that is advertised. Never fear, however, as the first smooth taste rewards with myriad flavors that is most prominently of raisin and chocolate. An amazing brew that is endlessly rich.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Pours thick and black with a fine mocha-colored head and sweet aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, and toffee. Great bitterness and a pleasantly prominient alcohol character provides the foundation for a variety of roasted flavors hinted at in the nose. All this contained within an exquisitely plush, smooth body with no rough edges. Finishes long and warm. Great stuff.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice black color with a brown head. The taste is sweet and roasted with coffee and liquorice notes. Has a nice alcohol warmth on the palate. Very nice.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Vintage. Next to Founders Imperial Stout, this is my favorite Impy. I’d drink this over Dark Lord any day, and at a fraction of the cost. A well balanced masterpiece of malt and hops, blending notes of chocolate and coffee with raisans and dried currants. A dense and delicious mouthfeel with a finish that goes on and on.
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Double-plus black, creamy dark brown head.
Chocolate and coffee aroma, quite sweet.
Flavor continues along those lines, coffee and chocolate, licorice, slight band-aid.
Medium body - raisin plus c&c aftertaste.