Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep brown almost black. The motor oil analogy someone had was not far off. No head. Aroma was mostly Mocha and dark chocolate/possibly like chocolate covered cherries after you bite it. Nice semi buttery mouthfeel. Flavor was Chocolate,coffee,a bit of roastyness with a slightly bitter finished.
I noticed no hops, Dark fruit,licorice or anything else that others have.
This bottle was about 9 mos old and served at 50- 55 degrees in a wine glass.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. First and fore most the mouthfeel-awesome. Coats the whole mouth without being sticky. First flavors to come out are roasted malt, toffee, salt (yes, it is slightly salty), brown sugar, raisin, molasses, and caramel. Secondary flavors are butter, apple, and alcohol. Very nice bitter finish that leaves some bitter on the back of the tongue. A very good example of the style.
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 08.300.04 Rating #500 12oz bottle via trade courtesy of jsquire. Pours black and thick with wisps of dark brown head. Aromas are deep and meant to be pondered. Hazelnut, coffee, black chocolate, dark cherries soaked in whiskey, deep and sweet molasses. Vinous. Palate is thickly coating yet slick and with a pleasing, tickling eff. Flavors in accordance with aromas plus a trace of licorice, pitch, rum soaked fruitcake. The beer closes out with a tremendous bitterness, not at all harsh. A wonderful beer, thanks again Jeff.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 30, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as night and thick brown head. Malt, Coffee, dark Chocolate, burnt toast Deep aromas. Thick rich with a lingering finish. Chocolate, Coffee, Toffee, burnt toast though not overpowering, the flavors continue to develop minutes after you swallow.
Awesome, rich, lingering, depth, complexity, multifaceted, intriguing, great beer!
shadey (1904) - 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. It’s an incredibly hot day outside and I already had a few in me. The flavor just wasn’t 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 can’t 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Nate (3740) - 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.