Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 Pours opaque jet black with a tiny dark brown ring around the edge of the glass trying to pass as a head. Powerful aroma of raisin, molasses, plum, roast, coffee, and chocolate with hints of alcohol and pine. A medium thick oily and syrupy body almost without carbonation. Huge, relatively sweet, flavor of raisin, molasses, roast, dark chocolate, and a bit of citrus and pine. Excellent!
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh Hell yeah. This is a winner. Black, tan almost brown head. Burnt raisin bread toast aroma. Flavor of bitter chocolate and strong coffee. Burnt wood and smoke. the slightest hint of prunes for a touch of sweet. Very, very impressive.
car123 (1) - mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
my all time favorite!!!!! never without it. each bottle is a symphony of flavor!!!!!!!
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the darkest pours I've ever seen. Little to no head on it. Black cherry with hints of chocolate nose. Flavor was, well hit me in the head and ask me later. What I mean is this beer has a lot going on. Each sip made my mind go through a new list of what to write. Espresso, cherries, and chocolate to name a few. Finish was creamy with a touch of oil like that of coffee.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No light penetrated this dark brew and it was totally flat. Overwelming aroma, chocolate, coffee, cherries, licorice and tobacco. Full bodied to say the least, oily and sweet up front, with chocolate, toffee, expresso and dried fruit flavors, some alcohol and saltiness. Long bittersweet finish. An amazing stout with a kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors, but I thought the beers appearance was unappetizing and it's thick flatness detracted from it's drinkability.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 Black brown body, the quickest of disappearing heads one of the best aromas out there, chocolate raisiny tastewith a high alcohol afterkick, thick and smooth mouthfeel. A fantastic slow sipper
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an opaque black color with no head at all, and no lacing to boot. Had an aroma of chocolate, NUTS, and slightly roasted malts. This brew tasted like chocolate covered nuts, Very sweet, with a slight tinge of alcohol. It had a creamy, oily mouthfeel. The biggest of the night!
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Totally opaque with the slightest caramel brown head which I had to coax, but it's leaving a wonderful lacing on the glass. Huge chocolate nose - roasty, toasty and nutty as well. I can smell a hint of that 10% ABV lurking in there as well.
Taste is sweeeeet! Literally and slangly. This is so right up my alley. Sweet, dark chocolate hits the tongue and then fades into a roasted malt and slightly bitter spicy, floral hop blanket that clings. Like eating a slice of hearty pumpernickel bread slathered with Nutella. Can't drink more than one of these in a sitting. It's a special occasion kind of brew.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured as black as used motor oil and almost as thick. A small brown head formed and then diminished fairly quickly to a ring of bubbles around the edge that lasted to the bottom of the glass (and I drank this rich SOB slowly). Aroma is complex; figs, chocolate, molasses, coffee and pine with a definite alcohol note. It tastes like an amazing mixture of everything mentioned in the aroma description along with grapefruit rinds and quince extract. It starts out thick and sweet, then gives the taste buds a rollicking ride through the flavors 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. Great example of the style.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was very thick and poured jet black without one bubble. Hints of chocolate in the taste and a very viscous mouthfeel made this beer unique and worth trying.