GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 Midnight black with brown highlights at the transition to the beige head with good lacing. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, toffee, vanilla & a touch of alcohol. Smooth silky mouthfeel with chocolate, roasted malt and a little fruity sweetness. Sweet chocolately finish. Alcohol hidden very well despite the mild alcohol in the nose. I poured this one while eating a huge 7 layer chocolate fudge cake immediately after drinking a Boddington’s Pub Ale - talk about a prime example of a perfect food/beer pairing! Hope I can find another case to stash away for a while.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter ’03-’04 edition. 12 oz. bottle courtesy Mr_Kimchee. Opaque black colour with ruby highlights. Dark fruits, coffee, dark and milk chocolate aroma. Chocolate, lightly acidic, coffee, plum, and other dark fruit flavours. Full bodied, rich and smooth. Good stuff.
jonas (5774) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, winter ’04-’05
Even before my nose is close to the glass I get a whiff of dark chocolate, very nice.
Jet black, thin brown halo on top.
Rich dark chocolate flavor, roasted malt and burned sugar, vineous fruity notes. Roasted coffeeish notes round the flavors off.
Creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body.
A truly elegant brew.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent! Does not taste of overt chocolate, which is a blessing. Instead it is much more along the classic Russian Imperial Stout model. It is much more bitter and tart, with little to no sweetness. It poured an ebony colour with a dark chocolate coloured head. It tastes of dark, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. It finishes with flourish of bitterness and slight sweetness, although the lingering taste is of the bitterness on the back of the tongue. Amazing.
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part of a 7 beer, imperial stout/porter tasting. 12oz bottle. Black, mocha head, nice legs, nice lacing. The head sticks around the perimeter of the beer. Bittersweet chocolate, fruity notes in the aroma. Bittersweet, citrusy flavors, roasty, coffee. Finish is roasty-sour and floral/citrus. Nice beer. Thanks Bert!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Aroma is almost acrid, but you can get the hints of chocolate, but it almost smells like licorice. Solid black in color with a creamy tan head that turns into lacing around the edge of the glass. Tons of body, and a ton of malted flavor, the chocolate comes in late. I think the alcohol makes too much of an appearance in the late flavor, and adds to a pretty bitter aftertaste. After looking at other people’s ratings, I wonder if I have a bad bottle...I’ll pick up another next chance I get and reevaluate this.
rerate...had the 2005 version, and the chocolate was much more pronounced, and even though it was still a bit hot, the bitterness i remember from the 04 wasnt there. liking it alot more this year.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an excellent beer. Dark, with small mostly lasting brown head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, and a nuttiness. Flavor has chocolate, deep cocoa flavor, raosted malts, toffee, and a subtle nuttiness. Moutfeel is full and rich. Alcohol not too noticeable, and chocolate improves (as does nut presence) as it warms. A superior beer.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
MMM... stout with a warming kick, now this I like. Alcohol level is nicely masked by tons of flavor. Aside from the aroma, the chcolate has gone missing in the flavor. The flavor is however very sweet with a caramel/toffee dominance. Head is rapidly diminishing but leaves a nice ring-around-the glass..
I really like this beer and wish it was available longer in the year.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and rich, black with a quickly lost tan head. Aroma of cocoa, some leather, dark fruit, toffee. Extra rich in body with a smooth, quick finish. Powdery flavors of burnt malt, chocolate, some port and tartness also. Warming alcohol quality. Quite good.
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Been seeking this one for a while. Thanks a lot Captain Cougar! Black as expected with a lighter orange head. Aroma is deep bourbon with some chocolate covered raisins keeping it interesting. Also some vanilla and oaky goodness as you keep getting into the complex and well layered aroma. The taste hits you up front with strong coffee. Also some hints of raspberries and very high percentage cocoa dark chocolate. As it warms and you get toward the end, you get a smooth cocoa character. This is very nice and deserving of the praise.