beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. Vintage 04-05. black hued having small diminishing off-white head. Intoxicating aromas of chocolate, prunes, and roasted malt. No discernable carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied that starts with slightly sweet malt with notable chocolate and roasted malt flavors with some bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. An enjoyable chocolate stout, this is one of my favorite Brooklyn brewery beers.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter ’02=’03 vintage. Pours like 10W-30. If I could give this beer a 300 out of 5 for appearance, I would. Raisins and caramel and toffee notes, more mouthfeel than a medieval mace to the tongue, and some pretty good flavor. I’m more of a chocolate/roasty coffee flavor guy when it comes to dark beers, this is a little fruity and raisiney and toffee-ish for me, but damn it’s a great beer. Hats off to Brooklyn for producing something other than biological waste.
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 bottle. Pours thick and inky black with some very dark red on the edges. There’s just a small dark tan head atop the body. I can smell the alcohol easily, but it’s not overpowering and blends well with a rich chocolate that reminds me of liquor candies. Rather dense, starts with some burn then is covered by a dark sweetness and fades to yet another flavor of smoked twigs. Between the sips, the rich sweetness remains. This is rich, bold, and fulfilling.
[Dec 11, ’07]<------- Bottle of the ’07-’08 winter. Pours jet black with a tall dark tan head that fades a little bit, but never really disappears. The aroma suggests less alcohol than I remember. Rather, the nutshells, dark chocolate, tree bark, and roasted coffee are right up front. The palate is nice. Flavor is bittersweet with loads of dark chocolate, crisped rice, thin coffee, all in all nicely balanced and rich. This is one of those winter seasonals that I look for every year.
MaltOne (301) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Beautiful. Pours opaque ebony with a dark chocolate brown head. Rich toasty aroma. Deep roasted flavors, like black bread. It coats the inside of the mouth with rich lasting flavors. Get some!
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to captain cougar. pours black with thin quickly receeding brown head. aroma is milk chocolate hops roasted malts and a faint coffee taste is all of the above but with some dark fruits and vanilla. this is damn good thank you tom.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005-2006 bottle. Pours a thick black with a large dark brown head - excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, espresso, molasses, and raisins. Wonderful rich flavors of coffee, cocoa, and hazelnut. The chcolate flavor is not overpowering the other flavors, and there is a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Full-bodied, but not syrupy with a nice creamy texture. Dry, slightly bitter finish leaves a hint of smokyness. An excellent imperial stout - one of my favorites.
BeerandBlues2 (11725) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
’05-’06 bottle via Secret Santa. Pours near opaque thick liquor with a small fizzy creamy tan head and thick lacing. Sweet dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses and cocoa with dark fruit (prune, raisin) notes and port, dark roasted coffee. Dark chocolate bitter lightly acidic flavor transcends to a sweet caaramel dark roasted malt with prunes and hoppy, alcohol notes. Dark and full-bodied, smooth and warm palate.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
05-06 Bottle. Pours a deep midnight black, some dark tan head. Nose is roast, chocolate, and a wierd sourness. Taste is the same, start out a a rich dark chocolate flavor and not much else until the end of the gulp when a strange sourness hits the tongue. Silky smooth. Too one dimensional to be very good, but this site seems to love those one dimensional beers. Just because its big and bold and higher ABV doesnt mean its worthy.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This dark brown beer pours with a frothy brown head and has an intense malt aroma with plenty of chocolate. The great chocolate malt taste of this beer makes it an excellent late night drink.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a dark brown head. Chocolate aroma. Rather sweet taste with a touch of bitter from the dark chocolate.