heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop aroma is very english, dusty, with some dark sweet malt wafting as well. Malt starts a tad astringent, but then the sweetness takes over and rides out on a long slow smooth chocolate finish. Underlying roast coffee as well. Alcohol is well hidden. Thanks a bunch Dan!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a tan head. Powerful nose--sweet with a ton of roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet, has a noticable astringency, is somewhat chalky, chocolatey, and very roasted. Gives an overall impression not unlike bitter chocolate.
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 One whiff of this and you know you’re in store for something special. Full bitter chocolate nose portends the malty and supremely bitter chocolate flavor. Overtones of licorice are present. Topped with a creamy tan head this oily thick brew needs a tough red meat or a chocolaty dessert to stand up to it. Highly alchoholic.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
black as midnight with a toffee colored head, very dense. sweet chocolate, ripe fruits and roastiness. Ripe raisiny and pruney. alcohol shows. A beautiful progression from front to finish: initially biting, alcoholic and assertively burnt, fades ro a mellow mix of chocolate and mild roastiness. Full, lively mouthfeel leaves dry and crisp, with a pleasant burnt palate.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great appearance, solid black with a large tan head. Aroma is chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is alcohol, chocolate, charcoal, and smoke. Overall this a pretty good beer but way too much alcohol especially considering the ABV. Perhaps I'm just not sold on this style yet.
Sassy (217) - Mullet Capital of the World, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, dark tan head, chocolate aroma, very thick mouthfeel. Flavor is -- well, it's an imperial stout, so the alcohol is definitely present -- along with malts, chocolate and smoke.
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours coffee black with a tannish head. Pitch black this beer is. Notes of burnt malt and dark semi-sweet chocolate are apparent. Taste is of an imperial stout, dark, thick, and a tad bit hoppy. Mouthfeel is silky, very smooth. The finish reveals a bit more of the chocolate flavor. Minor hop twinges followed by a warm flush aftertaste. Well balanced, not sweet, yet not too bitter. Very enjoyable. Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy malt aromas, laced with dark chocolate, come from this opaque black Stout. The head is huge - creamy and dense with a mocha color. Sweetly bitter, well balanced and creamy full body. Loads of chocolate linger on the tongue. Very nicely done and worth seeking out. This needs to be a year round brew.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at brewery: this is a good looking beer and good tasting. rich dark brown hue with a fuzzy thick head that disipated in my plastic cup. (only $2 at the brewery) chocolate coffe flavors...with some slight sweet alcohol taste. checked the abv and knew why, 8.5%. drink it kids, its good!
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
mmmmmmmmmmm...contender for a new fav (for today anyway). Incredible chocolate aroma. Even over-powered the cigar drenched tavern. and the taste, let me reiterate, mmmmmmmm!