willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 Amazing, dark, dark, deep brown, almost black but definitely brown. Head is gorgeous, thick and creamy, huge and voluptuous like chocolate mousse. Aroma burnt and chocolatey with hints of licorice, espresso, and rich, ripe fruits. First taste is sweet, burnt chocolate and dark caramel over toasted grains. Wow! I had trouble putting this beer down. High ABV is well hidden in the huge and blanketing palate. Finish teases with hops, but toys and teases with more chocolate. This is a very high quality stout that I have been hoping to try and stumbled on luckily (and randomly) at a local pub last night. Hooray! So far, this is my highest rated beer, and, although not my favorite beer, it’s up there.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Been waiting to try this one. Pours an extremely dark color with a thin tan head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly just malts, but there was a faint hint of coffee and a little less of chocolate. Now for the flavor: Initially I got a burst of dark chocolate flavor, followed closely by a sweet malty flavor, then it finished with a strong alcohol tone. A lot more smooth than I had first imagined, but it could be more so if they could mask the alcohol a little better. Still a wonderful brew and the initial burst of chocolate was superb. Loved this one. I think it took me nearly 40 minutes to finish it because I kept just sipping it to get the most of the flavor.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Wow, most definately the best chocolate stout that I have ever had. Black creamy brown in colour kind of grey head. bitter chocolate sweet-ish in the nose. Clean crisp bitter chocolate taste that finishes with a heavy chocolate push. In fact the chocolate reminds me of oberweiss chocolate ice cream. MMMM
rogueman (19) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is nice, alcohol, cocoa, bittersweet smell. Pours black with a small mocha head, dissipates after a minute or two. Taste is like the smell, bittersweet cocoa, slight carbonation, a little alkaline taste. Overall, I like the bitter dark chocolate taste and think it is pretty good for the price.
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 2003-2004 edition. Jet Black, thin but lasting deep beige head, moderate fine condition. Starts off with chocolate dominant in the nose, some roast barley and liquorice becoming apparent. Full bodied and sweet in the mouth with liquorice obvious along with some alcohol. Nice earthy roasted notes and warming alcohol in the aftertaste.
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 July 2007. Bottle at beerbistro. Black body with a creamy brown head that lacks staying power. Rich "oily" aroma, surprising amount of hops almost overshadows the roast and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour similarly has a lot more hops than I remembered and seems extra bitter paired with a sweet dessert. Dark bitter chocolate notes blend with the hoppy bitterness. Full syrupy body would benefit for a touch more carbonation for my liking (3+). Very good but lacks the rich chocolatey notes I had in my head - perhaps it needs some aging to get there? 7+/3+/7/3+/15 - 3.7
<P>January 2004. Bottle. Pours an opaque black blanket over the glass with a fluffy chocolate milke coloured head that doesn’t stay long. Initial aroma is of alcohol, with a bit of raisin and roast peeking out. Flavour has a fairly strong bitterness to it.Odd roastiness, notes of cocoa more than chocolate. Not quite what I was hoping for, when I set out to aquire it I was looking for more of the chocolate. I actually didn’t find it that roasty, or at least the roastiness was well balanced by the other flavours present. Thank you to IPFreely for picking this bottle up at Premier Gourmet for me. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 12 oz bottle (2003 version, fairly fresh): pours a thick, dense black with a wonderful dark brown foam. The foam settles into a thin cream around the edges, but leaves tiny bubbles up the sides of the glass. Wonderful roasted fruit aroma - cherries, plums, and raisins. A good bit of alcohol is present as well. The flavour is hugely roasted and bitter, has wonderful vinous qualities and leaves the tongue aching for more. A true gem and a wonderful Christmas present from a great secret Santa: thanks aofoxxy! 9/4/8/3/17
12 oz bottle (2003 version, ~2 years in the celler): viscous, jet black pour with a quickly diminishing dark tan cloud-like head. Aroma hints at sweet milk chocolate (like M&Ms), slightly charred raisins and burnt blueberries. Flavours are deep and dark – chocolate for sure, along with black cherry, currant and charred oak and grain. The roasted bitterness has subdued remarkably transforming this into a strong, session-like, imperial stout. I would to have a 2 year old six pack that I could split with a buddy and drink for a relaxing evening – and it would be perfect if it was snowing… 8/4/9/4/17
r464 (1915) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 Deep, dry and dark. A full imperial stout that masks its alcohol better than most others. A nice winter brew. Strong and a bit heavy with chocolate and a hint of roastiness, nuts, coffee, and malt.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry and dusty finish, super dark coffee-looking-blacker-than-a-black-night sitting in my glass. Less chocolate than I excpected, but what chocolate it is: super bitter 85% cacao Serotta comes to mind. Thinner body than I like but still interesting and complex.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark tan head. Nice malty, mocha, chocolate aroma. Good flavor. Chololate and coffee. Soft sweet finish. Slight hops, but could go for more.