sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled@HBF 2005) Almost opaque black with a smallish head. Very roasty, chocolatey aroma with noticeable alcohol. Very roasted-malty, chocolate-licoricey coffee flavor. Medium to full-bodied palate with quite low carbonation. A pretty enjoyable stout, but a bit high on alcohol and lacking in body.
Skyhawk1 (7) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black appearence with a foamy brown head that laces the glass as it goes down. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, and molasses. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a big smoky chocolate taste with hint of port and a bitter finish.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This one pours a dark black color(redundant, I know) with a big head and it laces fully on my pint... The aroma fires up from the glass and is of burnt sugar on burnt toast with roasted caramel spread on top. Very nice! Letís begin... Immediate espresso flavors hit the buds and the finish just stays the same way. There is a slight sweetness that peeks through just enough to make you wonder if it was intended or just a by-product of Godís greatest gift to all of us - fermentation. Light carbonation and a 15W40 like viscosity. Not that pansy new synthetic oil, but real, full grade Drakeís well crude. This is a solid good beer whose flavor surrounds the tongue and flows around in the mouth coating everything with a wonderful thick, biting, heavenly, roasted, malty, coffee, dark cocoa flavor. That enough adjectives for you?
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Black, tan head. Chocolate malts all the way with roastiness and a touch of sweetness, smooth mouthfeel and a low hop finish.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a rich frothy head. Aroma of caramel and malt. First sip tastes of dark roasted malt and finishes bittersweet like baking chocolate and hops. I love the smooth velvety mouthfeel, that gives way to a taste that is anything but smooth and creamy. Perfect for a cold Russian evening, or Rochester evening for that matter.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a brown head.
Burned/roasted flavour with great bitterness and sweet chocolate hints.
Slight alcohol taste.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate this is the easiest way to describe the appearance, taste, and aroma.This is a phenomenal dessert beer, the perfect way to cap off an evening. An imperial stout that packs a punch disguised behind itís chocolatety sweetness. Definately one of the top ten beers you should be drinking.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was a bit under the weather when I got around to trying this stout, but it was wonderful. Had a great bitterness to it, in spite of the chocolate flavor. All around solid Imperial Stout.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Rating #1150. 355ml 2004/2005 bottle, from Utobeer, Borough Market, London.
Interesting to note that the bottle has no alcohol content or metric volume so should not have been so should not have been sold in this country.
When poured in to a snifter this is black as night with a delicate creamy brownish tan head. The aroma is of alcohol, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. There are also hints of roasted malt, coffee and beef in the aroma with some background sourness. The flavour is very strong with heavy alcohol presence and lots of bitter chocolate, light sweetness and sourness. While this is somewhat likeable it is generally lacklustre and at times verges on unpleasant. Smells good, looks great but doesnít match up when it comes to actually tasting it. Poor to average.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Maybe I drank something different than every one else, but this was over the top and missed the mark by a mile and a half. Way too chocolate and bitter, heavy and thick. Rather chewy, this could have been such a better stout.