AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ink black with a lingering brown head. Massive black malt, earthy tobocco aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Nice semi dry burnt malt flavors with bakers chocolate, tobacco leaf, black coffee.
BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
When it comes to impy stouts I donít think they get much better. Is there any style these guys canít do? Phenomenal brew........a great sipper to watch the MNF game with tonight!!
djtimeless (221) - Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out black with brown head. Smells sweet and roasty. Taste is roasted malts with bitter hops. Sticky but not too sweet. Flavors of coffee chocolate and molasses like it says plus dark fruits and sweet caramel and vanilla. Could use some wood. Dry finish some alcohol. Thick and chewy. Good stuff.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Justin for this 750mL, poured into a tulip.
Wow, is this one seriously good-looking beer. It pours pitch black out the bottle and seems to suck up all the light in the room underneath a thick mocha head that recedes very slowly and leaves sheets of lacing.
The aroma is big, dark and roasty with tons of heavily roasted dark malts and plenty of espresso and dry cocoa powder. There is an underlying molasses sweetness that almost balances the roasted character.
The taste is absolutely massive with all kinds of things going on. There is a heavily roastes dark malt backbone that underpins everything. On top is the very dry, almost chalky, bakers chocolate and cocoa character with some espresso. The sweetness of the molasses from the aroma is not nearly as evident, though Iím pretty sure itís in there somewhere. Also, I get hints of tobacco in the taste as well, but maybe thatís just in my head...tough to tell with all the other things going on.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and slick, almost oily, going down. Itís dessert-like and very thick on the palate with enough carbonation to keep it from becoming cloying.
This is a huge beer all the way around - gorgeous looking and with a complex taste that I think will improve with time as the flavors start to meld together.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
out of aa 750 ml. bottle. Pours very dark, light head, for over 9 percent it was smooth.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Caponeís. Pours black with a thick tan head. Has a smell of coffee. Has a coffee and toasted malt taste. Not bad but nothing special
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color with massive three finger dark chocolate head that settles slowly and heavily laces the glass. Aroma is chocolate, roast, toffee, caramel, molasses, some slight smoky and woody notes. Flavor is sweet and roasty with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate, cocoa, molasses, light earthy notes, light notes of floral hops in the background. Generally full body, creamy, silky mouth feel and a roasted sweet malt finish.
Tmoney99 (9575) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kingdom Liquors. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, courtesy of Beerlando
Black pour, nice flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee with hops playing in the background. Enjoyed it.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via trade thanks to Sebletitje, and another shared by Nick3 on BA. Pours jet black and thick with a medium thick brown head, very dark, leaving a small layer of foam and good lacing. Aroma is nice and intense with chocolate, coffee, roast, molasses, and black cherry. Flavor is similar to the aroma and really huge with lots of roasted malt as well as some caramel, dark chocolate, espresso, smoke, and lots of cherry. Some people thought there were actually cherries in this beer. Hops noticeable in there as well. Palate is really full and chewy with a long bitter hop and cocoa finish. A notch above Hunahpuís even, with a creamier, fuller palate and higher drinkability, although it lacks the nice spiciness that Hunahpuís has.