JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2009 Mine poured pretty black and with almost no head which quickly dissipated. Aroma is very smokey and roasted(like espresso). This is not a imperial in the classic sense, not near sweet enough, and very burnt tasting. Campfire finish.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead
Pours a solid dark with a thinnish tan head. Dark roast, lactose, toffee and vanilla aroma. Flavor also dominated by dry roast, cream/lactose and some vanilla. Quite bitter from the roasted malts. Weak body, thin palate stop this quite good beer from being a great beer.
zathrus13 (1627) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick black, with a very small head. Aromas are sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, malt, hops, and smoke. Low on carbonation, it would be better with more. overall though, nicely done. Thanks to goldtwins for this bottle.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black slightly viscous body. short sienna brown foamy head that goes to a ring quickly. sweet chocolate malt and prune/mission fig, and some blackstrap molasses aroma. roasted chocolate malt and burnt chocolate snap cookie flavor, slick mouthfeel. mild carbonation and burnt sugar finish. dry burnt malt aftertaste. thanks Styles for this one!
tiggmtl (4514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Salty, soy, smoked, seafood and chocolate in the curious aroma. Opaque brown body with low but lasting dark brown head. Soy, salt and sweet sugary malts. Flavour not nearly as complex or intriguing as the aroma would suggest. Medium-full body is somewhat syrupy due to low carbonation. Bottle sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Fest 2005.
Nuffield (3348) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 12 oz. bottle but the label says 750 ml. Weird. Pours a very oily,thick, syrupy fluid. The aroma has something that reminds me of an Indian buffet restaurant--Lumpy suggested anise, since you find that at the door of an Indian restaurant in a dish--and the flavour is rather simple, lacking the depth of chocolate and roast that I like. It ends simply and a bit thin. // What was wrong with me? Itís much better than my previous 7-4-7-3-14 (3.5). Definitely viscous and lovely, with resonant fruit notes in the aroma and deep, satisfying roasted notes in the finish, like sitting by a crackling campfire in the late autumn chill of the night.
IndianaRed (1798) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours a opaque inky black witha modest milk chocolate colored head with thick sticky lacing. Nice thick sweet aromas of chocolate, prunes, and sweet smokey goodness.
Flavors are smokey but not biting or harsh, sweeter that their "sweet stout" ironically, and more of the dark pitted fruit. Prunes, purble grapes and carmelized sugar. Very tasty. Feel is also very slick and nice and hefty. Tha ABV comes through but seems to fit with the flavors and feel. Very nice.
Muchos Grassy-ass to pailhead for this one.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma-alcohol, coffee. Taste-roasted malts, very soft, mild smoke, light bitter, stale raisins. Why does the 12 oz bottle say 750 mL?
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Pailhead for this one. Powerful roasty aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Stygian darkness in a glass. Tiny mocha head. Bitter espresso followed by a cream/chocolate sweetness which then finishes bitter. Nice flavor demarcation.
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a thick oily black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, Peeps Easter candy, and licorice. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.