Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared by hophead75! Pours one of the darkest black stouts I have ever seen- no doubt, this is darker in color than Darklord. Head is thin and almost brown it is so dark. Aroma is nutty, with tons of dark chocolate, anise, and hints of tar and molasses. Great full chocolate malt flavor, with some dry roastiness and just a hint of black burnt malts- I bet carafa III is also in there. Smooth and silky in the finihs. This new version is just as good as I remember the original to be.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black like oil, with just the thinnest brown head showing up at the end of the pour. Smells of black licorice, dark roasty chocolate beans, dark malt, and some dark fruits as well. Very rich and thick palate. The alcohol was apparent, but not overwhelming. Really thick burnt malt and roasty chocolate flavors penetrating deeply. Really nice imperial stout, really enjoyed the mouthfeel and the roasty flavors. These guys can really make some great stouts.
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Amazing stuff. Got from a trade at DLD. Full of Sesame Oil flavors, yet full of malty goodness. The stuff pours a motor oil black with very little head. You can taste: coffee, toffee, chocolate, sesame, soy sauce. An excellent IRS. Started sipping when cold, and it just got better as it warmed.
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an oil-slick black color, with a thin light-brown head. Aroma was milky chocolate, anise, and some alochol. Taste is about the same. All right....
notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to beastiefan2k for giving me this wants list item, as a gift! (you are the man, Eugene) - viscous, inky black pour, that fails to kick up a head, but MAN is it black - huge chocolate aroma, smells a lot like pudding, actually, with some touches of sweet cream, coffee, roasted malt, a kind of woody character - smooth, slick, oily mouthfeel - quite chocolaty sweet (reminds me a bit of ST Chokolat), but tempered by roasted coffee bean and tobacco notes - the pudding-like aspect of the aroma is quite present - a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness - very faint plum and anise - the alcohol is well-masked, but the thick body betrays it’s strength - a quality imperial that I wish I had more of.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Stine. Opaque black with a creamy long lasting head, perfect appearance. Aroma- very chocolately with moderate roast, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is roast, chocolate, molasses, and hints of dark fruit. medium bodied: coating on the palate but not thick. Finishes with a long lasting roasty bitterness, and a bit of alcohol. Dark Horse certainly knows how to brew a good stout.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured straight down the middle and got zero head. Not a big deal though. The aroma was non-existant...could have something to do with the fact that i was brewing today. Taste is of roasted barley with some coffee hints, chewy, though not as much as i like. Overall it’s a pretty good brew, but it’s not worthy of the price they’re asking for it.
Juelze (1135) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out black with brown color head that fades quickly leaving a bubbly deposit on whatever it touches. Aroma is similar to Duck Rabbit BP with traces of dark fruit, light anise, french roast coffee, alcohol and chocolate. Taste is milk and semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit, light charred wood, coffe and alcohol. Palate is pretty light on the tongue to the point where it is almost too thin, but the finish does not make this mistake. Low carbonation. A good impy.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via ogglethorp, thanks Brian. Pours motor oil black with a light brown head. Big yummy smoky coffee nose. Some nice smokey burnt malts as well. Taste is full of coffee, and deep dark malts. there is bitterness that I’m guessing comes from some of the hops. Overall very good albeit somewhat one dimensional.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was black in color and poured a thin brown head that faded rather quickly. The aromas were of milk chocolate, crème and roasted coffee. In the mouth this had good concentration of flavor while remaining light-on-its-feet. The flavors followed the nose and ended with a slight bitter hoppiness which again kept the beer feeling fresh.