biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a frothy head of tan and brown. Sweet acrid tar alcohol and molasses aroma. Overwhelming in flavor and bitterness. It has noticeable Bourbon and vanilla oak flavor. Quite sweet upfront but tempered by burnt and dark caramel malt flavors. I don’t get any licorice. Finishes incredibly bitter. Not as heavy in body as you would expect.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 07 bottle. Poured a thick black color with a thick, deep tan head that receded slowly and left nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, and a hint of oak and smoke. Smooth molasses entry leads into a strong smoke character with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and some oak. Light licorice and smoke on the finish. A bit of alcohol detectable, but it wasn’t too bad. Smooth of the palate, some smoky bite. Nice, but not as good as I expected.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a wonderfull deep dark oily black that doesn’t let even a hint of light through. Head was a medium hight dark tan made of tight small bubbles. Heavy lacing on the side of a cold glass. Nose is sweet, burnt chocolate, vanilla, and hint of woodiness. Attack is soft and creamy, thick and oily across the tongue. Sweetness quickly fades into a pleasant bitterness which slowly turns to a deep dark coffee finishing taste with a hint of citrus and vanilla. great beer!
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge, thick, sweet chocolate nose with some obvious suggestions of alcohol. Opaque black body is topped by a dense, fine bubbled tan/brown head that recedes to a lasting cover. Strong sweet chocolate flavour with some light vanilla undertones. Licorice is quite obvious especially in the aftertaste, but I wouldn’t say it is overdone. Alcohol is apparent throughout. Strong warming to the medium-full body with fair to moderate carbonation. Bottle sampled at Oakes’ Xmas tasting 2007.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out black with thick brown head. Nice taste very roasted coffee, chocolate and smoke. The oak brings it all together. Very complex. Nice finish, slight alcohol. This is a great imperial stout.
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Dégusté avec french) Tres belle couleur chocolaté, avec un collet brunatre et mousseux. Odeur de sel, creme, alcohol, banane, poivre. Arome d’une douceur incroyable, tres cremeuse et sucré. Biere tres bien balancé par contre un peu trop concentrer en licorice.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle - 2007 vintage; pours jet black with foaming tan head; aromas of chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke; slight woody too; aromas and flavors are rich and thick; oily texture with roasted aftertaste; incredibly smooth after just 6 weeks or so of sitting; a fresh bottle just after release was very bitter IMO
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Shared with Pyrozoid. Pitch black poor with a nice foamy light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, lactose, mesquite, smoked wood, burnt toast, banana bread and licorice. Very creamy, velvetty mouthfeel... Perfectly balanced sweetness and bitterness... Slightly salty. Flavors are predominant of licorice... slightly chocolaty and coffee. Just not what i expected, licorice just doesn’t jive for me... yet VERY commendable.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
’07 Bottle: Wow, what a pour on this, thick, oily black with just a hint of a head. Massive licorice nose with some dark fruits, chocolate, oak and brown sugar. Very enticing and only got better as it warmed. Thick, syrupy mouth feel that lead to a dry coffee blast, followed by a rush of barrel-aged dark fruits, licorice and some slight herbal tones. There seemed to be a very subtle dark chocolate essence lingering that kind of binded everything together perfectly. Very nice stuff, glad I have one more bottle.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 It isn’t the most complex thing ever, but you know what? It’s damn dark and I would absolutely go way out of my way to get it again. It’s like coffee and charcoal jam.