tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a Hersheyís Chocolate Syrup dark brown color to used Quacker State black with a very slight brown head. If this thing is barrel aged, you sure canít tell unless you are looking for it. There is lots of chocolate, cocoa, hops. Quite a bit of hops actually. The barrel character comes through more in the flavor. Very chocolatey. Sort of reminds me of Whoppers in the flavor and gritty mouthfeel. Certainly a damn fine beer, but nothing outstanding. Thanks BeerandBlues2.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black with thin brown head. Esspresso malt nose. Thick chewy roasted malt taste with hints of licorice and molassas. slightly bitter coffee finish.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - Iíve been waiting awhile to try this this. During a recent trip to Santa Rosa, I found a bottle. The pour on this beer is black with a thick pour stream and a light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, some vanilla and light oak. Mouthfeel isnít quite what I thought itíd be, perhaps a bit lighter than expected. Flavor is chocolatey, roasted coffee, oak, some light whiskey but it carried a slight astringency to it which held it back a bit.
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured an opaque black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, smoke, milk chocolate, vanilla and a hint of oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, light smoke, molasses and hints of licorice and oak with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish. Hides the alcohol really well.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my dear olí Dad IrishBoy for sending me this brew. Opaque with a mochea head. Aroma is coffee, oak, vanilla, raspberries, and blackberries. Taste is vanilla, oak, espresso, very dark chocolate. Good Imperial Stout, but not great. Reminds me of a very young Avery Czar, with lighter alcohol.
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
To me this is one of the greatest stouts out there! This beer is AMAZINGLY good - and unfortunately hard to find - for me anyways. This one pours black as black can be. You can tell right from the pour that youíre going to have one helluva ride because it glugs... like motor oil. This beer is very complex with vanilla, black licorice, coffee, oak, dark chocolate and other flavors. Hops even things out nicely. Man this beer is so tasty. Almost a perfect score, but I had to leave just a tiny bit of room because althought I donít believe it... I guess there could be better. Iíve had most of the top rated stouts except for Dark Lord. Thatís the only beer that stands a chance against this amazing creation by Deschutes. One last comment about Deschutes... I contacted the brewer to let them know that this is the best stout iíve had. They are very responsive and very fun to talk to.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black beer with ruby highlights and a thin brown head. Chocolate, malty aroma with some roastiness and vanilla. Rich malt flavor - chocolate, roast, molasses - with enough hops and fruit in background to keep interesting. Lingering rich malt and some pine. Full body. Nice carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black, thick deeply tanned head. Nose was intense with tones of wet and warm espresso grounds and black chocolate. Softer toasted vanilla bean and oak tones fade in and out, but with a slight twist of charred berries and black licorice peeking through. Ashy burnt and bitter coffee and chocolate tones reign supreme as the barrel aging plays only a very minor role. Faint hints of blackend berry and vanilla round out this rich full bodied brew out. Finish is dry, burnt, and bitter. Great brew, but believe it or not, I would like to have actually had more of the bourbon barrel experience. Either way, loved it! Thanks for sharing kmweaver.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber via Crosling. The beer pours to a black body with a thick creamy/bubbly brown head. Nice lacing. The aroma is mocha chocolate coffee Jello pudding. Subtle oaken vanilla. The flavor is sweet and bitter chocolate, coffee, light oaken components. The palate is creamy, rich, bitter, robust, but not perfect. Not really as complex as I had hoped.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ahhhh... scents of licorice, chocolate, tobacco, and wood. Pours black with a big light brown head. some bourbon flavor in the taste if you search for it, otherwise there is roasted malt, licorice, coffee, nuts, and tobacco flavors present. Aftertaste leaves a bitterness and a warmth. Very enjoyable to drink as a sipper.