corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black and comletely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy dark mocha head. This is the darkest head Iíve seen on any beer not named Dark Lord. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with rings, streaks and splotches of soapy chocolate colored lacing. Onenof the best looking beers Iíve encountered.
Deep roasty aroma with lots of smokey almost burnt malt notes. Slightly acrid smelling with lots of charcoal and burnt toast in the nose as well as hints of sweet chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean and nut.
Medium bodied and a bit more acrid tasting than the aroma suggests. Lots of oddly roasted/smokey/burnt malt notes that kind if overwhelm the other flavors. As it warms up the beer opens and the silky chocolate notes appear as well as some caramel, more roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, hazelnut and toffee. Overall this is tasty but a bit one-dimensional for my taste.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one in a tasting.
A: First off, I still cannot believe how massive this bottle is--33.8 ounces. Wow. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head.
ST: Lots of roasted malt coming through here with the overall impression being--you guessed it--slightly burnt toast. A little bit of chocolate, toffee, and caramel come through as well. Much better as it warms.
M: Quite thick with a good amount of booze.
D: This one is a slow sipper, and itís all the better for it, with the beer getting much, much better as it warms to near room temperature.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-27-2009
drfabulous (3378) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ass bottle from last yearís Secret Santa. Big creamy our. Molasses. Chewy. Little berry. And some serious lingering smoke. Oily film in glass on beer. Damn good.
JulienHuxley (2137) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 1l flip top, a glass from Glouglouburp. Even black coloration with one finger of dense looking brown head. Aroma is well on the roasted side of things, licorice, some molasses and a hint of alcohol showing through. Taste is quite sweet, almost corn syrupy sweet, hints of licorice and some burnt toast as well. Palate is a little bit too sticky even though the beer is well carbonated, barely any alcohol feel. Glad to have tasted this one. Merci Dany!
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Boise Imperial Stout Tasting: Black color with a light tan head. The nose is sharp and phenolic with a harsh acidity and astringency. The flavor has more of this but also a coating film of maple syrup and light roast. A so-so imperial stout among a lineup of giants.
dmac (3524) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swing cap bottle purchased at Caponeís. Poured a solid pitch black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma starts off sweet with dark bakers chocolate, coconut, figs, dates, prunes, rum, charcoal, tobacco, and soy. Body is great, full thick and chewy yet leaves an oily slick coating on your mouth and a lingering aftertaste. Flavors of espresso, tar, tobacco, and charcoal. Good stuff.
neepsntatties (1020) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this a few weeks ago at a tasting at the home of "hannont". Colour... as black as the bottom of the Marianas Trench, but with a thin head. Nose... very smoky with dark chocolate, burnt toast and charred rashers of bacon. Palate... Gad this stuff coats the palate! And yet itís quite frothy, too! Chewy, charred meat, wet earth, ash, extra bitter chocolate, strong coffee, molasses, anise and a long, coating finish
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Caponeís in Norristown, PA
Appearance: Classic murky black with small dirty khaki crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace.
Smell: A world of good things going on in this glass....vanilla, oak, roast malt, a tinge of alcohol, etc.
Taste: Lots of oak and vanilla sweetness up front which then pass the torch to the deep roasted malt goodness. Not very coffee like, which is nice.
Mouthfeel: Lite side of heavy bodied with minimal carbonation.
Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly well for this type of beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-11-2009
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dmac for this one. Pours out black with a small lacing tan head, aroma is of chocolate cake, roast, coffee and slight alcohol. Taste is complex, lots of dark chocolate, burn toast, dark fruits, deep roast coffee, and a little alcohol. Very full bodied flavor.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1L bottle thanks to bring on BA. I should also thank DavoleBomb, who sent me one in a trade, but I have yet to crack that bottle.
This is a black one - dark as hell with a lasting brown head and some lacing.
Aroma is roast, chocolate, anise, and molasses. Nice.
Flavor is really intense, very roasty and a little hoppy even. Coffee and dark chocolate as well. Complex and very tasty.
Drying roasty char on the palate with very full body and a slick mouthfeel.
A very good RIS overall. Always good to try a new awesome one from my real home state of PA.