DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 Draft. First rated 4/29/03. This is one of the great ones in a category that inspires a lot of great beers. Compared to, say, a Guinness, which you can still see a little daylight through, this one is solid black. Almost tastes like a bourbon-barrel-aged stout, though it isn’t. Great bang of roasted coffee and dark malt flavor, alcohol warmth and a bitter tang that stays behind after the swallow. Even leaves a sticky juice-like coating on your lip. Only a slight medicinal smell--the bane of any strong beer-- kept me from giving this a 20/20! Yum!
Re-rated May 28, 03. I do not detect any of that medicinal taste from last time. Waiter assures me this is barrel-aged stout, but that doesn’t show in the nose. I’m moving the rating up a notch as this is one of those beers that makes a visit to Flossmoor Station involve uttering the words "Oh... My... Freakin’... God!"
New batch, 2/1/05. Gotta bump it up just another notch. The first iteration of this nectar by brewmaster Matt is just so freakin’ smooooth! Black as the Bush Administratio’s souls, but creamy like oatmeal, with none of the astringency of black roast malts. Still nicely alcoholic, and only after some digging around do I find a nice hop nose. Even though this isn’t the barrel-aged stuff, there are still some nice bourbon notes in here.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
frothy dark brown coffee colored head. pleasantly sweet, coffe aroma. the sweetnes of this beer sticks in the mouth and nose for a long time. it is also drinks kind of thick. all of the things i dislike about about dark beers are present here.
Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at brewpub Don’t let the people who rated from a third-hand bottling fool you, this is an excellent beer. Dark, thick black pour, with a creamy brown head. Lots of aromas, dried fruits, chocolate, coffee, caramel. The roastiy taste hits you then devles into chocolates, and black coffee. There is some hop flavor as well, which is a pleasant surprise. I don’t often enjoy stouts, but this one is excellent.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black Coloring with No Head. Possibly a Bad Bottling. Soy is as Good a Description as Any. Some Malt and Barley. Need to Give Another Shot.
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from TAR. Black color with no head. Hmmm... smells like soy sauce, not a good start. Tastes of barley and not much else. I’m hoping it didn’t hold up well in the bottle.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, thanks to Jeffin7 for sharing this one with me - when I was over to pick up a growler he bought for me no less! Hand bottled from a growler (TAR). Deep, dark brown - near black - with a small tan head. Aroma is medium bitter chocolate, roasted malt, fudge, with a hint of licorice and alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, toasted tree bark, mild coffee, mild tobacco, and a bit of yeast towards the end. Smooth, creamy, velvety palate all the way through.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottled from a growler (thanks TAR): Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate brownies, and dark fruit. Flavor of sweet and bitter chocolate, dark fruits, mild coffee, and a mild tobacco. An excellent full bodied full flavored imperial stout.
TAR (2493) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: Black, but permeable. Thick beige foam settles to a creamy collar. Enormously estery nose of rum-soaked berries and cinnamon. Fudge, smoke, and toffee lay buried beneath the richness. Oily, delicately carbonated body. Opens with a gritty cocoa edge which adds sturdiness to the body. Quite yeasty. Myriads of assorted-berry esters beautifully frame a rich fusion of bittersweet chocolate and full-blown roast. Presence of alcohol is next to nil. Roastiness generates a flash of acidity. The center reveals loads of coarse char intensity with burnt matchsticks accompanying a huge black malt snap, which also dries out the beefy body. Decadence of espresso and fudge never fully blossom due to the regnant “unspent” roasted malt flavor. Fresh dried plums relinquish their ripeness to the intense grainy-dry, tar-drenched roast finish and mild huskiness. Notwithstanding the yeastiness, this is extremely nice.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 New creation from FS...and it demonstrates their willingness to experiment. Great rich chocolate mouthfeel. Roasted malt sweetness and an usually hoppy aftertaste. I think they call it Dark Star because, midway through my third pint, not only did the lights go out, but the stars in the night sky, one by one, began to silently blink out (thank you Issac Asimov)
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 There is a lot going on in a glass of this brew. Thick black liquid. Dark brown, frothy head. Aromas: anise, coffee, chocolate, caramel - - - HEAVILY ROASTED THINGS!!! After each cycle of sniffing, swallowing, absorbing, the tastes and aromas kept changing. Dark dried fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, burnt toffee and caramel, coffee, licorice... all of these and more made themselves known. AND, a BITTER and HOPPY finish!!! Egads. If this drink had a woman’s name, I might consider getting married again. As it is, I guess I’ll have to settle for drinking this beer seasonally.
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jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark beer with a mahogany redness around the shoulders of the snifter. Foamy espresso head and a roasted chocolate nose. Burnt caramel, sweet coffee and dark chocolate bitterness all ending with tons of hops and a sherry alcohol finish. Very nice beer.