gotmos (11) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK! Let’s party!! Gonzo Style. Good looking bottle pours a black beer with a finger of tan brown head. Aroma is not very impressive hints of weak roasted coffee with even weaker hints of chocolate. Body is very creamy and moderately thick. Flavor is very appetizing with layers of sweet and bitter chocolate throughout and a nice coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden until it hits your head with a nice warm bearhug. An enjoyable drink but something I would expect from a Starbucks rather than a beer.
ChazMania (665) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Bottled. This is a high abv porter for sure. Thick, dark pour. Aroma is malty. Initial taste is chewy semi chocolate, dark raisin and caramel. Slightly on the thinner side of other porters I have sampled.
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer and GREAT porter. Poured blacker than black. By the aroma itself, you can tell it will be a thick ní malty kick ass beer. Smooth great taste till the very end! Also at 9.5%ABV it will leave you feeling gooood.
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, almost oily. Brings to mind singed pork sausages steeped in turpentine. I mean that in a good way.
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
FANTASTIC. Definately have to agree with the "glug-glug" thing, thatís exactly what it did when I poured it out. The thick, malty flavors carried over to the aroma. Both were very layered and packed a simple yet intese flavor that was extremely robust. A big palate-pleaser.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black with a rich brown head. Aroma is milk chocolatey with layers of succulent caramel. The body is silky and rich. The flavors are beautifully layered yet simple. A great chocolate and caramel mix with a nice amount of heat. The finish is sweet. This might have one of the more graceful bodies Iíve ever experienced on a beer this big.
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Poured like motor oil, complete with the "glug glug" ... except the giant marshmellowy brown head on top (itís so thick, you can scoop it out like a milkshake on your finger). The seductive aroma is of whiskey malt and pine trees. The first quaff is enlightening, with a burnt timber aspect, but with a resounding dried fruit sweetness that presides. Exceptionally big, robust beer. Not what I should be drinking in this heat. Iíll buy more this winter!
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This had a nice active head,very strong.Color Black.aroma was a biting chocolate malt.Tasted bitter chocolate and coffee.Strong body.sticky palatte.This may be the best imperial porter I have tasted.Very good.It has a cool cartoon on the bottle to boot!!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Foodery in Philadelphia. Very dark brown, clear pour with a meduim sized but tight dusky sandstone head. Plenty of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate along with roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol in the aroma. Very much the same flavors but with a healthy hop bitterness which balanced the chocolate sweetness quite well. Silky mouthfeel and a long, sweet finish with touches of alcohol, caramel and coffee.
GregClow (3187) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - via trade with jerc. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma has a huge amount of chocolate, with some smokiness in the background, and a warm booziness. Flavour - well, the alcohol comes through a bit more than I would like, but aside from that, itís pretty damn good. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, molasses - just really big and tasty. Nice soft mouthfeel as well. A bit of aging might mellow it out a bit - but then again, when youíre making a tribute to HST, youíre probably not aiming for mellow.