topher40409 (38) - gainesville, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 bottle, 2 years old: tons of yeast sediment left behind in the bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a light brown not quite tan head that starts out about on finger and quikly disapates to a small layer on the surface. laces the whole way down. The aroma is strong of licorice with plenty of weet malt and dark fruits mixed into the surprisingly subtle roastyness. FULL bodies brew that leaves a chewy finish. A lot of sweet malt on the palate, almost fruity. The sweet malt is followed by that licorice in the aroma mixed with planety of roasted malt and a little chocolate. The finish warms the throat ever so slightly, bbut leaves a not so pleasent salty roasty coating to the mouth.
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick black beer, coffee, oak, smokey taste. Very good beer, easy to drink after the first few drinks.
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours black with a tight light brown head. Sweet malty smells are mixed with sharp roasty aromas. The malts are also present in the taste along with a sour-ish dairy finish. This may not sound the best but it tastes quite good. As the beer warms the sweet aromas become slightly more prevalent. I can feel the alcohol having its effect, but it is very well balanced not overpowering on the palate. The beer is medium to heavy bodied and a very fine porter.
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a mix of roasted malt (almost coffelike aroma) and some citrusy hops. The flavor is very complex, but some key notes is burnt, bitter chocolate, tobacco (the good kind), and a lot more.
tkimbrought05 (37) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big imperial fan so naturally I was excited to get my hands on this beer. Pours thick with a tan head, nice chocolate overtones with a little bit of smoke added. Second was a bit more alcoholic than the first for some reason.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Black thickness and dark dark head. Extremely hoppy aroma and aftertaste (just after swallowing). Nice balance and flavor otherwise.
mrmojo (37) - Edmond, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great!! Dark black pour with hints of ruby. Aroma of chocolate, citrus, roasted malt and nuts. Taste is complex and smooth with chocolate, orange, cherry and a good hop undertone.
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big chocolate aroma. Pitch black with nice aroma. Big taste with lots of chocolate and roasted flavors. Intense. I had this in New Zealand so I guess the hops have died down a bit since it left america as I presume it must be months old. Still a delicious beer and not at all hard to drink. . Highly recommended.
vjohans (36) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellente apparance and palete. Smoke, vanilla, sweet biterness. No taste of alcohol what so ever.
FenrisWolf (36) - - OCT 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing dark pour with a 2 finger tan head. Coffee and chocolate flavors on the tongue. Incredibly smooth.