alexsdad06 (4353) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Rating #100.
I had this first on tap @ Barley’s in Asheville and then again at DLD from a growler (thanks OhioDad). Pours thick and black with a small tan head. There is alot going on here with both aroma and flavor. The nose includes chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. The flavor gets better as it warms and includes all of the above but the chocolate seems to get darker as some bitterness starts to appear. This goes down smoothly for as thick as it is. This rating comes from the draught as it was a few points better than the growler.
I had to drop this a little after looking at my bottle rating as well.
whparrish (8) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at the brewery. pours think and nearly black. minimal tan head. smooth going down. chocolate and coffee overtones. all and all one of the best out there.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the DLD growler and enjoyed while waiting in line, THX OhioDad for a chance to taste this: Nearly opaque with bronze highlights produced a small beige head and good lace. The aroma is full of chocolate as expected along with a fair amount of smoke, molasses, clove and a note of grassy herbal hop. The taste profile displays heavy malty character of mocha, smoke, and an almost meaty tone. Some quick hits of herbal and coffee bitterness is found towards the finish. The mouth feel is lush and smooth with a noticeable warming in the end. While very nicely done it is not top 50 or even 100 in my book.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled sample from a trade with kenb. Thanks Ken. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Rick thick oily body with an aroma of chocolate, caramel and molasses. Taste was semi sweet of chocolate, mocha, and roasted malt. Has a hint of a hops in the finish. Very smooth and warm ending. Nice!
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad pulled out all the stops at Dark Lord Day 2007, sharing this brew as well as the hard to find Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout. Nice aroma with molasses notes. Opaque body with a yellowish, tan head. Wonderfully rich and chocolaty. A little dry, but very nice. Thanks OhioDad!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to BleacherBum sampled on 3/14/07: Pours a viscous dark mahogany, nearly opaque with a thin wispy dark tan head. Sweet dark caramel and chocolatey aroma has some dark fruity notes and earthy molten chocolate with a touch of fresh piny American hops. Body starts very full, sweet, dark caramely and with lots of sweet milk chocolate, oatmeal and some lingering, drier roasty notes toward the finish. Very nicely balanced and complex, a great imperial stout!
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at DLD - Pours almost black with a dense chestnut brown head. The aroma is quite faint with some cream and chocolate - it may have been too cold for it to have opened up yet. Medium / thick body with lots of carbonation. The flavor starts rich and sweet with lots of chocolate (milk and dark) with heavy whipping cream. The finish has more dark chocolate and bitter woody hops. Thumbs up for this wonderful hard to get treat.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by OhioDad at DLD. Massive looking black pour. Tons of caramel, coffee, and plenty of chocolate in the aroma. The taste is lots of chocolate, lightly roasted cofee, and definite bitterness. This is similar to Darkness, but not quite that good.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Pours an opaque black with a dark brown head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit. Flavor is malty, chocolate, roasted malts, with a hint of dark fruit.
2/2/08: draft at brew pub
Pours almost black color with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, some fruit, . Flavor is malty, chocolate, roast, and a bitter is floral finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a Handbottle. Generously shared by Chris at the Woodshop II Tasting. Dark brown, blackish colored pour with edges of tannic ruby and a creamy layer of beige head. Lots of chocolate in the nose, along with some Tahitian vanilla bean and a little bit of husky, woody coconut. A little wisp of grassy hops adds a subtle herbal quality to a nose that’s otherwise dominated by dryish chocolatey malts. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with a nice chewy body. Starts out with a little bit of sweet, dark malts that remind me of raw brown sugar that’s borderline molasses, but that is about the extent of any dark "fruity" qualities the flavor has. Not nearly as much chocolate as present in the nose, but that’s a good thing, as there seems to be more layers of flavor than layers of aroma, where the chocolate was quite dominant. After the sweeter, molasses flavors fade, a wave of chewy dark fudge takes over the palate, dried up by some bitter roast coffee. Finishes dry and roasty, with some bitter minty and pine hops lingering. Quite good overall, but not a stylistic standout according to my tastes.