illidurit (2115) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a snifter. Completely pitch black, light has no effect on this liquid. Head is modest in size, but very sticky.
Smells like one of those sweetened iced coffees, with a nice roastiness but plenty of sweetness.
The coffee flavor in this beer is absolutely epic. Dry espresso smacks the palate and lingers for minutes after the swallow. Unsweetened chocolate makes an appearance as well. It’s not overly bitter or astringent like some lesser American double stouts.
Mouthfeel is so rich you can practically chew it. Light carbonation really lets the massiveness of this beer make itself known. The finish is long and dry, making you really want more with every sip. Excellent beer, can’t wait to compare with the KBS.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as the night from the bottle with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells like coffee grounds and dark chocolate to me. Tastes like the blackest coffee you ever had, with a hint of chocolate. Tastes much better than it smells as far as the coffee goes. Palate is good, not too thick at all, nice carbonation. Not bad, as for a coffee flavored stout though, I’d go with Speedway anyday over this.
BuckeyeSammy (537) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Coffee, almost smoked aroma. So nicely carbinated. Not black but extremely dark, cant see through it. Amazing dark brown head. Great lacing. Sharp flavor, some chocolate, coffee flavor, not overwhelming. Extremely well balenced flavor profile. One of the best stouts i have come across. Burnt coffee, malt finish. Left me saying wow.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. I tried this a while back when I first started getting into beer and hated it. Now that I have a few more beers under my belt I decided to give it another try, and I can’t get enough of it now. Nice thick pour with a light tan head. Aroma is of huge coffee with a little chocolate. Amazing body on this stuff, it seems to coat everything all the way down. Flavor again is insane amounts of coffee with tones of chocolate and finishes with a bit of espresso. I’m very glad I gave this one another shot.
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle-Pitch black body with a huge tight mocha head which emits an aroma of big time chocolate and coffee. This full bodied brew has a taste of coffee with some mild chocolate undertones along with some bitterness in the middle and finishes with more coffee and brief chocolate. I was expecting more chocolate from the aroma but it still comes across. A great tasting Imperial Stout.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared in line at the Red Poppy release by AlohaC, Christian. Pours a dark black with lots os carbonation and a substancial head. Aroma of bitter coffee. Flavors much the same.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Someone brought this to the in line tasting at the Lost Abbey Red Poppy release. Good flavors of sweetened chocolate and some coffee. Very nice.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
OOOOHHHH!!!! This is definitely a top 10 beer...as jet black as a beer can get, this one has a fairly small 1/4 inch head of khaki bubbles. Nose is what I would imagine waking up to in the countryside...freshly brewed coffee, maple syrup, newly baked bread, and chocolate-chip pancakes!!! Flavor is extremely complex but not at all biting. Flavors impact the palate at different intervals; first coffee and chocolate, then smooth oatmeal and caramel. Mr. Atalla, thank you for the opportunity to try this!!!
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much thanks to kryptic and theisti for this bottle. Super dark pour with creamy mocha head and soft lacing. Nose is a dead lock of roasted, almost burnt, coffee with some softer oatmeal in the background. Full bodied mouthfeel with a rich creamy body. Big coffee flavors, maybe too one-dimensional?, along with dark chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter finish that shows the hops. Very nice and would be great with some pancakes and bacon.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 I love this beer. very hard to come by. pours dark with a strong chocolate and coffee aroma. finishes with refreshing aftertaste