nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from the bottle revealed a dark black hue with a minimal tan head. Aromas of coffee and dark dark chocolate with a roasty smoky scent. Very smooth on your tongue. Biter cocoa, coffee and hops.Long finish to the beer with a predominant bitter hoppiness. Not as rich in complex flavors as I had hoped from such a renowned brew. Tasty overall though.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 700. 12oz bottle from Parti-Pak Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a velvety dark black immpermeable to light with a thick frothy milk chocolate head that settles slowly and laces the glass heavily. Aroma is strong roasted malt and coffee notes with hints of wheat, caramel and bourbon. Flavor is much of the same – roasted malt and strong coffee notes with hints of molasses, toffee, dark chocolate and hints of bourbon and wood. Full body with a strong roasted coffee finish.
fizzban (27) - whitehouse, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a good beer however not nearly as chocolatelaty or coffyish as others have been. good but does not stand up to its 100 rating. was disapointed. I think samsmith oatmeal and sam adams chocolat bock blow this away
MattShizzle (553) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2013 Bottle. Pitch black, opaque. Aroma not very strong. Flavor is very strong - very roasty, a little sweet with coffee as a lingering aftertaste.
Arayaga2 (1875) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2009 Black brown with 1" creamy brown head. Aroma is intense, beautiful coffee, with sweet chocolate notes. Flavor is equally intense, and more coffee than beer, with lingering bitterness that fades into chocolatey sweetness. $4/12oz.
blutt59 (6163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, dirty motor oil with thick brown head, aroma of coffee, chocolate and smoke, flavors of dark chocolate, espresso and smoke meats, very tasty
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours with a pitch black color and a medium sized, creamy head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Flavors are mainly of coffee and roasted malts. Very smooth on the palate, with a nice full body. Finishes with a lasting bitterness. Outstanding.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 Dear lord. Bottle poured into a frosted glass. Nose is coffee and chocolate. Tiny tan head that laces the glass wonderfully. The taste - the fucking TASTE! Its everywhere! Its coffee, its chocolate, its roasted, its bitter and its smooth. A nice milky texture on your palate. This is one to take slowly and admire every last drop. Jesus Christ...
reggiedunlop (3408) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 completely lived up to my expectations of what one of the best stouts should be! chocolate aromas hidden behind a hoppy nose and an unbelievable creamy mouthfeel with excellent coffee and chocolate flavors. very smooth and full.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow beautiful deep pour with nice mocha head. Totally toasted coffee grounds and chocolate aromas make their way for a light raspberry fruitiness which was absolutly astouning. I had Attributed these aromas and flavors aas contamonant by outsiders who had also tasted this beer; but these were deemed irrelevant. Wow was a beer. Complex and evolving with immense character and expression. Great mouthfeel and entire palate experience. Very nice indeed which runs the gamut of flavor.