johnson2020 (79) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great beer. Great chocolately after taste. Well balanced brew. Worth the effort to find it!
mrjames (21) - Clinton Twp, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. This is a great swwet stout. Very creamy mouthfeel. I loveteh oatmeal and coffee flavors and there was enough roasted malt and hop character to provide excelllent balance
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours dark black with a reddish tan head that quickly dies away. Mmm, the smell is like walking into a nice coffee house; rich dark roasted coffee beans. The beer has a medium to heavy body with a nice low level of carbonation that just tingles on the tongue. Tastes of more roastiness, a little dark chocolate with a slight cola sweetness and a sour/acidic (not unpleasant) finish. Very enjoyable.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (courtesy of kp, thanks!), pours a dark black with minimal dark tan head that quickly drifts to a thin covering; good lacing. Inviting and roasty aroma of espresso and light chocolate. Taste is a very well balanced espresso for a nice taste without coming across as burnt or overdone; just right. Very smooth and thicker palate that holds the aroma and flavor very well. This one lives up to the hype and then some!
alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fresh ’07 bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown almost black with virtually no head. A thin, light brown/cinnamon head does bubble up, but quickly dissipates leaving a ring that clings to the glass with nice lacing. An aroma of big chocolate malts and dark roasted coffee hits you like a ton of bricks. I’m a coffee lover and this just smells damn good. Balanced, smooth and slightly chewy on the palate with big coffee flavor punching through. A touch of bitterness like a cup of straight black dark roast coffee. Finishes smooth and slightly dry. Next to Peche Mortel, this is one of the best coffee stouts I’ve had. If it had enough caffeine to offset the alcohol, I could drink this for breakfast everyday. Definitely a beer that lives up to its billing and a real flagship beer from one of my favorite brewers.
Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, thanks Ughsmash and Hopschotch) Pours black with a huge light brown head. Strong roasted and burned coffee aroma with tones of salty liquorice, new asphalt hyacinth and maybe some smoke. A lot of coffee in the flavour as well with some notes of liquorice, chocolate ice cream and some tar. Soft, smooth but thick and oily mouthfeel with a near full body. Lingering burned coffee and dark malt aftertaste with a light dryness and bitterness. Not overly complex but truly ass kicking.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ughsmash. Pours jet black in color. Dark roasted coffee beans in the aroma. Smells like an iced coffee or sticking your nose into a can of ground coffee. Some sweetness right up front. Roasted coffee dominates. Bitter burnt coffee finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Great stout.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Major thanks to boboski. Ebony black pour with a dark head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate dominate. Palate is more of the same, slightly oily. I could go on and on...Great brew.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amusing label with bibbed baby. Classic stout appearance of ebony body and small garnet fringed tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and Kona coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, soft oats and a hint of nuttiness. First rate stuff that you really can enjoy for breakfast.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 On tap at brewery. Nice tan head. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roast and malt, very creamy, with a nice balancing bitterness. A very balanced brew with a great mouthfeel. Very good stout.
Re-rate: I have had this many times since. Overall, a tasty brew, but lacks the complexity I find in the really top notch imperials.