noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Roasted malts and chocolate, and no matter how much I’ve inhaled, it doesn’t fade. Appearance: Thick pour, darkest brown, thin brown head, minimal spotty lace. Flavor: Big roast malt flavor at the front, building towards lots of sweet cream on the mid-palate. Dark fruits abound, and some not-so-dark fruits as well (apricot, bitter melon...) Dark, bitter chocolate was there all along, but comes to the fore in the finish. Palate: Starts prickly, drinks smooth, and finishes dusty.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an oily black with just a very thing tan film of a head. Of course the coffee comes on strong in the nose but beyond that I pick up some notes of molasses. This is definitely not one of those sweet imp. stouts. Bitter black coffee dominates with a bit of black patent malt like taste and a lingering chocolate finish. Solid and bitter to the end. Just not mind blowing.
msante79 (2215) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with no head except for thin ring on edges of my snifter. Aroma is rich coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is heavy with coffee. Also taste chocolate and roasted malt and touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth. Similar brew to Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel and Speedway Stout. Not a huge fan of stouts with big coffee flavors but this is not overdone.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - OCT 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste 10/8 Looks: Opaque/black, thin clinging head. Aroma: Nice dark roast malt and coffee blend. Some chocolate in there as well. Taste: Thick and rich coffee with a little chocolate. Smooth, even and hides the alcohol well.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of gillard.
One amazing brew. Hard to put down.
Pours black, with a nice brownish/yellowish head.
Aroma is filled with nice coffee notes.
Taste, your fill of coffee, light grains and malty.
Not much else to say, this is just one amazing Imp. Stout. Very drinkable, loaded with coffee and a good presence f alcohol.
piscator34 (2130) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Pitch black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of booze. Flavor wise, it’s all coffee upfront before a mellow malt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oatmeal and herbal hop push from mid-sip to finish. Heavy bodied without being cloying or lifeless. Very nice.
beermaster1 (6) - , Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
personally i am not a huge coffee lover..but give this beer its due... enorormous nose of expresso & FUCKING MORE EXPRESSO... the palate on this beer is like no other.. creamy yet not sweet.. in the wine world it would be described as velvety... to bad I ONLY COULD BUY 3 CASES
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 On tap at The Lackman. Pours deep black with a small creamy cappuccino head. Delicate lacing of the glass. Aroma of dark-roasted coffee is immediately apparent. Taste of rich, fresh, black coffee with bittersweet and dark chocolate. Medium-thin, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is deliciously bitter and lingering. Always a pleasure to drink and an absolute favorite.
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Black pour with thin tan head. Coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Full bodied, silky, very thick. Tastes like a cold, carbonated mocha with a touch of vanilla. Very sticky, aftertaste lingers. Amazing.
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Really nice chocolate aroma with a touch of hops in the bouquet. Very dark pour with head and lacing typical of a stout. Smooth mouthfeel with a sweet finish. I really enjoyed this one.