Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich opaque black color, with a small filmy head of light tan. Aromatics are very roasty, burnt, malt accented with a touch of chocolate and fruit, along with the aroma hops, which are fortunately very mellow and only provide a slight hint of apricot and citrus fruits. Flavor begins with a plethora of sharp anise notes, which leads into a light array of currant and charred fruits. Chocolate covered truffles finish things out, underneath a rich roastyness and an easily perceptible hop flavor and bitterness on the finish. A bit hoppy, especially in the flavor...compared to what I generally enjoy in the style. But the malt flavor is still phenomenal and the texture and body remains very rich throughout.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and licorice. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, and bitter coffee in the finish. Light alcohol present as well. Creamy and smooth body. Very easy to drink.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to bbb63 for the bottle, poured an oily black with very little to no head, what there was formed a thin tan ring around the inside of the glass.aroma is burnt coffee with bits of licorice and vanilla. taste has a front end with a dark chocolate and a deep coffee + malt ending. just a little tang on your tounge at the end to indicate the abv, along with a touch of bitterness...neither one does anything negative to this highly tasty impy...thanks mike.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick black pour, deeply tanned creamy head. Nose was you typical bittersweet chocolate, toffee, toast, and mild coffee, with a very light vanilla and vinous tone to it. Really needed to work hard for the aroma though which is the only negative I could come up with. It had a rich bittersweet chocolate malty flavor up front, with a nice dose of hoppy bitterness at the end rounding it out. Full bodied and syrupy, pillow soft carbonation, slight drying, bittersweet finish. Nice brew...
1FastSTi (3235) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 Odd looking egg-drop soup + rocky head. Pitch black. Head is brown with pretty decent lacing. Aroma is of quality dark bitter chocolate. Strong on pour and then died down a bit. Grass or floral hops and some caskyness. Flavor has the initial bite of alcohol. The finish is dark bitter chocolate and cocoa powder. LOTS of malt. Kinda Samiclaus like in the palate and maltiness. Chalky after swallowing. Medium full mouthfeel with EXTREME carbonation. Sweetness lingers on the palate. Lots of alcohol. Iíd suggest letting this one air out a bit (like a wine).
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and rich, mocha head. Smooth, thick, roasty toasty, delicious. Alcohol was hidden well. A nice local go-to impy. Thanks Crawfords!
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark soulful pour, with blood red port colored edges. Practically still, with an extremely thin brown head, all gone. Strong, bursting aroma of brandy, aged malt, and roasted beef, with a little tangy soy sauce in the back ground. Front end of the flavor profile is fruity, almost floral, but then slides backward, lighting up a big maduro cigar. An amazing transition from the bright sweet front end to a mellow, oaky rich dark and smoky back end. Flavors seemed reserved and alcohol beautifully presented, barely making a noticeable presence, except to round out the profile. Palate is coated with a slick, slightly sweet burnt malt and caramel tang. No very crisp; tends to just dissolve across the palate, oozing out in the bottom of the mouth. A little hops breathes some life into the aftertaste and nose of this beer, giving that citrus and floral quality to an already well rounded and deep beer. Serving this at cellar temp is no joke; itís the only way to go.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours like motor oil with an average-sized tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Rich chocolate malt flavor.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours syrupy, dark with dark bropwn head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is of chocolate, smokey. Taste is mainly chocolate, creamy,.smokey, small hints of caramel and coffee, but mostly a chocolate malt. Great Stout
liquidcrack (44) - Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black pour with slight dark tan head. very full aroma. taste full of coffee, chocolate, and usual imp st flavors. nice thick mouthfeel. slightly too smokey for me. donít get me wrong, definitely would keep some on hand.