brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: As the name would imply this beer is black as night with a moderate tan head.
S: A lot of citrusy hops (grapefruit in particular) which is an interesting contrast to the chocolate, roast, and coffee undertones of the imperial stout.
T: Quite a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate. But, these are really masked a bit too much by the grapefruit hop flavors. That said, this is done more tactfully than Darkness 09. The alcohol presence is fairly minimized by the shear number of different flavors present in the beer.
M: The body is quite full with a moderate carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.
D: I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time, and I was pleased by how it tasted. But, I think I would prefer this beer in 6 months to a year when the hops have died down.
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malt, fennel, chocolate, herbs, and pine. Flavor of roasted malt, grapefruit, chocolate, licorice, toffee, pine, florals, and coffee with a dry, moderately bitter finish. Excellent!
bhensonb (12042) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very black with a dark tan creamy head. Aromas of dark malt, chocolate and liquorice. Full bodied. Flavor is all of the foregoing with perhaps a touch of treacle. It’s not bitter, but there’s apparently enough hop to keep it from being excessively sweet. With a little time some hop shows up in the nose. So of course hop becomes a more prominent flavor with time. But on one level this is a big, gooey, but not all that sweet ale. AND!!! Not a trace of heat. Wowser!
chrisv10 (11994) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with tiny brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a little caramel. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, caramel, vinous and oak.
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some milk chocolate, roast, grapefruit, light anise, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, orange, some grapefruit, light roast, alcohol warming. Grapefruit becomes more pronounced in both aroma and taste as the beer warms. Anise and some cherry creep in too. Grapefruit/orange hop burp. Smooth medium-full body, dangerously easy drinking. Damn, they aren’t kidding about the dry hopping. If Goose Island called this an IIBA, I couldn’t argue with them.
Tmoney99 (11614) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Catskeller.
A - Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy dark brown head that lasted with excellent lacing.
S- Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel, hops and alcohol aroma.
T - Heavy bittersweet roasted malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet, rye and small alcohol bite finish of long duration.
M - Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.
D - This is a standout beer.
Christian (11546) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruit, licorice and pine hops. Sweet licorice, toffee and molasses flavour with a hoppy finish
thewolf (11362) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Voldby Købmandsgård.
Pours is utterly deep black with a lovely, staying, small, creamy, cappucino head. Very complex aroma, lots of hops, dark chocolate, coffee and light roasted malts. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus. Light resiny and fresh. Lowish carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel. Lots of dryness. Flavour is hoppy again, grapefruit, pine, lots of dark chocolate, coffee, mildly vinious, light liqourice. Long, lingering, warming and quite bitter finish. A very good hoppy Imperial Stout.
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@CBC–on tap-pours a light tan head with black color. Aroma is resin hops, dark malt-roasty. Taste follows. Full body.
Pinball (11065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very dark, small light brown head.
roasted stuff, fresh hops in the aroma. very balanced and delicate. mild.
flavor is very interesting. strong roasted grains, caramel, malts, strong hoppy balance, crystal clear giant clash between great hops , great malty sweetness and great roasted stuffness. Alc. is a little bit too dominant as in many goose island dark beers, but i must admit this one is clearer and more to the point than most of them.