pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Midnight black pour with very little head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma, alcohol, vanilla, caramel, hops, and fine leather. The palate is silky smooth, lightly carbonated, with an aggressive finish. The taste is initially sweet with a bitting citrus hops middle, and an earthy and dry finish. This is an intense beer. Complex and rich. I would love to see what happens after aging a year or two.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hard to pick up a stout profile with all those hops. For a stout it’s just above average, but for a beer WOW! I could drink this all day.
Hoprider (327) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating goes back a while... Didn’t bother with appearance but noted that the nose had beautiful sweet licorice, brown sugar and mild coffee roast. Flavour has light dark chocolate and again licorice and hops playing in the background. The mouthfeel is rich and the aftertaste is long with hints of hazelnut, vanilla and some raisin and sweet oak. Loved it.
RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured pitch black with a large mocha head and impressive lacing. Aroma is big dark fruit, soy sauce, bakers chocolate, and booziness. Taste is roasted malt and dark chocolate upfront followed by dark fruit and booze. Enjoyable creamy mouthfeel with alcohol warming on the finish and flavors lingering.
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on 11/19/12. Poured into snifter, black with mocha colored two finger head. Smells of cocoa powder, licorice, malts, and alcohol. Taste is licorice up front with semi sweet chocolate... a little alcohol bite, then finishes with the licorice again. Overall a solid imperial stout and i enjoyed it. However I am not sure I would seek it out again.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woof. this stuff is awesome. and the aroma is incredible: something akin to dying roses, incredibly smooth aged bourbon. Same in the flavor with dark dark chocolate, a little bitterness from the hops and a touch of toastiness. Poured into snifter, dark black/brown thin syrupy pour with very little ring of dark tan head. This thing is a behemoth of awesomeness.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with a medium beighe head. Aroma is plenty of licorice, molasses and some piney notes. Some roasted tones aswell but prominent at all. A bit of sweet brown sugar can also be found. Smells lovely! Taste is just thick sweetness and some hoppy notes. pretty sweet, but not overwhelming. Some dark fruits and roasted malt, A bit vinious aswell. Some boozy notes but it fits good with the beer. Really dig the hoppy tones in this one. Mothfeel is creamy/thick. Great!
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Night Stalker on May 8, 2015
Look - Oily black. Thin tan head. No lacing. Fine bubbles.
Smell - Whiskey. Vanilla. Chocolate.
Taste - Whiskey. Vanilla and chocolate fade to a tootsie roll like taste. Alcohol is there. Tannin finish.
Palate - Thick and creamy. Carbonation doesn’t explode.
Overall - It is going to sound blasphemous but it isn’t much different than the barrel aged vanilla Dark Lord I had at DLD.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, 10oz pour - almost didn’t pay the hefty price tag - glad I did though. Thick and Black, with a creamy tan head. Smell is dark dark roasty chocolate, dark fruit, and yes hops are there as well. Flavor is very complex - starts with bittersweet dark chocolate malt, espresso and then it is balanced in the finish by a roasty and hoppy bitterness. Palate is amazing - creamy and thick but very drinkable, I could sip on a lot of this. The only thing that could make this better is putting it in a bourbon barrel.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great brew. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee and sweets. Flavor is even more complex with chocolates, roasted malts, caramel and even some darker fruits.