harrisoni (14509) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005. Nice one Duff!!! Black beer with red/beige head. Aroma blows you away. Tarry, treacle, molasses. Most intense beer you could make of a stout. Rich and thick in mouth with a big hop wallop on the end. Wish I could put over how much flavour there is in this. Happily sit for an entire evening with a couple of bottles of this, just enjoying the aromas. 4.8/5.0
Re-rate Draught at Norrebro, Copenhagen. Minty grapefruit. Yes, I love the hops, yes I love the smoothness Bit of wood on aroma. Bit of whisky malt. Intense and interesting. REally good dark choc and this espresso coffee edge. More choc than coffee. I mean it’s still a really good beer. Lovely hop on finish too.
pilsnerrogge (2577) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 Almost black with a nice head. Malt and liquorice aroma. Roasty malt & coffe flavor with raisins in the background. The flavour last "forever". A beer for cold winter nights and good books.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled@Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Almost pitch black with beige, lacy head. Very malty, smooth, licoricey and mildly fruity aroma. Dark-bready, extremely malty and quite bitter flavor with hints of roasted coffee and licorice. Very full-bodied, bitter and slicky palate with almost no carbonation. A nice and roasty, licoricey imperial stout. Slightly harsh bitterness for perfection.
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 (Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Black with a wonderful lasting brown head. Great aroma from vanilla, malty and milky, with notes of tar and licorice. Flavor from cocoa, tar and licorice, malty chocolate, some vanilla, salty and a bit peppery. Very strong and warming wth out tasting of alcohol. Has a long bitter finish and a wonderful body. One of the best beers on the festival...
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival) Black as coal with a firm brown head. Deep and sweet aroma of black coffee, flowers, vanilla, coconuts and alcohol. Bitter flavour of coffee, wood, hops and unsweetened chocolate. Sweet undertones of vanilla. Long bitter and woody aftertaste.
jcwattsrugger (11321) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bomber –pours a brown, thick creamy head. Color is black. Aroma is sweet, malt, alcohol. Taste follows, (too) intense for my tastes.
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great imperial stout, coffe and malty aromas. taste is full of coffe and burnt barley, chocolate and oak tones also.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark black, completely opaque. Dark beige head. Aroma is earthy and strong with licorice and coffee. Roasted chocholate with oak and espresso. Good hoppiness at finish. Very good beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rustic red wine oak aroma, pitch black with a large tightly packed dark brown head, the oak hits right away like licking the inside of a barrel, then it mellows out into a desert like rich dark chocolate, a distinct burntness like tobacco lingers then a burst of hoppiness before a hint of sweetness and once again overpowering oak, mouthfeel is creamy yet assertive, overall I think it is an excellent beer yet the oak is perhaps overly prevalent
jefcon (1451) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a lively brownish head that lingers, piling up in the corners of the glass. Strong, longlasting aromas of vanilla, orange, coffee, caramel, and nuttiness. A bite of alcohol and full hops precedes a slightly bitter coffee bean/chocolate beer. It’s creamy on the tongue, and finishes with a somewhat dry vanilla coda. Lacing sticks to the glass like you wouldn’t believe. Rich, complex, and amazingly balanced.