RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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Pours an absolutely pitch black with no hints of light creeping through the edges. Itís topped by a one inch dark brown head that slowly fades to a thick cap and leaves behind an impressive webbing of lace.
Smell; some bitter hops are first to float out of the glass, followed very closely by roasted malts, dark chocolate and rich espresso. I also get some hints of dark fruits and molasses.
Taste; the piney hops, roasted malts and coffee really play well together. Dark chocolate and fruits flow through in the middle, and a nice sweetness counters a strong alcohol presence in the finish. Muhfeel is full bodied and silky smooth, but with the high abv the drinability takes a bit of a hit.
milewide (2039) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color. Nice solid palate. Flavor mostly roasted malt, but hops make it pleasantly bitter rather than sweet.
browner (41) - Delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 A beauty of a thick pour. If you love stout and coffee this is for you. Deep, delicious and well balanced. Well done !
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
BOOM! This is a killer Imperial Stout. Pours deep black with a minimal tan head. Thick and creamy with hints of burnt cocoa and espresso. 9.5% abv is hidden with ease. A perfectly balanced Imperial Stout!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Aroma: Big roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee, cocoa, plums, brown sugar, and cream. Appearance: Pours black with no highlights. Dark tan head was full and creamy with good retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Semi-sweet maltiness with a touch of fresh cream. Coffee, chocolate, anise, dark fruits. Bitterness seemed to be an equal measure hops and malt and worked well with the rest of the beer. Nicely balanced. Alcohol was well hidden. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming in rear of mouth. Overall: Liked this almost as much as the Oak Aged Yeti. Nice smooth flavors.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 (Bottled, 0.33l) Pitch black with a medium, tight, brown and lasting head. Very malty, roasty and somewhat licoricey, delicious aroma with (a bit too evident) alcohol presence. Deliciously malty, quite roasty flavor with strong, bitter hops, licorice hints, a bit ashy finish, and well hidden alcohol. Not that complex, but very pleasant. Quite full-bodied, smooth and medium-carbonated palate. A great Imperial Stout with the emphasis on licorice and alcohol (beside the enormous roasty maltiness). As expected, itís great with 70% chocolate :).
(Bottled, 0.66l, was 8-4-9-5-16=4.2) Almost black with a small but lasting head. Very licoricey, slightly alcoholic aroma with vinous feel and quite a lot of malt. Sweetish-malty, very licoricey flavor with a smoothly hoppy. Quite full-bodied, very smooth palate with the strong hoppiness drowning in the malt. A delicious impy with all the ingredients necessary.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasted malt,chocolate and hops stand out in the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Get some chocolate,coffee and roasted malts in the flavor.Full mouthfeel with some chocolate and alcohol in the finish.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours as dark as the devilís heart, great dark head, tons of hops, tons of malts great balance I really enjoyed this one a lot, however I prefered the oak aged by just a touch. A very big and delicious beer.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely dark with brown froth. Strong aroma of coffee, chocolate syrup, alcohol, and some hops. Nice strong but smooth flavors of bittersweet chocolate, hops, and coffee. Bready, with a very thick, syrupy texture that makes the sweetness a bit too cloying. Slightly bitter finish.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle - pours thick and inky, opaque black with a nice tan brown head on top. Aroma is big and hoppy with chocolate and toffee notes dominating. Awesomely huge, with faint alcohol notes hiding in the background. Really nice. The mouthfeel on this is one of the thickest and most syrupy Iíve yet experienced in a stout. Flavour is full of stuff - intensely roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, some coffee, hops, with a nice bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol warms the mouth and throat. Awesome stuff! Something Iíd like to regularly keep on hand.