rdawson321 (145) - USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 Pours like oil with a thick lasting head. Aroma fills the room like freshly brewed coffee. Exceptionally complex, you need the full 22 oz bottle to find everything. Rather high ABV is masked very well (until you try to stand up). Super heavy and super hoppy, notes of chocolate, caramel, smoke, toffee, and brown sugar. Very smooth, very thick, very good. Expensive brew, but worth every penny.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent beer. One of the heaviest beers I have ever consumed (think 10W-5). The flavour well masks the very high alcohol content (chocolate and malt).
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours out like motor oil - thick, brownish-black, viscous - with a medium tan head that clings nicely to the glass. The aroma wafted up with a strong roasted malt and chocolate tone with some coffee and caramel notes. The flavor is just massive roasted malt in the beginning with some milk chocolate sweetness, coffee and smoke undertones and then finishes with a very interesting hoppy flavor. I had a hard time beliving this came out of a bottle because it was so smooth and rich as if it came out on a nitrogen tap. It’s an extremely complex beer, and the awesome flavor hides it’s high alcohol content very well. Just about as good a beer that I have had thus far.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 One of the thickest beers I’ve ever come across. Pours is midnight black, viscous, with no head. Roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee dominate the nose. Very thick mouthfeel with the same flavors. Light smokiness and caramel come through with it. The end is a nice bitter hop, which is different end for such a heavy beer. Don’t plan on having a heavy meal within 24 hours of this one.
JimJam (4) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours rich and thick, with a nice dark creamy head. aroma is of perfectly roasted malt living in balance with a strong hoppy undertone. velvet mouth feel. the beer has a great start and finishes with a bang, every sip is a joy.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown color with brown head. thick, rich coffee flavor, smoke. finishes kind of bitter. a big, complex experience.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bomber. This one looked great coming out of the bottle. Pours a dark, oily black with a brown rocky head that has an almost orange tint to it. Very cool. Molasses, roasted coffee, and chocolate dominate the aroma. The taste has a lot of bitter chocolate and coffee. Nice and thick in the palate. This is one phenominal stout.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
While it looks great, the aroma of this beer led me to believe I would be sampling an average imperial stout. Boy, was I wrong. In the mouth there’s a whole range of flavors that make this a very complex imperial stout. I would say that it rivals Stone’s.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge imperial stout. Massive aromas of hops and a good amount of alcohol. Flavor is deep and roasted, bitter chocolate, espresso and a wallop of hops. Nice dry finish with a bitterness that creeps up the sides of your tongue.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Pours black with nice brown head, mostly diminishing, nice lacing. The aroma is big and roasted, lots of chocolate, some fruity esters, some citrus hops, a bit of alcohol. The flavor is very dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit, caramel, a touch of citrus comes at the end. The texture is thick and creamy, very coating. The finish is long and warming.