Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from lumpy, thanx man. Poured black and thick, like used motor oil. cannot see any light through this bad boy. Tight, creamy rich brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate and roasted malts. Oh, mmmmmm. Sweet candy chocolate with a caramel back bone followed bye a hoppy-pine finish. This clings to my mouth. Feel full and decadent. As this warms, the hops really come foward and almost dominate, which is OK by me. The final sweetness is blended with the alcohol, which at 9.5%, is going to pack a wallop when I work my way through 22oz bottle of Black lushes hoopy love.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 Black and thick as used motor oil, I love this stuff already. Fluffy, whipped chocolate mousse head...must have stayed around for 10 minutes at least. Lace is sticky, probably gonna need a scrubber to get it out of the glass. Aroma is not as massive as it’s appearance would lead you to believe that it should be, roasted malt, woody, some chocolate and coffee backer but only slightly so. The flavor is amazing. Strong roasty malt right up front, burnt wood, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with a welcomed bitterness to finish. Body is big, deep, thick and oily, and definitely silky smooth. This is a must have.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just traces of a dark orange head. Of course the body is black. The aroma is relatively light with some grass, tobacco and brown sugar. The taste is very roasted with hints of raspberries, dark chocolate and toffee. A relatively light impy stout. Plenty of carbonation. A solid, but not spectaular brew.
Frank (2305) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark black with a big old brown head. Nose is luxiurious with velvet strains of milk chocolate, coffee and raspberry. Thick and luscious--incredibly smooth aside from an aggressive touch from the hops. Silky smooth carbonation and nary a hint of alcohol. Not obnoxiously complex so it retains an all too easy drinkability. Reminds me somewhat of Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout--a high compliment coming from me.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body seems to be thick on the pour, opaque with a deep mocha head. Aroma is chocolate malt, coffee, alcohol, caramel. Taste is toffee, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol coverage is very average. It is pretty damn hoppy that really holds back some of the sweetness that you’d usually catch.
osmg95 (44) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a big fan of this beer. I do love my stout but this one is too bitter for me. Not smooth enough. I can see how people would like this beer but it’s just too bitter and "burnt" for me.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet molasses nose with a hint of toast and wood. Black onyc color and a lovely light brown head. Chocolate, coffee, nuts and roasted flavors with a licorice end. Low bitter, but a dry woody end. Massive imperial stout that I’d love to try again.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours blackedy black black, head is darker brown than most dark brown beers, lots of lace and head is long lasting. Molasses and whiskey in the aroma with some hops and dark chocolate. Big flavor, pretty roasty, whiskey again, dark chocolate and a pretty hoppy finish. Big body, a little dryer, lingering coffee and hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Quite good. Thanks rudolf for having your friend pick this up for me.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Powerful. Pours oil-thick with dark brown to black head that stands on its own. Sweet, sticky, strongly hopped on taste and aftertaste, but aroma is coffee and chocolate and whiskey. What a treat!
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oily black with a VERY thin lacing that was dark brown for a head. The lacing diminished quickly into the bottomless depths of this brew. Strong hop presence in the aroma. Chocolate, fig, and alcohol are also present in this very rich and complex aroma. Taste is quite hoppy with a slight warming sensation from the alcohol. Starts out with a hoppy chocolate taste that fades to a muted bitter coffee. A good amount of roastiness in this beer as well. Oily mouthful with a dry finish.