yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber all to myself.. Pours black and thick like liquid tar with a small dark tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and hops. Flavor is rich, thick, and heavy with burnt malt, espresso coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. Almost too much at once, this beers sips slow. Long roasty bitter hop finish. The flavors are so intense it’s a while before you even think about alcohol being present, and it packs a good kick at 9.5% Amazing that so much can be packed into a beer. Everything about it is massive. A bomber is almost too much for one person. Not something you will want to drink every day, but awesome.
zach8270 (3858) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Dark black pour with a long and lasting tan head. Very thick and rich aroma of roasted malts, alcohol and sweet malts and molasses. The taste is very sweet at the beginning, lots of roasted and toasted malts and chocolate. The middle has more of a hoppy bite with some possible toffee taste mixed in. The finish is very rich and sweet with lots of alcohol and surprisingly not much aftertaste.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours redish black with a thin beige/yellow head with some lacing. Roasted, acidic nose with small hints of orange. Burnt flavour, with some notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Rounded taste. A very pleasant imperial stout-ish acidicness in finish.
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted coffee, licourice, dark chocolate and caramel is clearly detectable in the powerfull yet plesant aroma. Pitch black, creamy with a nice brown head that (like in all Great Divide beers) clings to he inside of the glass. The flavour is much like any strong stout but the amount of hops is much greater then I am used to in a stout - and maybe a little to much for me. The 9,5% alcohol is totally hidden by all the other flavours
TBone (14158) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black, creamy small expresso head. Flowery hops in the nose. Lots of licorice and hops. Long roasted licorice flavor in the aftertaste.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22-oz bottle. Pours near opaque with a medium dark brown rocky head and excellent spotty lacing. Chocolate alcohol malt (dark roasted grain) aroma with coffee and caramel notes and some hoppy pine near the end. Hoppy acidic dry alcohol dark roasted caramel malt flavor. Dry and full bodied palate, wonderful mouthfeel. Great brew but the oak aged is better.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As black as can be, brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Plenty of hops to counteract all the roasted and malt flavors, with plenty of bite in the aftertaste. A really nice brew.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged for 7 months. Rich aroma of coffee, dry chocolate, cerries and bourbon. Awesome oily black pour, with a fantastic choco-nute ruby tinged head. The lacing is out of this world. Fresh roasted coffee, touch of dark chocolate, fresh roasted almonds, and a hint of butter and diacetyls dominate flavor. But are backed with this overriding astringent, biting, acidic hop tone that puts me off a bit. Typical of GD, too many hops unbalances the beer for me. Alcohol hides well. Dry smack, with some charcoal notes. Aftertaste has decent oat, earth and grass notes. Solid but not astounding, again hop imbalance throws me off. Bitter hop sugar aftertaste.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2005 22oz bottle. Opaque black pour, thick and syrupy from the looks, with tan head. Huge semi-sweet and dark chocolate aroma with lots of raisins and some plum. Creamy thick mouthfeel. Huge inital flavor of sweet chocolate and roasted malts, then some raisins and plums, and turns into a fairly bitter bite at the end which lingers a little. Some smoke and toffee/coffee to the flavor. As it warms, the initial flavors are like luxurious chocolate milk. 9.5% is well hidden. Simply awesome.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle received as a gift from my Secret Santa.. Thanks Mullman - Pours black and thick with a brown creamy head that laces quite well. Aromas of chocolate covered raisins, plums and a bit of coffee. Flavor is beautifully smokey, quite coffee-like, roasted malts, some plum, a touch of caramel, and a great chocolate coating over it all. The taste is quite complex and quite delicious. The palate is amazing. Absolutely great feel in the mouth thick and chewy but oh so creamy and smooth. So rich and so delicious.. I hardly noticed the 75 IBUs, but then I hardly noticed the 9.5% alcohol either. I’m looking forward to trying the Oak Aged.. I find it difficult to figure out how this could improve much more. Great stuff.