qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, dark brown almost black, dark brown head, nice lacing, aroma of hops upon opening and coffee takes over, nice taste of hops with chocolate and coffe, mild earthy tones at the end. nice.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks joet! This is one big beer. Surprisingly hoppy aroma, loads of aromatic, piney, citric hops. The roasted malt character is definitely hidden in the aroma by the hops. The palate is quite intense, very sweet and very bitter all at the same time. Heavy with flavour, ashy, roasty, burnt malts, and intense hops sweetness and then bitterness. It was little bit over the top perhaps, but i can’t score this badly. Intense stuff.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. One of the most attractive beers I’ve ever seen. Big and black with a gorgeous frothy coffee coloured head. The aroma has chocolate malt, burnt malt and hops. The taste is chewy and sugary. There are also caramel, chocolate and butterscotch notes. Quite full bodied with a good mouthfeel but not as impressively tasty as North Coast Rasputin. The alcohol doesn’t make much of an appearance.
SilkTork (5359) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The Kilburn Gathering. Black with an oily dark brown coffee coloured foam - such an inviting and beautiful colour. Aroma is interesting, like an IPA and a stout. Oh! No! Taste is rough. That IPA and stout clash is really hard to take. This feels crude and ugly. Nothing like any Imperial Stout I’ve had. Gee. This is a dark hop monster. Coffee and mad citric hops - what an ugly and insane combination. Sweet and way off balance. This is like some mad stuff just thrown together to see what happens. And for my palate this mad chef’s concoction does not work.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Bottle at Chris’ - thanks joet.
Very dark with a beautiful chocolate head. Lovely strong aroma of chocolate, no apparent alcohol, beefy. Strong flavoured with sweet malt, chocolate and coffee and a really strange addition of piney, citric, resiny American hops.
chiefruninbeer (1) - shawnee, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 31, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Diesel oil viscosity with a brown head. Huge chocolate malt and roasted grain smell. Sweet chocolate and toasted malt taste . Thick and juicy on the tongue . A regular in my fridg.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like used motor oil. Thick and black forming a small brown head. Huge roasty malt nose with a pronounced burnt sugar note. Flavor has large ammounts of chocolate and coffee that lingers on the palate almost too long. Excellent brew and I will make this a regular.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours just like many people say: motor oil. Creamy dark brown head that sticks to the side of the glass like glue. I smell a musty chocolate and heavy licorice. It tastes very complex to me. Starting from a fruity raisin or date like taste, turning into a black licorice then finishing off strong chocolate. It fealt thick in my mouth and seemed to be gritty near the bottom of the glass. I enjoyed this, but couldn’t drink a lot of it.
Aurelius (4572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark malt-hoppy aroma with whiffs of chocolate and some fruit. Very drinkable but not very complicated. I like the throwback label -- reminds me of a bad Johnny Quest cartoon from my childhood in the 60’s. A good balance between bitter cocoa, sweetness, roast and hops. Pours like pothole patch. Strong but very drinkable. The main flaw is some greenish nut/grassy thing going on but it’s minor. A sturdy effort. Medium-heavy body.
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.