hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Terrific retention. The aroma and flavor are acidic, smoky and chocolaty. Medium-bodied with a caustic mouthfeel and spritzy carbonation. Burnt, bitter, thin finish. Cheers to mgumby10 for cracking open his bottle to share!
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a very Smoky aroma. Burnt taste. Nice bitterness. Very long aftertaste. Well worth a try.
badlizard (5519) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a fizzy tan head. Strong roasty aroma. Very roasty almost burnt taste with a sweet grainy and herbal tea quality to the finish. A unique beer worth tasting.
SSSteve (3550) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black pour with huge brown head that takes forever to subside. aroma is strangely flowery with notes of rose, hops, apricots and peach. not much of a dark element in the aroma at all. flavor starts out hoppy(apricot) and wheaty giving way to a dry, chalky, chocolate, maple, coffee flavor mid-palate into the finish. nice, new and unique.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Different, but not what I would consider good. Watered-down mouthfeel w/ a metallic finish.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got me one of these bottles from Riversbend and another from TurdFerguson in the mystery swap: This one pours very dark brown, almost black. The head pours very sizable and one of the darkest heads Ive ever seen. Smell is a suprisingly not what I expected. I was expecting a nice roasty smell, but I got more of a sweet chocolate smell. This one smells almost like mocha. Taste is a little bit more like I was expecting from the smell. There is a fair roastiness in this, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, a touch of coffee and a hint of a nuttiness taste. The more I drink, the more the coffee flavor seems to pull away from the other flavors. This one feels just a touch on the watery side. Carbonation is just right on this one. I wonder if sitting on the other bottle will make this taste a little more complete.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the New York release at Hop Devil Grill. Dark, roasted malts is the big story in this imperial. The mouthfeel isn’t as silky as the really good ones, nor is there the big coffee chocolate that is common among the heavy hitters that litter our beloved Top 50 here. You can actually feel carbonation instead of the usual oily, motor oil. This stuff is a nice change from those. Would I prefer a thicker body, sure. Do I like this as a nice alternative, sure.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From secret Santa! Pours black, with a smallish light tan head. Smells of big dark fruits, dark malts, light chocolate, and definitely get that wheaty aroma in there too. A wheat stout is definitely an interesting idea. The taste is very roasty, with alot of toasted malts, slight bitterness, chocolate, and some of that wheat is certainly noticeable. Not a whole lot, but its there. Nice big flavor, i enjoyed it.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Onyx pour with 2-finger brown head. Aroma of roasty dark patent malt, chocolate syrup, black strap molasses, slight hops and coffee. Tasted roasty dark malty, with chocolate syrup at mid-palate, plus brown sugary molasses, hops, and some figs. I didn’t detect any wheat in this. The palate was medium in heft. This one is very well made.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Batch 73. Deep black, with a substantial, frothy brown head that does not diminish at all. Rich roasted chocolate malt aroma, with some coffee and mild anise. Burnt coffee flavor, with some cocoa and tar. Long, astringent finish. Looks and smells better than it tastes.