nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I like the aroma a lot with a ton of dark roasted malt and sweet fruit. The appearance is super deep brown with a large foamy tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a good beer.
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Brown head. Pitch black. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet. Palate is thick, not much carbotante, very pleasant. Flavours of roasted malts, coffee and sweet raisins. Bitterish end. Very well balanced beer. side note: I can’t distinguish wheat from this.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with good size brown head. Aroma of sweet malt and chocolate. Chocolate, sweet malt, coffee, and bread flavors present and finished rather harsh.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 500 ml. bottle from 2007. This poured out a solid black with a massive mocha brown head that had good durability and left a thick, but spotty, lace. Rather unique aroma with notes of burnt coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and pepper. Bitter malt flavors predominate, and very little sweetness is noted, and the bitterness lingers, although not objectionably. The medium/full body and carbonation match well with the aroma and flavor, and there is a certain chewiness in the bitter, and mildly astringent, finish. Other that the huge head, I’m not sure what the wheat malt brings to the table here. I think the usual wheat flavors and aromas are just overshadowed by all of the dark malt. Still, it’s an enjoyable beer.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Jerc and Mabel, shared with them. Nice aroma - strong roast, rich chocolate. Pitch black, great looking small brown bubbly head. Neat carbonated mouthfeel (for the style). Neat roasted sweet taste. Some alcohol present. Good stuff.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle batch #73 brewed april 07. Pours dark brown/black with a
huge foamy light brown head. Aroma is dark fruits, citrus, tingly, banana
some subtle dark malts underneath. A hint of chocolate. The fruity
aspect really dominates the aroma. Nice dark chocolate taste. Bitter.
Not nearly as fruity or citrusy in the taste as it is in the smell. Medium bodied.
Strong. Noticeable hops. Very bitter. Long finish. Nice.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark in color with a small head. Aroma very mild or lacking. Soft chocolate and bitterness. Taste hoppy and bit foody. Rich body but not too heavy. Thought I would have more to say abou this oddball but it was not all that complex.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark dark dark brown black with a dense light brown head. Roast coffee. Barely a sign of esters. A bit sweet. Some smal dark fruit. Soft carbonation. Decent body. Low carbonation, a bit viscous. Dark coffee roast. Charcoal. A bit of alcohol over some esters. Some prunes. A dry boozy finish.
skortila (5161) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Aroma has coffee, some dark fruits and coffee. Black coloured with a medium brown head. Taste is sweet, chocolate bitter, some dark fruits, some roast, some vanilla. Creamy texture. Nice balance. Decent imperial stout.
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of dusty fruit with some faint chocolate, alcohol, and faint roasted malt. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a moderate brown head with decent retention. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and roasted malt. The finish has sort of a brunt grain flavor with some light piney bitterness.