Floback (526) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. This pours a dark, syrupy liquid that looks menacingly potent. The head is dark brown and frothy before it dies down to a ring of toffee-colored bubbles. The aroma is huge with dark fruits, lots of chocolate, blatant alcohol, and vanilla. The flavor is quite roasty with multiple layers of flavor: vanilla, oak, chocolate, cognac, coffee, molasses, soy sauce, and alcohol. Huge body and soft carbonation. Definitely a winter warmer here as the brew warms the throat when swallowed. A deep and intense stout for sure.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black pour with a medium chocolate brown head, minimal lacing and short-lived retention that leads to a thin ring along the insides of the glass. Aroma consist of anise, coffee, slightly earthy with subtle dark chocolate. On the tongue it’s heavy cloying sweetness, very lightly bitter, with flavors of maple syrup, coffee, dark chocolate and light smoke. Palate is full bodied, oily feel, soft carbonation, with long semi-bitter finish. Moderate warmth from the ABV. A nice Impy Stout, but could be improved in the appearance dept. and by being a little more aggressive with the hop schedule.
SirLimpsalot (2251) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
På flasken står det at det er en ale, men jeg synes da at "nesten-porter" er en mer korrekt betegnelse. Fargen er veldig mørk, prosentsatsen på hele 11 %, og den har en god porsjon sjokolade-malt. Jeg har jo en ekstra liten kjærlighet for porter, men denne syntes jeg liksom er noe midt i mellom. Den er for tung for å være en ale, men den er for klein til å være en porter. Uansett så var den sånn passe hyggelig allikevel. Jeg syntes kanskje den var litt for søt, men den har en grei smak og hyggelig varme. Det ble et flott skum i glasset, men det forsvant litt for fort.
beernbourbon (1310) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is as black as any I have had and the head is dark brown almost reddish purple. Looks ominous and awesome. Viscous, but not as much as I though it might be. Aroma is roasted malt, light coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate dipped graham cracker, and a faint hop crispness. Flavor is huge and smooth. Up front, a bit of alcohol and light a light peaty flavor intermixed with large roasted malt flavor. Also a faint smokiness and lots of milk chocolate. This beer is very smooth and very tasty. Really well done.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colored brew. Aroma is malty, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is malty, espresso, chocolate, some fruits. Very nice bitterness.
Beerdedone (2663) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours motor oil black with a small brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, caramel and alcohol. Flavor was dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted malts, black coffee, faint licorice and had a touch of smokiness with a thick and oily mouthfeel and had a dry slightly bitter warming finish. Awesome brew
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with asamll tan head. Has a sweetish malty chcolate aroma. Roasted mallty chocolate flavor with some vinous hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
douglas88 (6124) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared generously by footbalm, thanks again Eric- you are the man! Pours a completely opaque color, dark brown, a medium brown head that goes down to nothing. The aroma is very nice; rich cocoa, roasted malts, hops stand out, light fruit struggles to get through. The flavor is similar; the dominating flavor is dry rich cocoa, roasted malts, some hops, lighter dark fruits. Very drinkable despite the ABV and very nice.
Ratman197 (9952) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, charcoal, dark fruit licorice, oak and coffee. Palate was full bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, oak, dark fruit, roasted malt, light licorice and light coffee with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity finish.
neepsntatties (1216) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Colour... jet black with a very thin chocolate brown head. When swirled it coats the sides intensely and has one helluva tendril effect! Nose... black coffee, lots of dark chocolate, some soy and roasted malt. Palate... incredibly viscous, sweet, coffee, smoke, oak, molasses, lots of dark sweet chocolate. Uff da, dis is nice stuff!