beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Color was not what I was expecting, so it was a nice surprise to see it pour into the glass very dark brown, very thick and creamy looking, its almost black. Growing tannish head with lots of divets and thick foaminess.
Smells of a heavy roasted malt, deep chocolate with some spicey hop notes. What a sniffer, you also smell the strong % of alcohol. Put spiced vodka in with a chocolate - chocolate chip cookie mix and you'd get this smell. Well maybe.
Taste is outstanding. Super complex. Super smooth and syrupy. Is very earthy and deep. Hugely done, heavily roasted malt, giving the all around chocolate taste a deep, sweet feel of a dark chocolate. Has a bit of spice from hops that balances well.
Has many levels of feel, but I think earthly creamy/syrupy is the overall on this bad boy. Has some dryness and sweet tingley things going on in there as well. Complex city.
TheBeerGod (5949) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird nose on this one. Almost had a stale or flat aroma to it. Seemed like a musty malt aroma. The taste has a little more to offer with malt, alcohol notes, fruit, and a hint of cocoa, but starts a little harsh. Nice body with a pleasant aftertaste. Finishes very smooth considering the original scent and taste.
jgb9348 (5561) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, Dark brown in colour with a long lasting off-white head. The smell is really strong and of tobacco and smoke characteristics. The taste is very strong and very smokey. After tasting this, I figured I'd come online and find out that this is a 'smoked' beer, but i've found out its really not. A good beer, and definately one that should be tried, because I don't think it really fits into the Traditional Ale category. I bought this as a single bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2004 Rerate thanks to Jimmmack04. I don’t know if this beer changed or if I have just grown more appreciative of certain styles, especially innovative ones. All I can say about this beer is it reminds me of a fine cigar after a full meall and with a fine bourbon or scotch. Flavorfull and full with a rich, sweet fruity flavor tempered by tobacco smokiness. Slightly tanic and bitter which is very complimentary. Nice
jonas (6673) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of licorice and raisins.
Color is ebon heaven with a nice creamy head.
Taste includes raisins, chokolate, brandy and other things which cannot be disclosed due to national security. Full body and a long velvety milk-chokolate aftertaste.
Cobra (1100) - - JUN 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Batch # 55. 12 oz. brown bottle. This beer started off on a bad foot with me. It's way, WAY over carbonated, and I got a glass full of foam, and only 1" of actual beer in the bottom of the glass. It was poured cold, but by the time the damn foam settled down, it had gotten warm on me. I hate warm beer. Anyway, it poured out black as coal. Not brown in any sense of the word, but black. Dark tan head that won't quit. I had to scoop it out with a spoon, just to get a taste of beer, and not foam. Strong aroma of alcohol hits you right off the bat, with dried prunes, dates, and other dark fruits coming in a close second. Slight note of hops in the background. Tastes strongly of malts, with a roasty flavor to it as well. Charcoal flavors in it as well. Chalky, and dry finish to it. Not such a bad beer, but let's cut down on the heading agents, ok guys?
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown color,tall tan head with small mountainous craters forming,lots of lasting power here.The aroma is malty,chocolate and slightly smokey.Nice flavor,roasted malt,coffee,and alcohol.The aftr taste was malty with a coffeeish taste as well and the alchol following close behind.This is a pretty decent brew but nothing to special IMO.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured dark, reddish-brown with a huge light brown head that took its own sweet time to settle - left great lacing though. Aroma is hoppy, roasted malts, carmel and prominent alcohol. Alcohol is also prominent in the flavor - a little too much so for my tastes - along with smoked malts, molasses and piney hops. Mouthfeel is wonderful, full-bodied and lightly carbonated. Long finish of hops and raisans. A rich, well crafted brew that does indeed serve as desert.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2003 5/23/03: bottle.
colossal head which diminishes leaving a good amount of lacing. deep brown-red body. malt and hop aroma, clean and a bit sweet. malty, with a hop aftertaste. somewhat of a wheat bite when beer warms.
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 Bottle - Batch 53 - This smelled like chocolate covered, smoked figs to me. It hid the alcohol very well. The chocolate lingers and lingers in the aftertaste. I didn't get any smokey taste. It probably hid behind the chocolate. This style reminds me of an Imperial Stout. Not a beer I would try again, even though I love Imperial Stouts.