LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Immy. 22 oz bottle. Pours black in color with very small brown head. Aroma and taste of chocolate and coffee.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Dan Journal #84. Tasted 4/30/2007. 22oz bomber. Opaque with a deep dark brown hue. Cocoa and bready aromas. Sweet smooth sticky malts. Good roast. Sweet initial malt flavor that evolves into a mildly bitter middle and then moves into a nice alcohol burn. Touch fruity with a vanilla undertone. Very smooth and drinkable stout.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 22 ounce bottle, RBSG Minneapolis Grand Tasting, June 23 2007. Utter blackness, very nearly opaque, thin bit of lasting head....lots of licorice, vanilla, and old & medicinal Islay scotch in the aroma, quite entrancing if a bit too boozy....body is on first taste quite thick and rich, more chocolaty-sweet than smoky-burnt, light candied fruits throughout, a touch of espresso....eventually the thickness, verging on syrup, dries out and thins and the finish is just a little on the flat side, carbonation low throughout....but it never becomes really dull; a quality pour throughout, if never exactly mindblowing.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased at Corral Liquors, Granite City, IL. Pours black with a tiny dark brown ring that clings to the edge of the snifter. The nose is of dark chocolate, sweet dark malts and a faint smoke. Medium-full bodied with a lively yet smooth palate, the flavor is sweet dark fruits, plum, coffee and chocolate. This is quite tasty.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black, very minor head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Heavy mouthfeel with flavors of bourbon, maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate.
stubob76 (1) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep black and thick, with very light tan head. Powerful aroma with coffee, caramel and chocolate. Very smooth oily feel to it. Coffee, oats and maybe a slight nutty maple hint. Hardly any carbonation. Super rich beer with overflowing flavor, not too much lasting bitterness. This is must have beer but 1 pint is about all I can do. Might be a little too syrupy sweet for me but still a wonderful beer.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black with thin tan head. floral hops, oats, sugar, nutty malt aroma. sweet and sugary. oat and some oak barrel, vanilla, mild coffee, rich chocolate. very nice stout.
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle, thanks Marsiblursi] Pours almost black with very small dark brown head. Smokey chocolate aroma. Smooth and very thick mouthfeel. Sweet, not too much hops, roasted taste, molasses. Very good.
mkgrenwel (598) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you thank you thank you moejuck. Super super thick. Sweet and syrupy, transitioning into a dry hoppy bitterness in the back. Almost like two completely different beers up front and in back. Sticky sweet maple syrup. Has the definite thick body of an oatmeal beer. Hoppy finish is pine. This is one big ass beer. As I move it around in my mouth I get cherry and even strawberry. Reminds me of Meph, but without that same grainy sweetness. Lots of chocolate as well, like a black forest cake. Almost too rich to drink a full bomber. Maybe just a touch of licorice sticking out where I don’t want it, standing as the only flaw I can really find. Not getting alcohol at all. Bitterness is moderate, but just enough to balance. Toffee. Reminds me of a Heath Bar. Good beer. This is nearly as big as a beer gets, despite the ABV of *only* 9.4%. What a rich beer. Not impeccably, magnificently crafted, but just so huge I can’t help but dig it. Really the biggest beer I’ve had other than Dark Lord, which is saying something. Kick ass.
theisti (3395) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 Enjoyed at the csbosox tasting 7/3 courtesy of Gregis and Indra (two bottles of this at a 6 person tasting, nice!). Pour is more or less all black with a rapidly disappearing tan head. Aroma is coffee, roast and a hint of dark fruit sweetness. Taste is deep coffee flavor throughout, beginning, middle and finish are all coffee roast. A whisper of sweetness. Really nice, extremely smooth (velvety) but somehow I can’t help but think this was too much coffee.