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 (1370) - 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 (1250) - 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 (602) - 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 (3475) - 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.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OMG!! Saw this on the shelf in a local package store and decided to try it. Opened it with my two sons-in-law and we all were impressed. Black as tar with a rich and creamy brown head, the nose is greeted by coffee, chocolate, licorice, vanilla bean, roasted malt, and a soupcon of smoke. Approaching full body but not quite. Low carbonation. Creamy feel. The chocolate and coffee first greet the taste buds, followed quickly by the vanilla, malt, licorice, and smoke. Perhaps not worthy of a 100%ile rating but still a respectable and remarkable stout that deserve attention.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. This Imperial stout poured a thick, opaque black color with a one finger thick dark tan head that slowly faded away, leaving behind some excellent lace. The aroma consisted of creamy dark chocolate, vanilla, and some faint molasses notes. A very big, robust aroma. Beautiful!!! The flavor did not disappoint. Very roasty and chocolatey. There are also notes of coffee and spices. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied and a bit oily. Very minimal carbonation. A very impressive Imperial stout from Hoppin’ Frog. Highly recommended!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting - Tar black, thin tan creamy head. Deep intense aromas of espresso, chocolate crème brûlée, toffee, and vanilla oats. Big chocolate and black coffee flavors are well balanced with vanilla graham cracker undertones. Full bodied and oily, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Any thought of distribution to MD?? Rockin brew from start to finish...
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, pretty intense aromas and flavors of chocolate, coffee, mollasses and roasted nuts. Awesome!