kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via iowaherkeye. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, body under a foamy brown head that left alot of intricate lacing. The aroma is very roasty with some dark bakers chocolate and coffee. Some licorice, chalk, light smoke, and light alcohol. Flavor is quite roasty with alot of burnt notes on the finish. Some caramel, chalky yeast, light alcohol, and tar. A somewhat hoppy astringent finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate soft carbonation. Slightly sticky and cloying on the warming finish. Overall, pretty good, but nothing that stands out from the pack.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of TheBeerCellar pours brownish-black w/ a small head that quickly dissipates. A different take on the style. A sweet finish that hides the ABV well. Good, but not great.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours brown with a loose tan head. Aroma, chocolate, a little smoky, with some fruits. Flavor, chocolate, roasted malts, that smoky hint again, with some earthy/roasty bitterness, and some fruits as well. Very thin, this wasnít much of an impy except for the alcohol I guess, which I didnít notice. Still a tasty stout though.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by sliffy. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma was lightly oxidised...some smoke elements, vinous notes, roasted malt and dry chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, and vinous elements. Medium body...spicy/roasty with a bittersweet finish. Not bad.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up the last six pack that was buried deep inside Bobís McFarland Liquors beer cooler, in McFarland, WI. (Lucky me!) Pours an opaque dark brown brew with some redish highlights and a thick, chewy tan head. Slowly dissolves when served property at 40-44 degrees. Awesome lacing. Aroma scents detected are several. Smoked chocolate, molasses, ripe bananas, a touch of mocoa, vanilla, and some pitted fruit. Taste is smooth, creamy, a little syrupy, with a hint of wild sour cherries. Finish is thick and a sweet flowery hop with a fruity aftertaste. Very nicely done, though I know this is not 12% alcohol. Maybe a 9.8% tops.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from KingpinIPA. Dark as night black color. Slight aroma of chocolate and Coffee. Flavor is nice: Some smoke, coffee and roasty malts. This was good, but certainly didnít wow me. If this is really 12%, that is impressive because I could barely tell.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature. Poured a clear garnet-dark brown color. Head was thick and light tan. Smelled of milk chocolate, molasses, and plum with a hint of roasty malt. Delicately sweet on the tongue and a bit thinner than I had hoped. Flavor is a nice combination of roasty maly and dark chocolate. 12 percent? If thatís true the alcohol is very well hidden.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Licorice and some vanilla stand out in the aroma.Pours black with almost no head.Get some slight roasted coffee in the flavor.Very thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt finish.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Iowaherkeye. Licorice, horrible vanilla--a really terrible aroma. Black body with a thin head. Medium to thin palate for an impy. Roasted malt, vanilla, and light coffee make up the flavor. I highly doubt this is 12%.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Provided by Styles. Dark brown, reddish tint and a small creamy tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, molases and roast. The flavor is vinous, chocolate, oats and some coffee. Soft, creamy and sessionable. Not a chance in hell this was 12%.