CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, sampled in May of 2006: Pours an opaque black with a nicely-lacing dense tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet very roasted malt with lots of fresh piny hops and a touch of butterscotch. Body starts with a lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate malty presence with higher levels of carbonation. Roasted bitter malts and hops balances fairly well with the sweet dark malts before a drier bittersweet finish. Not that imperial or complex, but a good beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black, creamy thin tan head. Pine and spruce tones up front with underlying coffee and soft chocolate notes. Scorched coffee bitterness and pine flavors throughout with only small hints of chocolate that round it out. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly burnt finish. Hard to classify this as an Imperial Stout. I’d go more along the lines of black IPA...
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Black pour with massive foamy head with the color of chocolate milk. Strong hoppy aroma, well dry hopped. Definatl subleties of roasted malts hiding behind the dominating hops. Flavor was also dominated by hops, more so than I would have expected. Overall, good beer, but a little hoppier than I would have liked for the style, leading to a dissapointing imbalance.
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared with gputty. Dark pour, foamy tan head. Aroma is hops, chocolate, and malts. Flavor is a bit thin, with mostly hops, and bits of chocolate, malts, and oats.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black brew with huge foamy brown head. Very strong hop aroma. Big bitter burn, very warm, sweet, sharp and piney. God the burn, it haunts you. Delicious.Hops is very powerful in the flavor with notes of malt creeping through. Strange feeling on the tongue like you licked a piece of metal. Not as heavy bodied as I anticipated, very drinkable and enjoyable. Very hopped up for a stout vice the normal liquid chocolate treats.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 It smells like a brewery due to it’s heavy hop aroma (reminds me of my kitchen when I brew a batch). Roasted flavors, with a persistant hop flavor as well. The beer was not as creamy as I expected, and I expected the beer to be a little less hop oriented, but overall it was not that bad of a brew.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a dark brwn, gigantic mousse-like head. There’s a surprising inital hop blast in the aroma, and it persists. Eventually, roasted and chocolate malt aromas appear, and the combination is reminiscant of a pot brownie.
Surprisingly medium bodied for the style, the beer is crisp and clean with some coffeeish bitterness. The beer is indeed very fresh, an impression imparted by the hops, but this is otherwise on the subtle side for something I was expecting to be bold.
The beer finishes with an average-length malty finish. Interesting approach with the high hop levels, but I don’t think the flavors harmonize as well as they could.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bomber. Pours black with a dark coffee head. Nose is wonderfully hopped, sweet pine and chocolate. Flavor is sweet, bitter chocolate with pine in the finish.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black, with a brown creamy head, nose of coffee, roasted malts, burnt toast. Flavor is creamy, lots of coffee, dark malts, and a potent hop finish. Pretty good.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber from my Secret Santa Numenor, no date. Pours black with a towering four finger head into my La Fin du Monde tulip, and I only got about 8oz poured. After a few minutes the tan head has died down to a modest one finger. The aroma reminds me of Gonzo Imperial Porter with a lot of pine, leafy hops and roasted malts. Also there is a bit of almonds, soy, alcohol, oats, and vinous characteristics. Flavor is more roasty bitter malts and charred wood. The piney hops are in there as well. Dry finish with lingering bitterness. Medium to full bodied and smooth with light to moderate carbonation--must’ve all gone to the head. This is Legend’s best brew, as far as I’m concerned.