bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was the last beer i had at the beer house...after trying to drink as many beers in about a thirty minute time, it started to catch up to me....so my rate may be a bit asque...and im not going to talk with a brogg just because i had bit of the dragons breath, mates. it came to me with a dark syrupy stare and had the nose of coffee, flee socks, and sweet rock candy sugar. it stood far away but the flavor was quit aparent alcohol that was in your face, espresso, choc malt, slow sipping beer. i’m gonna get me a wench next.
Sammy (7734) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
smooth. Very dark, and courtesy of the sample room of the brewery, with Marcus my host. The bottle version is filtered more finely. Coffee, roasted malts, some acidity,creamy chocolately mouthfeel,
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Extremely generous 20 oz pour (draft) for $4! at The Blue Tusk in Syracuse.
Gather round, ye young uns an’ I’ll tell ye the tale o’ one’a me proudest moments...the slayin’ o’ the Black Dragon of Syracuse. Now, ye’ve probly heard nought of this great monster, seeing as how he hath been denigrated, underservingly mind ye, as one o’ th’ lesser o’ the Great Black Wyrms of Stoutland. An’ so as I climbed up to his cave in the far reaches o’ the Blue Tusk Hills, I was filled with confidence far beyond yer ken, for I had slain many a’ great lizard o’ that type in me younger days, an’ the brashness o’ youth had nowt left me yet. I climbed the treacherous slippery rocks and after an eternity espied the villainous cretur down his foul wyrm-hole. Black he were, as midnight, and luminous his white crown (for in those days the great worms apparreled themselves at times as men)..sparkly and beautiful he was, and huge and terrifying. His breath as I charged him full on (thinking as I did that he were weaker than others of his kin) was powerful, sweet and succulent cocoa powder and vanilla with fiery wisps of anise...I knew before ere my sword pierced his ebon hide that he were an honest foe, and we battled endlessly it seemed, jousting in the fullness of his chocolate majesty, great gouts of bitter coffee spewing forth from that luscious hide, sour bing cherries erupting from his vitals as I pierced him to the death, decadent old port reviving my famished lips as I lay spent from the battle, bitter baker’s chocolate filling his giant evil old heart as I tore eagerly at it (for thou knowest I suspect that the heart of an old worm can grant eternal life? or the most horrible of deaths, a risk I took joyously...), juicy dark smoky pine needles bursting forth at the very end as his body was consumed in the fires of Hell....I dare say I’ve nought seen his like before, and tiring and dangerous though that battle were, I’d face the old wyrm again on the morrow, joyously. Hear me know and believe me later, my poor lads, this was the real thing.
Note (Jan 2006) this is vastly better IMHO on tap; had it again at the Blue Tusk this Xmas and was not disappointed, but the 22 oz bottle I shared with ClarkVV in the fall doesn’t come nearly up to par, somewhat watery and flimsy though still nicely roasty and balanced. Bottled about a 4-4.2
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Growler. Opaque Black with a brown head. Malty aroma, but can detect noticeable alcohol. Not as much coffee/chocolate as I would like/expect. Smoked coffee in the start. Very light bodied. Below average for the style. Nedds more aroma and body.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark hearty brew,deep brown lasting head, good mouth feel. chocolate and coffee tastes are lasting. goes down slowly but well
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(growler) Burnt coffee/chocolate aroma. Surprisingly large brown head for an imperial. Nice thick black body. Subtle dark fruits and very bitter coffee, followed by an alcohol burn. Great, mouthcoating body.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours black, firm brown head, long lasting. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and coffee. Flavor was again roasty with notes of coffee, vanilla, and licorice. Coffee finish. Full body, decent alcohol masking. Very nice.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly opaque with a small creamy tan head and nice lace. The aroma hints of burnt chocolate malts, caramel, plums, espresso, and aromatic hops. The taste has a fruity sweet character with some light bitterness and smoke undertones. The coffee presence (which I normally like) didn't add to the palate as expected. Dry and too thin mouthfeel. The promise in the nose wasn't backed up during the taste. A average stout, nice to try once.
1more4dessert (315) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little to thin, I like a little more body in very high ethanol brews. Jet black with small head. Burnt toffee and caromel. Name is dragonslayer but if you hold up a match an exhale on it after downing one, dragonbreath might be better name. decent effort
by the way, I've had a lot of brews at the Tusk and have yet to get a bad one.
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank this at the legendary Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Only trouble with the Blue Tusk, is that the tap lines are never cleaned, and all brews have the same 'taste' to them. However this beer stood out. Roasty, good mouth feel, and big.