Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from hannont, thanks Todd. Mild aroma, some chocolate, very little trace of barrel aging. More light chocolate, some coffee, very smooth. Pretty good overall, but the barrel aging wasn’t really prevelant.
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Ohio group tasting on DLD eve ’09. Black pour with a medium light brown head. Chocolate malt aroma with some boozy influence and roasty coffee. Chocolate flavor up front that is more dry than sweet, followed by some bourbon and a creamy and bitter coffee finish. Despite all the ridiculously good beers we tried on this night, this was probably my favorite. Many many thanks to whoever brought this (I’ll assume it was Brad or Mike).
daknole (9622) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Hannont. OH MY GOD. They should rename this beer Daknole. This IS my new favorite beer. Wow. And wow again. Pours super dark brown color wtih a rich chocolate brown head. This beer looks amazing. and it doesn’t stop there. The aroma is just amazing. Tons of chocolate fudge, sweet brown sugar, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, molasses, and the mouthfeel is just ridiculous. Perfect 5. I hearby offer a plea for MORE MORE MORE!
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with some vanilla and whiskey. Heavy mouthfeel. An oily slick black. Everything an imperial stout should be. Flavor follow the nose and carries with it some coffee, chocolate, and anise flavors. A very solid brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 2005 bottle shared by sparky27...
pours deep brown nearly black with orange at the edges and a small tannish head. moderate spotty lacing.
this smells really sweet... chocolate malt powder, wood, whisky, brown sugar and molasses.
surprisingly low level of sweetness on the palate... molasses and black raisins without the sugar, milk chocolate, vanilla, wood and a huge dose mellow smooth whiskey. normally i do not care for bourbon beer but this is well done and not overbearing.
medium body with a smooth texture and soft creamy carbonation. apertif beer...8/4/8/4.5/17/4.1
8/20/11. notes of blackberry, roast, chocolate, maple syrup, earthiness and a touch of smoke. light bitterness on the finish.8/4/8/5/17
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at hellbilly’s hellraiser 3 gathering. Bottle courtesy of Sparky27. Deep black pour with a small creamy brown head. Big bourbon aroma, along with chocolate and molasses. Flavor is dominated by bourbon and wood, with some vanilla and caramel coming through. Very good stuff. Thanks Eric!
BOLTZ7555 (2852) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle courtesy of Sparky27 @ Hellbilly’s Hellraiser 3.0 Tasting...THANKS ERIC!!! Deep rich mahogany pour just shy of ebony with spotty lacing and a small latte colored head. The strong whisky aroma that rose from the body of the brew crossed my eyes at first...and then more subtle caramel, chocolate and brown sugar were evident. Molasses, Jack Daniel’s, and significant woodiness dominate the flavor. Robust. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Still a good beer, for sure.
neepsntatties (1271) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle courtesy of, "AKfaust". Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah, hallelujah, halle-lu-u-u-jah!!! Is this fantastic stuff or what?! Colour... infinitely black with a corpulent tan head. Nose... exuding anise, dark roasted coffee, DARK chocolate, molasses and dried, dark fruits. Palate.... chewy, thick, unctuous, viscous, Pedro Ximenez Solera ’27 and Christmas pudding, from the dark side. Finish... loooooooooong and resonant. All hail the Midnight Sun crew!
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle shared with the AZ Crew at hellbilly’s hellraiser 3.0 tasting. Pours black with maroon hues and a small tan head. The nose is oaky bourbon, molasses and roasty malts. The taste is vanilla, wood, brown sugar and bourbon with a light bitter coffee finish. Medium bodies. Good stuff.
jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a small tan head. Aromas are of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Coffee flavor is prevalent with some cocoa. A smooth, thick body.