shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark oily black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is loads of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, raisins, plum, and some molasses. Flavor is molasses, roasted malts, raisins, anise, chocolate, and a bitter roasted finish.
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a larger dark head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, liquor, and earth/dirt notes. Body is a little thin, which detracts from the overall enjoyment of this. Earthy, roasted malts in the forefront of the beer with coffee and herbal notes, and some chcolate rounding it out. A little too earthy for my tastes, but an excellent stout anyway. I’m interested in trying this again.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ink black, thin looking with large brown foamy head. Cherry notes lie underneath a pleasant roasted chocolate aroma. Delicious wet bitterness. Smooth medium body. Very easy drinking and quit enjoyable. Very gentle warmth. Dry finish.
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
07/12/07, thanks to henrikb for this one. Black with a small tan head, fades to a ring before long. Aroma of some coffe, big roasted malts, a little brown sugar, and some light ash. Aroma was roasty with malts and a little coffee, raisins, and an ashy roasty finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Good, but not amazing.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Aromas of chocolate and more dominate was roasted coffee. Black body with dark chocolate head, mild lacing. Coffee flavor, roasty, creamy chocolate in the mix. Medium body brew. Smooth and enjoyable beer on the palate. Good stuff.
piscator34 (1996) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample via boutip. Almost black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of good dark roast coffee, and black chocolate. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of hop. Medium bodied, and fairly dry... just the right balance of sweet+ roasted malts and hop bitterness. Very drinkable for a beer of this level of alcohol. Very classy stuff. Impressive!
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of dark chocolate, liquorice, molasses, and hops. Dark brown with a fairly dark brown head and creamy bubbles. Initial intense bittersweet bite. Oaty. Expresso, some chocolate with a bitter duration. Coffee becomes more intense as you drink it. Creamy medium thick palate. Fairly well balanced and drinkable. I was even able to concentrate on doing some work after drinking a large bottle. Very good.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle with a HUGE thanks for lb4lb. Aroma of bitter coffee, dark, dry chocolate, vanilla bean and dry, roasted malt. Pours rich, full black. Oily pour with a reddish khaki head. Lots of bittersweet chocolate on the palate. Some coffee and dry malt. Not as complex as I was hoping. Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation. Finishes with a bitter chocolate and coffee astringincy. Thanks a ton DENIZ!
Re-rate 5/30/2008. This new batch is leaps and bounds worse than the last batch. Thin, ashy, astringent, bitter. Bitter roasted coffee, bitter roasted malt. Ugh... top 50 my ass.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the First Houston Tasting
No light penetrates this bad boy. Smells of chocolate coffee and cocoa. Flavor follows suit. Full mouthfeel. Awesome beer; words won’t do it justice.
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22.3oz bottle. Pitch black. 13.99 a bottle...at the store, not the bar. This beer is really quite delicious. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt flavor. The oats give it a nice creamy mellow body and the coffee delivers a subtle sweet bitterness in the finish. Completely overpriced, completely world class.