jrob21 (2558) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brawleys. I had to buy this in another state ícause all the dudes in this GA hoarded all of it. Nice stout. Iím getting ready for the time of year when these go perfectly. Smooth and slightly sweet. All the elements play well here. Oat malt gives some body. Coffee aromas and slight bitter coffee flavor. Some bittersweet chocolate notes in there too. Creamy texture. Big brown head.
OldGrowth (2662) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Samís Blue Light. 9/3/07. Real good aroma, sweet & roasty, Oat, coffee, milk, cocoa, banana. Blackish brown color, good cocoa beige head that slowly faded to a small cover. Bittersweet flavor, Coffee, baking chocolate, little dairy, little viney. Thick body, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish with a bitter streak. Very good stout. Enjoyed every drop, Flavor was great the whole way through. Body might of thinned a bit as it warmed.
jbird73 (10) - orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very dark beer that has a great aroma with a bit of mocha and oatmeal. Very smooth going down. velvety finish. good to the palate
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black color with thin ring of chocolate colored foam that coats the glass. Fresh roasted coffee aroma with faint hints of cocoa powder and dark fruits. Roasted barley and coffee flavors hit the tongue followed by subtle notes of chocolate covered cherries. A slight smokiness is apparent before a dry bitter roasty finish. A well crafted stout for sure, but not one of the worldís best IMHO.
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a intense black color with a small tan head. Very little lacing. Nose is rich with coffee, roast, mocha, and hints of oats. The taste is a creamy blend of roast, coffee, chocolate, and light bitters. The coffee compliments the brew well rather than overpowering it.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle placed into my brand new, shiny beer graile. Iím pretty excited about it and decided to break it in in style. Pour is really thick and blackish brown with a short-lived brown head that, with time dies down to a thin film on the surface with a few bubbles rising above the etched area on the bottom. Aromas are strongly charcoal-ish with lots of peat and espresso. Maybe there is a bit of an anise seed tilt to it, too. Mouthfeel is silky and exquisit. The smokey charcoal flavor leads the charge, but is quickly supported by some espresso, dark chocolate and peat... and I think that Iím picking up some of that anise in the background. Very smooth and I could probably drink several bombers of it before I realized what a bad idea that was. For a plain Jane stout, this is fantastic... I must say that, while at first I was a little disappointed (expecting some sort of trumpet blast or other sort of epiphany/divine experience and not finding it) this really grew on me as I worked my way through the bottle... take your time, enjoy it and let it air and warm.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from Florianís. Pitch-black completely opaque body with a good inch of light brown head. The first completely opaque beer Iíve ever had. Smells like burnt malt and good coffee. Tastes like burnt and roasted malts, as well as oatmeal with a generous dose of coffee as well. No real hop or alcohol presence here. This stout is thick - you could cut this with a knife and fork. Probably the thickest feeling carbonated beer Iíve ever encountered. Definitely a sipper due to the big taste and mouthfeel, but one sip definitely invites another like few beers do. I am unbelievably impressed with this beer. I cannot say enough good things about it; it exemplifies everything I love about stouts - and about beer in general. A new favorite! I could drink this morning, noon, and night. Iíll be buying many several more in the coming weeks!
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black beer with a dark brown head. Coffee, roast,chocolate aroma with the coffee getting stronger. Coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate and late astringency. LIngering coffee, licorice. Fuller bodied. Nice complexity. Too much coffee for my tastes, but still a very good beer
andersskov (14) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On bottle. The appearence is a very dark color and af large thick and creamy head. Light bitter taste and a full body, very creamy texture. A good taste of chocolate and coffee. The finish is a delicate mild taste of the chocolatemalt.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2008 Bottle: Pours a beautiful opaque black with an extremely dark brown, thick, head with good retention. Has an enormously rich aroma. Deeply kilned malts, rich chocolates, espresso/mocha, freshly ground coffee beans, licorice, tobacco and even more. Very creamy, velvety mouth feel with nice, subtle, mild carbonation. Tons is anise and licorice with everything else you could want in a Stout. Espresso, tiramisu, licorice, dark chocolate truffle, a boozy quality, burnt flavors and so much else. The finish has a ton of dryness to balance out the ridiculous body. An exceptional Stout that should be classified as an Imperial.