jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, 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 (2536) - 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 (7306) - 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 (3029) - 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.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour: Deep oily black. Head: thin, fizzy/creamy, dark brown. Aroma: coffee, roasty, malt, soy sauce, alcohol, burnt malt. Flavor: coffee, roasty, bitter, soy sauce, alcohol, malty, burnt. Palate: thick bodied, lively. Finish: warm, roaty, coffee.
emacgee (4307) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Holy crap. The color is black, oily. Darker than any "stout" Iíve ever seen. Thick creamy brown head. The aroma was sweet, dark sugar, molasses, rich roased chocolate, coffee, an earthy burnt wood, and alcohol. The flavor was rich rich rich, coffee, burnt wood, bakers chocolate, alcohol, warming impyish quality, very malty, waxy hoppy aftertaste. The palate is complex, it has a warming quality from the alcohol and yet the brew has a smooth cool feel in your mouth. One of the most complex and satisfying beers Iíve ever had.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours black black with a rocky head thatís very brown... dark all around. The aroma reminds me of oatmeal, with a strong cappuccino character and little whiffs of vanilla and licorice. The flavor is smooth coffee almost immediately. There is also some sweet chocolate and noticeable oats. The middle has some vanilla and nut tones, but still a bunch of coffee and oats. The coffee isnít overwhelming, but it does stick around. Licorice emerges in the finish after a while, and even a little bit of hoppiness. Great stuff. I want another.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle - To say this beer is midnight black would be like calling a Model T white. This beer is DARK even for a stout. There is a tremendous cocoa colored head that lasts forever. Flavor- If you pay attention, you can actually discern the coffee from the oatmeal flavors. This beer is is loaded with flavors. Very good.