KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via SS. Dark color. Smell of coffee, malt, alcohol, smoke, hops and sugar. Taste of roasted coffee, malt, hops, caramel, alcohol, and some fruit. I think this is too over rated.
Beerman6686 (6116) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a pitch black color with almost no head. Aroma is of strong coffee and wine. Flavor is also very strong coffee flavor but with a nice bitter dryness which is also a bit fruity. The alcohol is extremely well hidden in this great beer.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearing black with a medium brown head. Aroma is sweet with burnt malt, licorice and alcohol. Flavor is quite vinous and sweet with burni malt, chocolate, vanilla and anise. Finishes bitter and dry. Good stuff.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2008
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
this stinky nasty beer and my low numbers speak for themselves. I had low characters so i will say. i did not like this beer and would never buy it. I could have reviewed it with one word: GROSS
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mmmm..black beauty. Sister Iím in love. Closest Iíve come to black wine. Nice and dry..vino, malt hops, fruit..but all in a single taste.Iím gonna buy a dozen and cellar. Coffee and dark beer wine. Mmmm...Black hole.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have this puppy sitting in my cellar for 6 months and still havenít dug into it. Well celebration time, college graduation is tomorrow morning. Pours a murky dark brown color with an easily aggravated large brown head. Nose of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol is definitely apparent with touch of coffee. Initial taste of chocolate, alcohol, dark fruits and coffee. Mid palate emphasizes the roasted malts. Finishing with mild hop balance, chocolate, smokiness is also touched upon briefly. Palate duration is above average, slight dry. Good head retention and lacing of the glass. Mouthfeel was very thin for me and oily texture. Alcohol is definitely impressive with stronger hints on the nose and touches in the beggining, otherwise well balanced for sure. This is probably the easiest drinking imperial stout, especially 13.1% I have ever had. I would consider this to be my party beer since I look for full body in my imperials.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sahred bottle. Pours a basically black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee. Flavor is very similar, with some smokiness and licorice mixed in. For me, this one is a little too hot for me to really enjoy.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with slight head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol, and bittersweet chocolate. Oily/watery mouthfeel. Alcohol well balanced in the flavor. Flavor is caramel and roasted malt. Good stuff
aracauna (3457) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really tasty imperial stout. Very black. Good head. Anise and very mild charcoal. Some chocolate. Some yeastiness. Noticeable hops, but like in more legitimate imperial stouts, the malt flavors dominate so that itís just a faint essence of flavor and bitterness. The body could perhaps be a little creamier, but thatís a very mild complaint.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out pitch black with a darker than usual tan head which did not stay around for long. The taste was a bit bitter (like overoasted coffee) and quite thin in body for a beer of 13.1% alc. and nothing overly complex...perhaps it needs aging as I assume my bottle was very fresh, will re-visit my other bottle next winter.