BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big dark black/brown opaque pour with a thin brown head. Huge aroma....frankly, I enjoyed the aroma more than the flavor---but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it! Reminded me of DFH WWS a bit. The last few raters hit it right...lotsa roasted malt....vanilla, chocolate, burnt malt....alcohol, woody, some dark fruits....it really works your palate out hard. Great full body.....definitely my idea of a great beer to sip over the course of an entire evening.......would love to have again.
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Penetrable but deep molasses-brown. Fine caramel-hued bubbles possess the consistency of meringue. Wispy lace dots the sides of the glass with each sip. Richly earthy and smoky espresso-like scents comprise the one-dimensional nose. Hints of charcoal, prunes, chocolate fudge, metal, resin and ash. Carbonation boasts a velvety softness. Beautifully conditioned. Malt- and coffee-derived acids gently tingle the palate as a swift kiss of alcohol provides immediate warmth. Mild tannin presence from the coffee accentuates the sharp charcoal and alcohol. The core is curiously hollow, maltwise, and entirely devoid of complementary esters and soft maltiness. Brisk notes of char and feathery touches of vanilla are seemingly all that remain to support the overbearing coffee. All other subtleties have gone by the wayside. Slightly tacky residual sweetness, unclean yeastiness and a greenly hoppy bite of resins clutch the palate with a weighty tug, further dulling the potentially bright nuances. Perceptible ashen dryness battles the oily java qualities, with neither coming out on top. Finishes noticeably metallic, yet tar- and fudge-laden with crunchy notes of smoky char and burnt cookies beneath it all. All in all, the excessive weight and number of minor flaws (dull yeast character, no bright fruitiness, "flat" resinous hoppiness, etc.) in this make it tough to choke down half a bottle. I’d love to see some softer pale malts to improve the texture and absorb the overt acidity and ashy java. Coffee fanatics are likely to go gah-gah over this. To my nose and palate, the lack of balance keeps it from becoming very enjoyable. In fact, after half a bottle, it becomes a chore to drink as the acidity (and numerous albeit subtle flaws) overwhelms everything else. Will probably go over quite well in tastings (hence the high score), but if you’re willing to spend some time with this, and have more than a few large gulps, it’s hard to find anything divine about it.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dar black with thin coffee colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, sugar cane, alcohol, oat and lots of roasted coffee. Taste of sweet and dark chocolate, toast, roasted maltiness, fig sugar cane, a strong presence of roasted coffee. Although there is a nice alcohol warmth to this beer, it is pretty smooth and creamy. Kind of sweet with a dry bitter coffee finish.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foamy, frothy, yeasty aroma with some cherries and coffee. Frothy head. Oak, wood, leather, cream cheese, cherries. Mild palate. Not overly alcoholic in the flavors. Slight smokiness. Very drinkable.
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Poured as close to black as you can get with a nice brown head. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. The taste is similar, slightest bit of hops and dark fruits, mostly cherry. Burns on the way down in a good way. Thick and creamy. A good imperial.
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botle. American version. Not sure how this bottle compares to the original rare 100 numbered bottled version but I have to say that I’m really impressed.
Aroma was so intoxicating. Nice blend of hops, roast, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Taste is slightly bitter. Hoppy bite. Slight alcohol noted, roast. Wow! Normally these type of qualities do not match well. But here they are perfetly paired. Cheers to Mikkleller!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml Bottle: Sweet malty aroma. Smells of chocolate, piney hops, alcohol, tar, roasting, vanilla, and coffee. Poured pitch black in color with a large, foamy, rocky, milk-chocolate-brown head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, piney hops, alcohol, coffee, cream, roasting, and vanilla. Medium to full body. Thin, chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Chocolate and pine hop finish. Overall, 14% ABV is well hidden. Nice amount of hops.
after4ever (6069) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330. Not quite the wrestle-ya-to-the-ground revelation that might have been expected, but still a positively lovely little impy. Well, not "little," but you know what I mean. Big dusty nose with chalk, cherry, prune, soy, and chocolate peeking through at different times as it comes up to temp. Cellar temp was a wee bit chillier than normal here in the Pacific Northwest today, so the beer got to reveal its character gradually, for better or worse, since it was the first one I opened tonight. Not even worth trying to talk about until half an hour (and half a glass) had gone by. Surprisingly manageable body--thick, but not insanely viscous or oily or sticky. Just a nice big satisfying dollop. All those notes from the nose return--dust and chalk, cherry, prune, soy, and chocolate. Amazingly "light" on its feet for its abv, balanced and under control. No booze showing really anywhere. Long chalky soy finish. Great stuff, bordering on a world classic.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle....pours pretty black or close to it with a hefty light brown head that dissipated after warming up....very nice aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. rich nose indeed.....flavors of rich chocolate and coffee grounds along with the slightest bitter astringency in the finish. very roasty and very well done. a little boozy as well but that was to be expected.....solid!
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of d(TheCheeseMan)snowden. Thanks Dan. Pours deep and dark with thin light brown head. In your face aroma with loads of coffee grounds with lesser amounts of burnt malts and a hint of alcohol. The flavor starts with a sense of the big ole ABV (but totally in check) followed by the big coffee noted in the nose followed by some dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruity esters. Toward the finish the coffee slowly gives way to a delicious velvety dark chocolate note. YUM.