golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of alexanderj. Black pour, with thin brown head that dissipated quickly. Small amount of coffee grounds in the aroma, mostly roasted malt, and some wine-like alcohol. Sort of heavy carbonation initially. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee grounds, alcohol, general astringency. Sort of just seems over-the-top.
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a three finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black opaque color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Coffee-alcohol nose. Flavor is roasted coffee and alcohol. Lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. Pricey at $10.09 for a 12.7oz bottle from Johnís Marketplace Portland, OR.
Label has the ABV at 13.1%.
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - FEB 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bottle presentation. Pours a rich dark black like a big ol stout should. Nice brown head with good retention. This baby has some viscosity! The carbonation seems a bit low, the cork didnít really POP when it was opened. The aroma is of dark malts, dark fruit and alcohol. The taste is very robust with notes of licorice, coffee and plums. Notes of ash as well. This is a whopper of a beer but the alcohol might be a bit much as itís hot from the start to the finish.
juiceisloose (1056) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 This one poured a deep black color with a thin tan head that left nice swirly lacing around the glass. You can tell from the first smell that this is a big beer. Huge roasty aroma from coffee and roasted malts along with some dark chocolate as well. The flavor is very intense as well with the roasty and coffee flavors coming through along with a big dose of dark chocolate along with some caramel and vanilla. The roastiness and bitterness in this one is really big. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a visous feel to it with a huge warming feeling from the alcohol all the way down. I would like to try this one again as I got a pretty small sample.
jasonm (22) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jet black in color with essentially zero visibility. Short lived head of chocolate milk bubbly head. Aroma starts with chocolate-covered espresso beans are my first thought. Bittersweet dark chocolate paired with a Kona like roasted coffee. Thereís a touch of vinous acidity to it as well. Very assertive flavor that takes awhile to get a hold on as there is a lot going on. Big roasted coffee bitterness and fusel alcoho, almost lighter fluid like. A dry, char, almost smoky wood huskiness. Very dry, astringent finish Thinner than expected with assertive carbonation that is slightly caustic. Overall, its got a nice aroma and some positive flavor elements, but I found the alcohol to dominate and not in a good way.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle on 1/31/2008. Black with mahogany highlights and a durable, medium, light brown head that leaves nice lace. Espresso aroma with definite alcohol overtones, some bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit. Full body, light carbonation, and a resinous, oily mouthfeel. Bitterness prevails, both dark malt bitterness and some spicy hop bitterness, all over a background of burnt molasses and treacle. Long, bitter finish that is more like a French roast black coffee bitterness than a hop derived bitterness.
nimbleprop (5568) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 The bottle is the size of a split bottle of champagne, interesting presentation for a beer of this caliber. The title gives you a hint of what to expect, pours a deep, oily, opaque black with a delicate, slim, white head. Smells of roasted malt, alcohol and chocolate. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate, dark fruit, nuts, and coffee. The finish has plenty of heat from the alcohol and is thick on the tongue and in the throat with a lasting coffee bitterness. Very complex Imperial Stout that is a rare symbiotic blend of flavor and heavy alcohol.
dogfishho (656) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Pours black as night with no light coming through. Even the aroma hits you with the bitterness of the malts. Not much hop evidence to speak of. The head is cola colored, but dissipates relatively quickly. The flavor is massively bitter. Like coffee thatís been on the burner for too long and then stuck in the fridge. There is a great acidity and tanicity to the body of the roasty malts. On the end, thereís a mild note of bittersweet baking chocolate. Despite the assault on th palate, there is something quite pleasing about the taste. Itís not easy to drink, but it is interesting. Lots in there...
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, tan head, moderate lacing and retention. Aroma is roast, coffee, lesser chocolate and moderate hops. Somewhat vinous with hints of darker fruits. In the end, the coffee flavor dominates. Full bodied, lightly sweet. Alcohol hidden really well. Solid, best beer Iíve had from them so far.
illidurit (2230) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Inky black body with only the slightest brown hues around the edges when put up to bright light. Cascading bubbles form a dark tan head of just over a finger. It reduces to an amorphous cap, leaving fine sheets of lacing.
Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, with an odd charred pineapple quality. Some tar, dark fruits, and chocolate are also detectable.
Taste is again a bit odd for the style. Thereís a nice RIS profile of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and boozy dark fruits, but thereís also a big dose of citrusy hops in the middle of the palate. Itís like part double stout and part double IPA. Itís interesting and it works pretty well. Points for uniqueness here.
Carbonation is appropriately modest. Body isnít all that full, but itís still pretty velvety. Finish is exquisitely dry from all that roastiness.
Booze is not apparent in the flavor but it really warms the whole body. A pleasant brew for winter nights.