Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with no head. Aroma is coffee, licorice, smoke, very roasty, caramel. Taste is roasty with coffee, a light citrus type tartness to it, cream, and dark chocolate. Good stuff.
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as dark as the hole implies, brown seeps out the edges of the glass. Coffee and licorice are extremely evident through the inhale. The palate is extremely dry, almost chalky...definitely not my favorite imperial stout. Speedway puts this one to shame and I wish I had a bottle of Surly Darkness or Dark Lord to compare. Not something I would drink regularly and I am a HUGE fan of the style. Good but definitely doesn’t warrant it’s status in the top 100.
EithCubes (5138) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green glass, corked and caged. Nose is surprisingly hoppy for an impy, otherwise draped in licorice and anise; a deep, heavy roast with plenty of salt and perhaps too much black malt. Excellent espresso notes. Pitch pour with a rocky but short-lived dark brown head. Taste is both brusque and burlesque, dark and bone-dry, bitter and extremely biting – really rips into the throat, and that’s not from alcohol. Really one for the big boys to play with. Lesser anice and licorice and salt, but still cruelly potent. Full body with evident alcohol. Aftertaste is likewise brutal and viciously dry, with a nice, long coating of espresso. The name is certainly well-chosen. Not as satisfying or drinkable as, say, the Dark Lord I had a week ago, but still pretty amazing!
thornecb (4639) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head slowly recedes to skim surface. Deep chocolate, espresso and alcohol aromas. Soy and espresso with a lasting alcohol finish.
b33r (689) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Dark brown color with small diminishing dark brown head and very little lacing. The rich aroma is the best thing about this beer. Intense roasted aroma that’s a little musky and sweet. Flavor is very good. Extreme coffee flavor as to be expected, creamy and sweet in the middle and bitter at the end. At 14% abv it’s a lot better than Mephistopheles- more flavor and less alcohol burn.
watchnerd (22) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle.Do they even make a 750ml?Aroma like Jaegermeister meets Starbucks, but in a good way. A decent head for a stout, but not a huge one from an absolute point of view. Damn tasty, but, if you’re in California, the North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout is probably better value for money. Elsewhere, this is a fine alternative.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dam good beer here. Not as coffee’y as i’d hoped but it’s there. the 14 %abv is just ever so slightly evident in the throat. nice creamy mouthfeel. black as night. great stuff. seems a bit tart/sour right at the end but fades fast to a nice boozy taste.
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle. Black body with a small creamy brown head. Boozy dark fruit aroma with some hoppy citrus notes. Surprisingly bitter flavour, roasty acidic coffee notes. Hot alcoholic undertones, strong eye opening acidic character to the finish lingers is a bit rough and is not particularly welcome. Smooth medium palate. (3+) Very interesting with a lot of depth and character but I do not know if I particularly want more. Good in its way, but ultimately rather disappointing, I had hoped for something different. Following it up with the Nogne Dark Horizon cast it in an even less flattering light.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml foil-wrapped, caged & corked bottle (cork was synthetic). Pours a completely, opaque black. The head forms slowly into a thin brown layer and then subsides quickly into next to nothing. The aroma is strong and complex: strong roasted notes, dark chocolate, dark cherries, hints of acid/vinegar, herbal notes (a subtle mint if you get a really big whiff), and alcohol. The flavor starts very roasty with coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, and dark fruits. The middle of the tongue picks up more fruit (interesting fruity bitterness with hints of acid/sour). There are some very strong roasted and almost savory notes all over the tongue. The layers of flavors are complex - lots of fruit, coffee, chocolate, and malts. The finish continues the trend with a subtle sourness and a not-so-subtle level of roasted grains and coffee. The finish is also hot with alcohol (next time I find this one, I’ll cellar it for a couple of years...). The texture is medium in body (unexpectedly light given the strength and maltiness), quite oily after you swirl it in your mouth a bit, and zippy all over the tongue from a decently high level of carbonation (despite the lack of head upon pouring). Overall, a very interesting beer with lots of intriguing flavors - but quite rough around the edges at this age (I just bought it one month ago - so this beer definitely needs some cellaring).
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 What a pleasure to drink tis beer! Pours black with 1 finger of thick tan head. Some really nice lacing as well . Soy, roast, and molasses on the nose with notable hints of coffee. Roast and chocolate up front finsh’s with a blast of alcohol. This one is really gonna be nice in a few years. A true winter warmer.