alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of kleyland, shared with kieferUGA and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza. Was the highlight of Day 2 of our epic tasting. Poured a black color with a smallish light brown head. Not a big fan of the green bottle. Aroma of coffee, soy sauce/meat and coffee. Called it a tsunami of flavor at the time; just very assertive. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, soy sauce with some meatiness. Palate was nice; no hint that it was 14 percent. Good beer from Copenhagen; probably liked it the least of the 3 of us.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of kleyland, shared with kleyland and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza Day 2. Pours a pitch black color. Thin, dark tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and soy sauce. Flavor was quite tasty. Coffee and roasted malts with a silky, smooth body. Alcohol was nicely hidden. Best beer of Day 2.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from JSquire at a rating party was marked 14/08/11 and poured a large sized head of foamy brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation black colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was brown malt and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of hops and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aptly named. Super dark. Dark roasted aroma and flavor. Unfortunately, it leans towards burnt. Still pretty good though.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown almost black pour with tan head. Sweet coffee aroma with a hint of hops. The flavor is intense yet amazingly smooth, with coffee, pine, and a hint of dark chocolate. The finish, while smooth, is more bitter and hoppy than I would have liked in am imperial stout. I am left a bit disappointed by this, especially when compared to other impy stouts with such a high rating.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black color, great dark head. There’s a hoppy atmosphere around this black hole and I really didn’t get the kind of coffee that I’ve had in other top examples of the genre--that’s too bad. Thick, hints of smoke, like sitting next to a fireplace. Some bitter notes in the end.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mikkeleler’s ’Black Hole’ - whoa.
Look - Pours like the black plague... dark, dark, dark.
Smells - like a coffee shop in Heaven, perhaps a coffee-flavored champagne.
Mouth feel - Nice and clean, smooth.
Taste - Nice and coffeeish, caramel and oaky notes; heavy in alcohol.
A definate must-try for fans of coffee-flavored beers. Too many of these will leave your broke and saying things you shouldn’t.
$9.99 for 12.7 oz. bottle
Sammy (9990) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$12 from Premiere Gourmet, then about $1.25 in duties. An expresso coffee experience. Thickly expresso in mouthfeel and in aroma. Pours black. I wasn’t buzzed from caffeine, it was a fine experience, it is a rich coffee experience. Bittersweet finish and aftertaste.
douglas88 (7587) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Bottle thanks to shp555. Pours a deep jet black with a nice creamy light brown head. The aroma is amazing; floral hops and burnt coffee. The taste really starts out hoppy with some hints of coffee and dark fruit. There is no notice of the ABV at all. As it warms the hops fade and coffee, dark fruit, molasses, and brown sugar come to the fore. A great beer.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Newer 07 batch. Pours black with a good sized but short lived (for the most part) brown head. Really unusual aroma, incredibly piny for an imperial stout, but not balanced like 3F Black Sun stout. Lots of hops (pine, earth, wood), a little tiny bit of roast and coffee, dark chocolate, butter, and a big dose of vodka. Flavor is a little more malty with some dark chocolate, coffee, lots more vodka-like heat, and a ton of piny herbal hop flavor. Malt flavors are very downplayed compared to hop flavor and alcohol. Finishes bitter and hoppy, more of a roasted nut flavor, a unique gentle coffee taste, and of course an assload of heat. High carbonated, a little thin. How can a beer seem so strong in flavor yet have as a little a malt presence as this does? Well, that’s because I just don’t like it. I had batch 3 Mephistopheles the other night and felt that was infinitely more enjoyable.