crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, tiny beige head. Aroma is smokey but more on tobacco. Flavor is smoke, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Coffee in the backgroung, sweet with some mollasses and a touch of raisens, caramel and anice. Not a bad beer but really didn’t taste that great.
Tmoney99 (11619) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked bottle 13.1% from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted coffee malt,smoke and alchol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Complex smoke dark fruit stout flavor with a heavy smooth dark coffee finish of long duration. Very well balanced complex stout. This is a standout beer and maybe number 4 for style.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown in color. There’s a very nice half inch frothy head that sits atop. A little thin on the pour, but looks good in the glass.
Smell is a bit of chocolate, and some bittering hops. The hops seem to dominate the show and not let the other flavors come through. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and creamy. Plenty of beer in the states here that our at least comparable in the style. Glad I got to try, but not my cup of tea.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 12.7 fl oz green bottle from the Shelton Bros. distribution. Pours a thick black with a tall soapy tan head that collapses with lacing rings on the glass. Aroma is strong. Lots of red fruit, molasses and smoke. Apples, alcohol, and charred malts underneath. wow. Really fruity and burnt flavors. Aged leathery fruits. With layers of earthy notes, tobacco, charred/burnt malts, molasses, anise, coffee, bakers chocolate, and alcohol. The hops, alcohol, and burnt malt add a slightly harsh bitter finish mixed with anise. The fruitiness and alcohol combination detracts slightly from the brew, but with a year this will be an amazing beer.
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all this is my first rating. I had to start off with something fitting of a #1
Pours an opaque black with a thin mocha head. The palate is a silky smooth coating of my tongue.Taste of coffee lots of roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate.Smell is cherries coffee and candied sugars. A very tasty imperial stout and will be looking for more of this!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Thanks Dan! The pour is a deep, melted dark chocolate color that appears black at first glance. A foamy tan head settles slowly to a swirly, thin film with a prominent edge. Random spots of lacing dot the glass. Upon the first whiff, an avalanche of coffee and baker’s chocolate explode into the nasal passages. This monster is as roasty as it gets. Dark fruits are present in the background, but they get slapped around by the intensely strong coffee and chocolate. Moving to the flavor, things get a bit more complex, yet the intensity does not subside. Again, freshly crushed Columbian coffee beans and bitter, biting chocolate take top billing. Upon further inspection, however, caramel, nougat, and vanilla force their way through the roast. The only major flaw this beer displays, and it is forgivable given its age, is a rather intense, vodka-esque heat. This beer practically sears the throat on the way down. The mouthfeel is big, full, and smooth. To sum everything up into one word, this beer is ROASTY! It’s like Peche Mortel or Beer Geek Breakfast on steroids, though its held back a bit by its intensity and lack of balance. Still, this is clearly an excellent beer that will no doubt be world-class once its few flaws have been aged away.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy jsquire: Pours black with no head. Strong coffee, chocolate, molasses and brown sugar permeate the nose. Very warming, silky mouth feel. This is one of the finest tasting brews I’ve ever had. Flavors of raisins, plums, chocolate, espresso and cherries all combine to form the equivalent of ecstasy in a bottle. Amazing stuff.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz bottle (green bottle). Pours pitch black with a 1 cm head that is mostly diminishing, bubbly, and brown. Aroma of coffee, licorice, and a hint of caramel and maybe plums. Initial flavors include dark fruits, coffee, and a little brown sugar. Flavor ends with hops and alcohol along with lesser amounts of the initial flavors. Medium body, light carbination, with a lasting aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol content, would guess around 8%. Glad I tried it, but I think it may be a little over rated. Looks and smells better than it tastes. And what is with the green bottle?
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. An excellent beer. Reminds me of a mix of Speedway, Beer Greak, and Founder’s Breakfast stouts. Smoky nose and finish. Alcohol lingers long in the back of the throat. Very good.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz green bottle pours dark, inky, and opaque with an attractive khaki head that deposits some delicate sheet lacing. Inviting aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, and day old coffee. Full bodied with restrained carbonation and a pronounced bitterness in the mouth. Taste is overwhelming dark roast bitterness and hot alcohol. Overly bitter with stale coffee notes. Red cherries in the background, but vague. Chocolate, unfortunately stays in the aroma. Might be better with some age.