BCMike22 (80) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into glass snifter. Deep reddish brown. Little carb present. Sweet nose. Alcohol is present in the first taste, but muted by the rest of the flavors. Very full on the palate.
cheap (4380) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Wooooooh, black as used harley oil. Has a foamy choco mousse head. that fades after a few minutes to a tea froth. Roasty chocolaty aroma that comes across rather attractive and inviting. However, first taste yanks you back to rude imperial stout reality. A just plain illiterate stout at best. Hints of bitter chocolate in the flavors, lets chew on old campfire coals. Finish is 40 miles of bad road. Biting terrible linger. perfect for this style.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an opaque black with a tan head and golden brown edge. Milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and ash make up the aroma. The flavor is on the thin side and less complex. Sweet roasted malt and that is about it. Medium to full bodied and creamy. Warming and almost wanting to give off alcohol flavor. It did have some fumes but my bottle was not too cold.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 1 pint 6 oz bottle pours black with no head (I tried), but still manages to cling to the sides to produce lace sheets. You wanna talk about legs! Yes, this looks rich (only visual stimulus here, I’m seeing richness, OK? It is thick). The aroma is of coffee and 70% dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet, chocolate, espresso, sugar, and just plain dark. The palate is amazingly rich, almost like a chocolate espresso malted shake with some hops to try to tame this sweetness and richness. Holy crap, this is thick and heavy. I’ve not had a palate like this since the old school bottling of Dark Lord (the one you could actually chew). Overall, I’ll rate this high just because of the palate. Don’t bother having desert, you’ve got it here. This has got to be thousands of calories per bottle. The flavor rocks too, but this is over the top thick. Perhaps I need to put on something trippy to fully grasp what the Night Tripper is all about…
vyvvy (4467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ The Rotten Apple in Grafton, IL. Pours black with a dark tan head. The aroma is very creamy with a ton of milk chocolate. Medium / full body with some crispness and light sharp carbonation. The flavor is jam packed with chocolate and cream with some roastiness poking its way out as well. The finish adds some spice to the chocolaty taste. A very nice beer from New Holland.
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A quality brew. I wouldn’t but it in my heavy hitter category for stouts, but at least it doesn’t have the generic hoppy bitterness many average (in my book) stouts have. This one passes
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with ruby accents. No head. Average lacing. Big chocolatey nose with substantial malts. Cherries, tobacco and alcohol in the nose. Big aroma of those cherries that come in a jar used to serve with mixed drinks. Slightly astringent. Subtle and complex aroma for sure. Warming cocoa powder with slight bitterness. Good Stout.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a dark as night thick and sweet beer with hints of chocolate and lots of malts,I got this from a friend who was up in Michigan and he came back with this gem,very tasty and ABV was there as it warmed.CHEERS!
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 On tap at Rich O’s - Pours pitch black with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of resinous chocolate, vinous malt, alcohol. Taste is chocolate, vinous malt, peppery dark fruits, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full to heavy bodied with smooth,lush carbonation. When I had this on tap at Rich O’s, the alcohol burned my nose. A bottled selection from Liquor Barn is still a bit hot, but much more enjoyable, This is very similar to Expedition, which also needs time to be great. I’d like to cellar a few bottles of this.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle on 3/16/08. Balck/brown pour with ruby highlights. Very slowly developing spare tan head that remains as a thin layer for an unexpectedly long time. Chocolate and coffee aroma, some alcohol, burnt caramel, and maybe some vanilla.
Low carbonation, full body, slightly astringent and resinous on the palate. Roasted malt vlavors come through was a dark molasses sweetness. Some piney flavors and associated bitterness bring on a dry finish.
Initially, I was put off by the appearance., with an unexpectedly small head for an impy stout. But everything else comes together very nicely.