Nephilium (1250) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint aroma with touches of roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Pours an opaque black, with a dusting of tan head. Very heavy, creamy mouthfeel, very little carbonation. The taste has hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Decently long finish of roast and chocolate. Not a bad beer, something I may pick up some extras to cellar.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Pours black with fizzy tan head that converts to a thick small tan head. Lack of carbonation noted. Bourbon on the nose. Creamy mouth-feel. Lots of chocolate and roast. finish’s malty. Improves in complexity as it warms
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours inky black color with hardly any tan colored head. Aroma is huge chocolate, roast, burnt sugar. Flavor is again huge chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, burnt sugar. Palate is full bodied, carbonation is almost non-existent, finished bitter. Pretty dang solid, alcohol is a wee bit much at this point, and I would like to see just a bit more carbonation, but all-in-all quite good.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Bottle from Party Town, Florence KY. Cocoa dominates the nose with a whafe of alcohol coming through. Flavor is chocolate, plum, deep roasted malt, and an appropriate amount of bitterness without becoming overly salty. Alcohol is hidden well, but this brew is deff a sipper. Ageing would do wonders for this beer. Especially being this good from the start. An impressive impy stout.
Goblincat (379) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black and thick in the pour, with pretty much no head. Roasted and chocolate aromas are nice. Quite thick and rich, the flavor is strong with dark chocolate and some coffee and malts. The alcohol is nicely masked
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body, not syrupy, though, topped by a thin tan head. Heavy chocolate aroma with charred, roasted malts, coffee, soy, and alcohol, bitter, heavy, and hot. Sharp body with appropriate heft, dominated by roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate, but also featuring dark fruits (prune, plum), caramel, molasses, and bitter hops. Chewy and thick, finishing bitter and somewhat harsh. There is certainly a lot going on here, but this is a case of the whole not being the sum of the parts, as the alcohol and, to a lesser degree, charred notes infringe on the palate. I’d like to sample this one again in six months to a year.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black with a modest rootbeer float looking head. Mocha aromas with a green hop backdrop. Very chocolaty scents. As it warms the alcohol starts to come out and with a chocolate liqueur and saki bouquet is presented. Full, somewhat oily feel. Fairly hot from the start, which nearly instantly turns this into a sipper. Roasted malt with a dark fruit sweetness. Not a lot of depth in this one. Some dark chocolate and coffee. Light bitterness in the finish and linger. I keep coming up with some saki alcohol characteristics. A somewhat funky imperial stout. Doesn’t hide the alcohol that well. A cold night sipper. that works tonight.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2008
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
From the bottle. Poured dark brown with no head. Aroma chocolate, coffee, malt. molasses. Flavor the alcohol ( it tasted like inexpensive alcohol) took away from everything else, had a hard time picking out all those wonderful aromas,. Liked the full mouthfeel
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Comet. Pours inky black in color with a nice half inch head. Smell is coffee, alcohol and some cocoa. Taste is much the same. There is quite a bit of alcohol coming through. Very creamy and huge on the mouthfeel. Plenty of roasted flavors and coffee in the taste. After it warms a bit, the alcohol does tend to be less dominant. This is a very good beer and excellent on draft.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Opaque black with large creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, very nice. Pretty pine hoppy flavor well balanced with dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, very good. Medium to full creamy body. A nice hopped up imperial stout.