scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oil slick black, thick dark tan head. Nose held deeply scorched coffee tones that warmed into further smokey black chocolate notes, swirls of toasted vanilla caramel, and hints of currants. Well balanced burnt bitterness throughout with more chocolate, coffee and smoke that lies over a bed of warm berries. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, burnt, bittersweet finish. Glad to finally have this one as it so totally rocks....dude...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a black body topped by a meidum thick, brown head wtih some lacing. It’s slight sweet and malty with nice roasty notes, a touch of coffee and chocolate and a good bitterness. A slight smokey note shows in the nose. Full bodied, slightly warming and a touch dry.
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Bottle. Aroma fresh with roasted cocoa and spicy earth tones. Ruby-brown cornered deep dark mahogany with no head. Strong juniper fusel flavor profile, with a multitude of floral embellishments, followed by a smack of woody coffee. Some rushes of sherry and tannins. Dries nicely. At first this was too much medicine and harsh biting cologne-like floral for me, but I warmed up to its’ unique spice and earth cast.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Night black in color. Thin, tan head rims the glass. Coffee, roasted nut hints. Sweet ut understated and light in body. Dry finish. Very nice.
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very dark colour, oblique. Head is dark chocolate colour, doesn’t last that long. Very strong sweet-malt aroma with hint of raisins and chocolate. Palate is thick and soft carbonate. Strong flavour of roasted malt, espresso. Bitter. This is very nicely balanced for so much alc.vol
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours tar with thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, pine, hops, coffee, anise, rye. Flavor is smoke, anise, pine, cofffee, rye, hops, slight chocolate.
valpoaj (613) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with a thick, milk chocolate head...a beautiful beer! Extremely enticing milk chocolate aroma compliments the pour. Flavor has roasted malt, chocolate, and a nice hoppy characteristics to offset everything. Vanilla is also evident in the flavor. Palate is nice and smooth and very creamy with a transition to bitterness in the aftertaste. An intriguing stout makes for an excellent, albeit long, drink
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 500mL bottle, sample #20 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours a very dense, oily black color; mostly headless. Lots of chocolate (milk, dark), roasted malts, and cocoa in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of dense, chewy chocolate; inky, dark fruits; chocolate is the most present note, with a light mineral hop presence; light carbonation; chocolate-forward, with a lot of roasted / charred notes coming through. 220.127.116.11.15=3.9
500mL bottle. Pours a dark black center; fluffy, medium tan head with great retention and lacing. Pleasant, toasted marshmallow and milk chocolate aroma; hints of roasted malts. Full mouthfeel: plenty of roasted and burnt malts, bitter chocolate; medium carbonation; nice viscosity and complexity. Lengthy, charred malt and bitter chocolate finish. 18.104.22.168.16=4.1
GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brown bottle, 0,5 l, batch 241, purchased February 5 2007, savoured on March 28 2007; eye: black, dark brown head that disappears almost immediately, opaque, no effervescence, no lacing; nose: nice roasted malt, high cocoa-content chocolate, vanilla, coffee, grainy hops, smoke, woody; mouth: in that order, velvety, nice roasted malt, chocolate, nice hops appearance, underlay of vanilla, a bit lactic, smooth, light presence of alcohol, mix of spices-pepper, finale in roasted malt with a bit of acridity and surprise, a bit of astringency, creamy and oily texture, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, not much carbonation; overall: as Ian says: "It’s fu#?!%$ good!"
Bouteille brune, 0,5 l, batch 241, acheté le 5 février 2007, savourée le 28 mars 2007; oeil : noire, mousse brune foncée qui disparaît presque immédiatement, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de dentelle; nez : beau malt torréfié, chocolat à haute teneur en cacao, vanille, café, hioublon granuleux en rétro-olfaction; bouche : dans cet ordre, velouté, beau malt torréfié, chocolat, belle apparition de houblon, une petite couche de vanille, fumée, un petit côté lactique, « smooth », alcool léger, mélange épices-poivre, finale en malt torréfié avec une légère âcreté et surprise, un peu d’astringence, texture crémeuse et huileuse, la rétro-olfaction fait ressortir le côté amer, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, peu carbonatée; en résumé : C’est bon en criss
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of black chocolate with subtle coffee notes was well balance and very enticing. Taste is a perfect balance between some black chocolate malt with a very subtle hint of sweetness and some subtle coffee. Creamy texture is incredible with a thick body à la Bells Expedition. No alcohol was detectable and carbonation was low. Definitely the best beer I have tasted from this brewer up to now.