MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 500ml bottle, and served in a snifter. This imperial stout poured a beautiful black with a one-finger thick, creamy, dark tan head that slowly faded down to a thin layer that lingered around for the duration. The aroma of this brew was made up of milk chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, coffee, and also a light floral hop note. The flavor was all about the roasted malts. The other flavors detected included chocolate, oats, coffee, finishing off with a lasting, dry, roasty bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with some oily slickness. It was full-bodied with very moderate carbonation. All in all, a very nice beer. The flavor lacked a bit of complexity, but it was still very appealing.
Ratman197 (12668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a nearly opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Palate was medium to full bodiede and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, dark chocolate, light coffee and light vanilla with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great delivery from mcox90. Black as a night in deepest darkest africa. It pours thick like a liquid meal. Aroma of the coffee and chocolate with the taste of the above with heaviness on the coffee. Finishes with alcohol heat. Would be great on a cold fall or winter day.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mostly great beer but not outstanding. Pour was dark black with descent beige head. Nose was big on all of the great stout traits: chocolate, malt, coffee, barley. But then digging into it I found it to be a bit flat. Those flavors all were there but there was nothing that made me go wow this is great. It felt like I it was just going through the motions. Heres the chocolate notes, and here we have the malt flavors and so on. Kind of boring, but still tasty.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a mostly receding light bronw head. Aroma of dark chocolate, light hoppiness, light roast, and herbal hoppiness. Taste is sweet, malty with mild roast and notes of licorice and chocolate. Correct, this has loads of chocolate flavors. Mouthfeel is full to heavy bodied, alcoholic with lush carbonation. Very nice stout.
dankman (255) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark oily black with a small dark chocolate head, coffee on the nose with some cocoa, lots of coffee on the tongue with some bitterness to boot, finishes pretty clean considering the heavy body. This is a very nice impy stout, a very solid beer.
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, via anders37?. Pours a pitch black body, 100% opaque, under a generous one inch foamy brown head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. The nose is deeply roasty with some smoky hints, lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Light licorice, alcohol, and a little chalk. The flavor is a bit too chalky and burnt for my tastes, it’s almost a little ashy. The alcohol doesn’t really have a flavor impact, but on the finish the fumes rise up into my sinuses from the back of my throat. Reminds me of a quality vodka, but I don’t really like vodka. I still get that light smokiness though that I really like. Mouthfeel is a little more thin than I would expect, though I like that it’s not sticky or cloying. It’s really kinda silky in texture. Very nice super soft light carbonation. It has the body of more of a plain Stout. Overall, this was a pretty solid, though I did have some issues with how the burnt malt was so prominant. It got more tolerable and familiar as I made my way through the bottle.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweet coffee and chocolate aroma. Rich complex flavor with little bitterness cleverly conceals the alcohol. The flavor is very unique and I cannot say I have tried another quite like it.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a dark brown/blackish pour gave birth to a hesitant, but growing brown head that then quickly dwindled back to a very thin sheet of brown froth and a congregation of chocolate milk gravity-pour bubbles. The nose had hints of Mexican hot chocolate, cinnamon, licorice, dried fruit, & fudge. The nose had impressive depth that i admire. Silky mouthfeel intro...the flavors quickly follow...deep, sophisticated spiced chocolate, cream, and bitterness..its thick and the carbonation tame...its warm and quite mellow...the simplicity is the depth here.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml from Sam’s, Durham. Very rich and creamy impy, with an impressive flavor of biscuit malts, roasts, and deep bitter chocolate. Smooth and dry, and reserved despite the bold flavors. Impressive, and will gladly sample this again.