Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to sk8viking for the bottle, BB 6/27/2010. Poured a very deep brown with a great initial beige cap… dusting and a ring after a minute or so. Aroma picked up coffee and dark chocolatey notes.. moderate to heavy roast on it.. honey and sweet earth emerge with warmth.. quite intriguing. Flavor was of heavy dark malts, first and foremost (dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of licorice)… coffee and earthy bitterness, mild sour coffee too. A bit beyond medium-bodied.. sweet, sour, and roasty at times.. good beer with some interesting characteristics.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Very dark brown approaching black with absolutely no head. Rich dark chocolate and burnt grains in the nose, silky and creamy thick textured, with dominant charred chocolate malts showing up on the tongue. A fine imperial stout, but not ideal.
iradog (32) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark jet black color with a nice brown head. The smeel has a unique friuty way about it The taste is not to sweeet with a little hops and a hint of beer. Overall it was a well balanced
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
small tan head with fair retention, lacing is tight and lasting.A black brew, indeed. Nose of berries and dark fruit, somewhat vinous. Body is med/full, lightly oily and coating. Some roasted malt, light coffee notes and an uncomforting amount of bandaid flavor rolling around, seems non stop. Just seems to over take this brew. Finish is sweet, chocolatey and medicinal. Something,s not right here.
SilkTork (5180) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 April 2007ChrisFest Sweet and lovely. Perhaps too sweet, and with a lack of variety. But pleasant enough in a homebrew sort of way. There’s a lack of finesse here, but it’s an enjoyable ale anyway. [3.3]
Aug, 2008Chris_o’s GBBF Shindig August 08. Soft, creamy, frothy dark beer. Wood, plastic and tangy hops. The journey from soft dark malt into the prickly rosemary flavoured finish. Good. [3.7]
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark dark black. nice tan head okay lacing. Aroma was deep coffee and chocolate. Flavor was the same with some hops mixed in, even more so as it warmed. Very good beer. Well balanced all the way around.
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a thin head that readily falls. Light coffee aroma. The taste is not what I expected at all. It is not a bombastic assault on my taste buds, like Darkness or Dark Lord, or even Rasputin and Expedition. It’s got a good, strong hit of bitter and slightly burnt malt with some coffee and chocolate. The hop bitterness is up there and is all earthy, English tasting. Strangely enough, I taste something that’s like sweet oatmeal in the finish. Very nice brew.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a opaque black with a brown head. Aroma is malty sweet, roasted malts, smoky, and some chocolate notes. Flavor is smoky, malty, and a nice roastiness to it.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - APR 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky blacky with a dense one finger head that fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind a thick webbing of lace. The lacing is very sticky, and lasts throughout the entire beer. The second pour, which is only a little more aggressive, produces a two finger head that takes a really long time to fall.
Smell; dark roasted chocolate malts, with some hints of coffee and molasses really jump out at me. A bit burnt sugar and some dark fruits are present, and in the background, there’s some traces of anise.
Taste; lots of roasted coffee beans and malts, that slowly fade to some chocolate and molasses. It’s a touch sweet, but the roasted flavors more than offset the sweetness. A bit of hop bitterness and anise come out on the back end, and there’s a little sourness in the finish. Not as in your face as a lot of the American imperial stouts are, but this is one damn fine beer.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very nice smooth carbonation that helps to give this a greay drinkability.
maeib (8621) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at Chris_O Fest March 2007. A black beer with tan bubbles for a head. The aroma is thik with a good malty base and licquorice flavours. The taste is good with lovely roasted malts and more licquorice. A tasty thick malty stout.