erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Whaleman for the bottle. Pours opaque with a deep brown head that dissipates quickly to a fine lacing. The aroma is of anise, vanilla, nutmeg, huge chocolate and deep dark caramel. The body is very full. Lovely silk caresses the tongue. Not too many bodies I like better than this. ;-)
The flavors are oh soo smooth. Lots of caramel and cocoa, but only a light burnt character. The hops are non-existent in the flavor and come out only lightly with the burnt grains in the finish. A very fine beer indeed.
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good imperial, poured typical jet black with a dark tan head. Head was not as much as others. The nose was strong of coffee, licorice and alcohol. Taste was that of licorice and a almost creamy finish.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dense opaque black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is rich with chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Each sip is full-bodied with roasted and chocolate malt, dark fruit, licorice, and a slight tang.
Ughsmash (7203) - 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 (8295) - 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 (2554) - 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 (5297) - 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 (1049) - 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 (4510) - 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.