TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black color set off by tan head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, coffee, and fruit (raisin/plum?). Flavor is chocolate and roasted coffee. Alcohol subdued. Nice thick body. Long finsih on this complex beer. Brilliant!
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty much the darkest of the dark stouts. Very deep and complex but heavily dark/burnt flavored, which isnít a bad thing. Dark chocolate, coffee dominate with some roasted malts hinting from behind. Rich/chewy texture with a light cocoa finish.
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very black color with a brown head. There are already a lot of things going on with the aroma: coffe, chocolate, roasted malts, honey, alcohol, and maybe fruits as well. Full bodied, well balanced beer. Flavor is first on the coffee-chocolatey side with some sweet fruitiness that vanishes slowly, letting the bitterness building up (alcohol is present but not overwhelmingly). Really nice creamy/chewy texture. Nice finish that tastes like cocoa beans and virtually lasts forever. An excellent beer.
Katefan0 (5) - USA - OCT 31, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is TRULY a kingly beer. Pours black, black, but goes down extremely smooth. Powerful but sweet with a biting finish, full bodied, just excellent. Canít say enough good about it.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black color, beautifull, thick light brown head. Seductive aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol vapors, maybe fruits. Strong, powerfull, assertive flavor of chocolate and rich roasted malt, maybe hops, bitter finish, the roastyness lasts almost as long as the Energizer bunny. The alcohol is not much present even if the content is 9%. Full body, slightly syrupy texture, a bit chunky too, medium carbonation. Yup, that hit the spot really well after a long, hard day of work. I had the chance to sample this beer at Le Mondial de la biŤre but drinking a whole bottle gives a better appreciation of the qualities of the beer, very intense and rich as promised by the commercial description.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 Little carbonation.Dark brown mohagany with a dark tan layer of foam.
Nose is awesome.dark fruits ,Coffee and chocolate.I can imagine this as a wild dessert or after dinner apertifí.Port.Flavor is just as I was hoping.The roasted malts and chocolate are at the forefront but the espresso and dark fruits are so well blended in here that there isnít a dominate taste.Thick and delicious.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deepest black with ruby hints when placed in front of a light. Nice brown head. Lacing is good. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Fruity notes also. Smooth mouthfeel, chocolate grainy taste with coffee included. Hops blend in the middle and predominate towards the finish. Very well done, nicely balance. Alcohol hidden well.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black - no light is getting through this one - and had a nice brown head that disappeared as quickly as it had developed. Aroma is chocolate. Taste was chocolate and coffee, with a dry espresso finish. Alcohol was present, but this was a dangerously easy drinking stout. Great stuff.
Soutie (10) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bloody brilliant! Iíve tried to compare this to the Stone sister brew and this one comes up on top. Nice balance and thick as a milkshake. Dark as my soul and amazing dark chocolate/coffee aroma. This one truly is more like eating a big, beautiful dense loaf of dark, sweet bread. Amazing, amazing, amazing!!!
Pailhead (5567) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Bottle: Aroma is a combination of fruit, sweet chocolate, black licorice, and alcohol. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head that lasts a minute or so. Quck initial creamy malt flavor then coffee and chocolate are quickly added in the finish. Alcohol presence is not all that strong, just barely sneaks thru. It increases as you drink, and gets to the point where itís slihgtly overpowering. Moderately strong mocha and coffee aftertaste that is short lived.